The schedule is served

In non-conference play, three out of the four teams are from a lower level division and not really someone that would attract much attention to their play or the game.  I still say both FAU and ASU gave us some problem area’s to work on and challenged us in some others. Why are we playing low level team instead of another BCS great?

Some fans are asking this question, rather wanting the good ole days where high level ranked teams would go head to head to see who was the best.  Trying to play up to someone’s level instead of playing down to another’s.  If anyone looks at our Conference Schedule, you will see it ususally is based with some pretty good teams that could change the final letter either way, and much of Nebraska’s focus needs to be on those teams.  Yes, it would be awesome to see a NU vs. ND,  a NU vs. LSU, or a NU vs. PSU, but with how the money issue and home field advantage has started to decrease the potiental of getting high profile teams to play in our none-conference games, we get the fortune of being able to play those “so-called” “lower-level” football teams.  It definitely helped Nebraska see where they need to improve before actually playing the big boys.

Shatel: November time for big games

It’s big-game week here in God’s country, but elsewhere they are wondering how to liven up September. Esteemed colleague Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star opines that the Big 12 should consider playing more conference games in September — such as this week’s game matching Texas Tech and Texas — à la the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast. The thinking is that it makes the Big 12 more attractive to TV networks.

I’m all for that — if I don’t have to give up my conference games in November. To see Nebraska play Louisiana-Lafayette between games with Oklahoma and Kansas would be an absolute momentum-killer. Don’t mess with my conference schedule; I want the league dramas to build each week toward a Thanksgiving crescendo. To me, that’s college football. Now, if the Big 12 athletic directors would like to knock off one of the meaningless nonconference games and replace it with a ninth conference game, I’m all for it. But that won’t happen. Too many Big 12 schools need the seven home games. For NU, that’s nearly $5 million a home game.

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