New Rule Will Force Big 12 Schools To Eliminate Cupcakes From Their Schedules

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A new rule for football programs in the Big 12 will help eliminate the crappy games fans and students don’t want to see.

The Big 12 announced on Tuesday that all its participating football programs will be required to schedule at least one other Power Five conference school and will be limited to scheduling only one FCS program. Bad news for the Baylor Bears, who routinely avoid tough match-ups by scheduling shitty schools like “Lamar” and “Buffalo” and “Texas.”

From ESPN:

The Big 12 announced Tuesday that it will require its members to schedule at least one game from another Power 5 conference or Notre Dame every year.

“Schedule strength is a key component in [College Football Playoff] selection committee deliberations,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “This move will strengthen the résumés for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round-robin conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the conference.”

The Big 12 also mandated that its members play no more than one game annually against an FCS opponent going forward.

The new rule won’t affect games already scheduled.

This is what the fans want to see. Saturdays in the fall are precious, and if you waste one of them playing some shitty school that has no business being on the field, you are essentially ripping off your entire fanbase. Not to mention, one of the reasons the College Football Playoff has been so hard on top teams in the Big 12 is because of their horrendous strength-of-schedule rankings. Well that, and the league doesn’t have a championship game.

Even if you aren’t a fan of a Big 12 school, this news is important because it is likely the first domino of many to fall. Your conference, assuming it is a Power Five member, will likely follow suit. The result? More enticing football games all year round. No more exhibition games and meaningless weekends in September.

If you are a college football fan, this is a major victory.

[via ESPN]

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