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Let's Up the Schedule Strength!

  • I know that our football schedule is set in stone for the next few years. However, I'd like to see us ramp up the strength of schedule substantially when we look at future scheduling.

    During the Holtz era, I remember that virtually every game was a toss-up. It was like running a gauntlet through a murderers row of opponents like Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Miami, USC, Michigan, Michigan State. We even played the occasional strong Pitt and Stanford teams. I would love to see us facing a Top 25 team virtually every Saturday where no opponent can be underestimated and also where a loss doesn't toss you from the rankings for weeks on end.

    Frankly, I would prefer to lose a close one to a top rated team than to suffer the kind of embarrassing losses we have suffered the last few years to opponents we should have crushed with a talented and well coached Irish team. As our football team continues to get better, I believe that we are ready for a weekly battle of titans!

    What say you, fellow posters?

  • There are two reasons why the schedule is not as strong as in the past.
    1. Some of the easier games this year weren't as easy at the time the schedule was made. Maryland won 10 games regularly under Ralph Friedgen. Purdue went to 15 straight bowl games under Tiller. Boston College was very good under their previous two coaches. Michigan was in the top 10 regularly under Bo, Moeller and the guy before Rodriguez.
    2. It is more difficult to get good teams to do a home and home contract because good teams are only scheduling 3 to 4 away games a year, and virtually all of those are conference games.

  • Our strength of schedule is right where it needs to be, we have no cake walk games.
    For example: people were whining about Wake forest and we only won 24-17 you should see what there doing to Clemson right now.

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  • has the OP not looked at our schedule for next year? My guess is it will be top 5 SOS

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  • Well, our SOS is about right, but we have several cake walk games this year.

    --- the recent stretch with Navy, Wake, Maryland, and BC is below average at best.

    Objectively, this year's schedule was tailored for a BCS bowl game....

    --- not so in subsequent years where we add Oklahoma and then Texas (to the regulars USC, Stanford, Michigan)

    Specifically, 2016 looks the most difficult to me at this point...where we could easily go 0-4 to start.

  • You have to play some cakewalks....every team does it. I think the schedule will be tough enough the next few years.....maybe too tough. See above post with Oklahoma/Texas. Michigan is getting even better. They play all teams that could go to a BCS (unlike most other teams). Make the schedule too tough and you will never go undefeated. Just too hard to play your best week in and week out.

  • This is stupid.....Maryland won 9 games last year, BC has been traditionally a good team, Navy is having a down year. Everyone thought Pitt was a Top 25 program. And that Purdue team we spanked beat Ohio State.

    You want a stronger schedule....take a look at 2012....at Oklahoma, at MSU, at USC, Miami neutral site, BYU, Stanford and Michigan.

    Tough enough for you without Floyd, Teo, Blanton, Harrison Smith.....shutter to think of our "new D" against this slate.

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  • The assumption about Teo is a bit premature....

    --- beyond that, you are completely missing a huge point about our defense...

    We will generate the best front 4 we have had since Holtz culminating when Lynch, Tuitt, and Nix are Juniors.

    This front, plus our corners (if they come in) will elevate our defense beyond anything we have seen in decades.

    We probably won't get an elite WR and RB any time soon, but the defense always carries the day.

  • If our RB's keep putting up 100 yard games we won't have problems getting backs

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  • Who did LSU play yesterday? Jim is right, our SoS is right where it should be.

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  • If what we want is a schedule that is tailor-made for a BCS berth every year, sure let's take the easiest way we can find--a few tough games thrown in with a raft of winnable ones. Let's be just like all the rest. And with due respect to those seeking to glorify the prowess of Wake Forest, Tulsa, UConn, and Maryland, I don't believe that they are in the same category as the major football powers.

    My point was that, win or lose, I would love to go back to the days where we played the hardest schedule in the land. For multiple years during the Holtz era, we had the # 1 hardest schedule in the country. But we also had a string of # 1 rated recruiting classes and outstanding coaches. So, if we continue to recruit the talent we're getting, develop that talent into world-beaters, and play to our potential every week, we'll get to a BCS even with a couple of losses (and maybe even three). And if we're really, really good--we'll go one loss or undefeated every few years. And even win a national championship with one loss as has happened more than once--although I'd prefer to win it having gone undefeated against the toughest schedule by a country mile compared to anyone else.

    We would also be ranked pretty high if we had our fair share of wins. Because each of those wins would count for one heck of a lot and the losses would be understandable. Like no shame in losing to Alabama, LSU, USC, and others during the years they're ranked in the Top Five.

    I liken it to taking the hardest courses with the toughest professors in college vs. loading up on those 'Pop Music Appreciation' and 'Impact of Reality TV' courses.

    Appreciate all the responses. Wanted to see what you folks thought...

  • joethoma said... (original post)

    If what we want is a schedule that is tailor-made for a BCS berth every year, sure let's take the easiest way we can find--a few tough games thrown in with a raft of winnable ones. Let's be just like all the rest. And with due respect to those seeking to glorify the prowess of Wake Forest, Tulsa, UConn, and Maryland, I don't believe that they are in the same category as the major football powers.

    My point was that, win or lose, I would love to go back to the days where we played the hardest schedule in the land. For multiple years during the Holtz era, we had the # 1 hardest schedule in the country. But we also had a string of # 1 rated recruiting classes and outstanding coaches. So, if we continue to recruit the talent we're getting, develop that talent into world-beaters, and play to our potential every week, we'll get to a BCS even with a couple of losses (and maybe even three). And if we're really, really good--we'll go one loss or undefeated every few years. And even win a national championship with one loss as has happened more than once--although I'd prefer to win it having gone undefeated against the toughest schedule by a country mile compared to anyone else.

    We would also be ranked pretty high if we had our fair share of wins. Because each of those wins would count for one heck of a lot and the losses would be understandable. Like no shame in losing to Alabama, LSU, USC, and others during the years they're ranked in the Top Five.

    I liken it to taking the hardest courses with the toughest professors in college vs. loading up on those 'Pop Music Appreciation' and 'Impact of Reality TV' courses.

    Appreciate all the responses. Wanted to see what you folks thought...

    problem with this idea is that football isn't the same as it was back then ... it is hard to schedule teams willing to play us ... the last thing most BCS teams want to do is schedule a difficult game during the middle of their conference schedule

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