THE ADVANTAGES OF A TOUGH SCHEDULE
With Florida all but out of the NC picture barring USC-West folding like a cheap deck chair against UCLA and the Gators commencing an unholy thrashing of the Hogs, some are beginning to question the wisdom of what was thought to be one of the HARDEST SCHEDULES IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. And then wasn't.
I've been thinking about this for some time, and I can't believe that other BCS teams haven't caught on to what the two Ohio State-Texas clashes have proven: If you play a tough game against a high-quality non-conference opponent and win, you will become a critical part of the NC discussion. If you lose, you still have an outside shot at getting in the NC discussion, and have a good chance at BCS bowl unless you go do something stupid like lose to Kansas State. And then lose to Texas A&M.
The dream killer. And at a school that knows weak schedule.
So schedule a tough game or two, would-be NC contenders. Yeah, it's 50-50 that you'll win. But the rewards are huge.