Four years ago, the NCAA opted to add a 12th game to the football schedule. That ensured more games but didn’t necessarily add more competition.
Often, that extra date has been filled by an overmatched Football Championship Subdivision team that was willing to take a beatdown to boost its budget.
Sure, there was the monumental Appalachian State upset of Michigan in the ’07 opener, but for the most part those games were like matching heavyweights against flyweights.
Seriously … Florida vs. The Citadel?
A handful of programs resisted the temptation to build up the win total by scheduling down.
Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame have not scheduled FCS teams, and Michigan State, Texas and Stanford have scheduled just one.