You know how you know you’ve got a week football schedule? When your school’s athletic director has to constantly defend it.
Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin has been clear about his desire to avoid a ninth SEC football game because it might hurt the Bulldogs’ chances of becoming bowl eligible. This year, he’s used his non-conference openings to line up Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama and MTSU. Several national media outlets have called out that lineup as being one of the biggest laughers in all of college football.
But Stricklin doesn’t sound like a man who wants to make Dan Mullen’s schedule much tougher moving forward:
“We have an incredibly tough conference schedule,” Stricklin said. “Our overall strength of schedule, if you look at the computer rankings, I think is usually pretty high…
We’ve had 16 straight sellouts and we have a waiting list for tickets, so whatever we’re doing right now seems to be working from a fan perspective. And we’ve been to two straight bowl games, so it’s working from trying to produce a consistent winner perspective.”
Fair enough. If State fans will pay good money to see the University of North Carolina at Winston-Marlboro come to town, why not keep playing teams of that ilk?
Oh. That’s right. The new strength of schedule factor which is to somehow be weighed by a selection panel when it comes to college football’s new playoff and its biggest bowl games. We used MSU as an example when discussing that issue earlier this week. Well here’s what Stricklin told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal about that situation:
“When the day comes when strength of schedule is used to determine – I guess it’s kind of used right now in the BCS formula – when we get to the point where that’s a concern for us, we’re going to make sure we take care of that piece of it.”
Until then, State fans will just have to continue to overpay for four big, delicious cupcakes every fall.