Longtime readers know well the history of Giglionosis, a non-fatal condition in which sanctimonious sports writers feel compelled to express outrage over a
I-A/I-AA FBS-FCS matchup daring to ruin their Saturday afternoon.
Fans don’t care. They still buy tickets. Coaches are on record not caring. They agree to them. Athletic departments don’t care. They draw up the contracts.
But the sports hype machine? This .. should not .. pass!
Major mismatches of talents thrown together in classic David vs. Goliath battles are wonderful when it’s March Madness, but football?
EVERY game must be an EPIC collision of historically GODLIKE programs which guarantee a HISTORICAL contest!
Ohio State vs. USC or bust, baby! And we do mean bust!
Snark aside, it does appear that, like master puppeteers, the sports media will get its way.
Recently it was announced there will soon be a FBS playoff of sorts. And it will probably mean the death of intradivisional contests within D1.
One of the criteria for determining the Bowl Championship Series national semifinalists in 2014 will be strength of schedule. It’s second on the list behind overall record.
“It’s real hard to know what’s going to happen,” offered Bobby Hauck, UNLV coach and ex-Grizzly skipper. “I think people are going to be limited in how many (FCS teams) they can schedule.
“The other interesting thing is some of the paydays for FCS teams (against BCS foes) are going away as well. It’s a little bit less pay friendly.”
As near as we can recollect, App State still has games set with two FBS foes – Georgia in 2013 and .. /gulp .. Michigan in 2014.
Regardless of App State classification by 2014, it appears the days of taking on quality FBS programs who like a FCS challenge are over.
Speaking of which …
/points at UNC Chapel Hill, laughs