Barry Alvarez is the man. First, the former Wisconsin head football coach and current athletic director stepped in to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl after then-head coach Bret Bielema left for the Arkansas Razorbacks‘ coaching vacancy. Now Alvarez has taken a stand in a heavily debated topic that has plagued college football for decades. He announced this week that Big Ten officials have agreed to stop scheduling non-conference games against FCS teams. Somewhere, Woody Hayes is smiling.
For years, high-profile college football teams have scheduled “tuneup” games against smaller, weaker FCS teams, which have resulted in thrashings like the 73-7 one that Nebraska put on Idaho State last year. Nobody wants to watch that and it shouldn’t happen.
The argument is the little schools get a big pay day (usually close to $1 million) for taking the beating, but it’s waste of everyone’s time and it reduces the value of the regular season games, which the NCAA has long claims are so vital to the sports’ success. That’s funny considering that FBS teams will have a playoff for the first time beginning next year. Morons…
Either way, big kudos to Alvarez for finally doing what should have been done a long time ago. Now we don’t have to suffer through games that are literally 60-point blowouts, at least in the Big Ten. Hopefully the other FBS conferences will get a clue and follow suit soon.