Brown wants to see the best teams in college football make it to the end, and believes college football owes it to us. The University of Texas’ head coach is entering his 15th season with the Longhorns, and as a board member of the American Football Coaches Association, he understands the difficulty of BCS selection
“Biases are difficult to deal with while retaining integrity” – Mack Brown
Mack Brown stated in an ESPN video interview that he wants to move away from the current standards, where conference championships are the major deciding factor for the playoff selection process. Brown thinks strength of schedule should be a larger determining factor than conference championship games.
So, if the weight held by conference championships is reduced, who has the most to gain, and who has the most to lose?
Winners: The Fans
Fans benefit from an increased difficulty of schedule due to more top tier programs battling on the gridiron.
Emphasizing strength of schedule as opposed to conference champions’ will lead teams to book more difficult non-conference games. Each Saturday will showcase multiple games featuring college football heavyweights. Teams will be clawing to have the toughest schedules, and the networks will love every glorious second of it. Strength of schedule is the ultimate equalizer, and it always has been.
Losers: Smaller Programs
Smaller program will no longer be playing the more talented teams.
Smaller schools will be washed aside. No longer being able to depend on the first few weeks of non-conference play when smaller schools get network coverage. Or is this an incentive for smaller schools to step up? Adapt or die, smaller schools may now have the opportunity to join the more talented conferences, creating super-conferences throughout the nation. Or could it lead to more independent schools like Notre Dame?
So ask yourself where does your team stand on strength of schedule? Would it make the cut? Would you give conference champions more weight?