Follow the $$$ for scheduling

Scheduling is not an art, and it certainly is not a science. It involves some skill, to be sure, but, c’mon, it’s not exactly writing the algorithm for Google. A school has to find 12 opponents and has 14 weeks in which to play them. Not only that, but only the three independents — Army, Navy and Notre Dame — have to find all 12 opponents themselves. The other 117 schools have, depending on the conference, seven to nine predetermined opponents.

So scheduling is like fitting a 12-letter answer into 14 squares on a crossword puzzle, with as many as nine of the letters supplied to you. How tough could it be?

Not exactly.