By Juan Lozano | May 12, 2020
We anxiously await the 2020 college football season in whatever form it comes in. We don’t know what the season is going to look like.
Will there be a full college football season?
Will the season start on time?
Will the schedule change?
Right now, it’s all rumor and speculation in the college football world.
One rumor that we have heard and that seems realistic is that schools will play a shortened season. That shortened season means the elimination of non-conference games.
This sounds good to us.
While there are some intriguing non-conference matchups such as Ohio State v. Oregon in 2020, there are more games that are not only unappealing, but non-competitive to such a degree that it hurts the quality of the product. We don’t want to see those games.
Which games are we referring to?
They are those “money” games where stronger teams pay a large sum to a weaker opponent, in a smaller conference or even the FCS, in the hopes that it almost guarantees a win.
It’s 85 scholarships and training table versus 65 scholarships and peanut butter and jelly.
We get it. The smaller programs need these games as the revenue generated is necessary to pay athletic department bills.
We understand that no victory or defeat is certain. There’s definitely been upsets of these bigger programs and that’s a good story. But those are not common.
Rather, these “money games” oftentimes are detrimental to a team. It’s a lot of wasted focus and a waste of emotional energy, misplaced preparation, that results in demoralization. These games can take a toll on a team mentally and physically.
Some schools have to play multiple “money games”. For example, in 2019, Middle Tennessee State played three Power 5 conference schools (Michigan, Duke and Iowa) in three of their first four games. It’s no surprise that the Blue Raiders finished with a 4-8 overall record.
We were inspired by the list put together by the good folks at HERO Sports regarding payout amounts . (Please follow HERO Sports. They provide the best comprehensive coverage of FCS football.) We decided to list those games that should go away immediately if not sooner. These are in our estimation the most egregious violators of football competitiveness.
Please note the number below the school name is where the schools rank nationally in athletically generated revenues.
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