It's completely embarrassing that major college football teams schedule crappy FCS and other overmatched opponents that they can blow up by 70 points. Hopefully the new playoff will more effectively consider strength of schedule and not reward teams for running up the score on opponents they shouldn't even be scheduling.
I agree philosophically, but the problem is that there is a pretty strong incentive to schedule those cupcakes. There's not a lot to be gained by being the team that stands on principle and refuses to do it.
Another issue, and Ed touches on this, is that there's not a lot of differentiation between the bottom, say, 30 A-level schools and the top AA schools. That being the case, even if scheduling AA schools were prohibited, you'd still have top-tier teams scheduling teams that aren't really discernibly different from AA programs.
To me, this whole thing is at its worst when you have a top school schedule a AA team and a team that just stepped up from AA to A football. UF did this a few years ago, and any team that's playing Ed's GSU and a AA is doing that this season.
I stopped paying attention near the end, but I think that might have been in lieu of an easy FG. You can't just go into the victory formation with 10 minutes left on the clock because you feel bad for the opponent. THat would be worse. Also - we went down in polls after week 1 because we didn't win by as big a margin as Oregon, so.... anybody that says margin of victory is no longer a consideration has underestimated the human factor in the rankings.
Yes, I believe that was the case. The options were: go for it, punt on an extremely short field (which would have been extremely insulting), go to victory V with 10 minutes left to play (also extremely insulting), or kick the field goal. It seems to me that the least of those evils, by a pretty big margin, is kicking the field goal. That's what any team with a substantial lead would have done in that situation; trying to convert the fourth down was a blatant attempt to run up the score by opening the door to another TD.
The argument that margin of victory matters rings pretty hollow when we're talking about beating a doormat by four fewer points.
Well, FWIW... the NCAA says that only 60% (IIRC, it may be 70 but I doubt that) of games must be against FBS opponents, that leaves a lot of open games. And considering there are 125 programs in FBS, there's going to be a lot of bad teams. I guess what I'm trying to say is that these games are, in many ways, sort of inevitable. And I can't really fault people for gaming the system of polling.
Also, as an alum of one of the gutless pillows, these games allows us to afford our football program. So there's that.
I don't know which rule you're referencing, but I do know that only one win over a AA school can be counted toward bowl eligibility.
That said, if we define "afford" as "not operate in the red," most schools can't really afford their athletics programs. Still, it's even worse when "afford" includes letting your football team march to slaughter in an attempt to balance the books.