Posted by Baseball Devil on May 12, 20 at 22:13:22:
In Reply to: Re: Can u imagine the SEC playing 11 conf games? posted by PowayDevil on May 12, 20 at 07:00:07:
Itís called gaming the system and being smart. The Pac 12 staying at 9 conference games after the expansion was only done to allow more schools to get a game in California each year, which is significant for recruiting. It also allowed Stanford, USC, Cal, and UCLA to play each other on an annual basis despite being in different divisions of the conference. On top of that it adds more desirable content for the Pac 12 network. With the interest level in the Pac 12 network and attending games prior to the pandemic being what it was prior to the pandemic, going to 8 conference games would be wise from a CFP perspective but not from a financial/attendance/TV ratings perspective and those pay more of the bills than the CFP. The Pac 12 handicaps itself w the 9 game conference schedule but part of that is bc it has to. The SEC will still get solid ratings even for conference teams playing Sun Belt, CUSA, FCS schools, etc. And those games still sell out at pretty much all SEC home stadiums. So the SEC has nothing to lose by playing those games. The only way the playing field is leveled in this regard is the CFP or the NCAA stepping in and making a uniform scheduling rule. That wonít happen until the pandemic is no longer an issue.
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