Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
Originally posted by Negrodamus:
what's up with all this power house teams playing opening games with d2 opponents
No offense, but is this your first year watching CFB? That's par for the course.
edit: and it's total chicken-sh!t of them to do so, I might add. They're afraid of having their season ruined right out of the gates, and are looking for a 40/50 point win against a lesser opposition.
ASU isn't a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but we have to open up against TWO d2 opponents this year.
First, by state law ASU must play Northern Arizona every other year (legislature made the rule to help earn NAU money).
Second, SJ State was scheduled to play us but backed out about 6 months ago. ASU contacted EVERY D-1 school (well not PAC teams), about doing a home-home series starting this year, EVERY school said no.
So my point us, sometimes its not purposeful planning. Its extremely hard to schedule OOC games, every team actually wants to schedule big games but it always comes down to how much $$$ a team will pay the visitor (in CFB, home team pays visiting team to come play). So its a big economic negotiation, and not so much about what happens on the field.
Against weak teams, typically you can pay them crap money and keep all the home revenue to yourself.
Against quality teams, you have to split more home revenue.
[ Edited by SunDevilNiner79 on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:30 PM ]