College football scheduling is awful

A little off topic today, but this is something that has been bothering me all season on Saturdays.  Why does college football (or the networks for that matter) insist on airing their best games all at the same time… at night?  Don’t people like to watch good college football games during the afternoon anymore?

Anyway, on today’s slate of college football, four of the Top 5 teams in the country are playing (all against ranked opponents), and they’ll all be playing at the same time.  That’s insanely stupid. I went back and took a look at what times ranked teams played other ranked teams this year, and have come to the conclusion that the networks, college football in general, or a combination of the two have their heads up their asses.

Week 1 – There was only one Saturday game in which a ranked team played another ranked team. Naturally, it was at night.

  • #8 Michigan at #2 Alabama – 8pm

Week 2 – No ranked teams played another ranked team. How does that happen?

Week 3 – Three games in which a ranked team played another ranked team.  When Notre Dame – MSU began at 8pm, all three of these games were live at the same time.  Might have been nice to be able to see all three, right?  Nope.  That would have made too much sense.

  • #18 Florida at #23 Tennessee, 6pm
  • #2 USC at #21 Stanford, 7:30pm
  • #20 Notre Dame at #10 Michigan St., 8pm

Week 4 – Four ranked teams played other ranked teams.  None of them before 7:30.  Dumb.

  • #18 Michigan at #11 Notre Dame, 7:30pm
  • #15 Kansas St. at #6 Oklahoma, 7:50pm
  • #10 Clemson at #4 Florida St., 8pm
  • #22 Arizona at #3 Oregon, 10:30pm

Week 5 – Two ranked teams played another ranked team… And what’s this?  Hallelujah!!! A ranked team finally plays another ranked team during the afternoon!!!  Still, kind of a crappy afternoon of football when the best game is 14 playing 20.

  • #25 Baylor at #9 West Virginia, 12pm
  • #14 Ohio St. at #20 Michigan St., 3:30pm

Week 6 – Three great games all on at the same time.  Why?

  • #5 LSU at #10 Florida, 3:30pm
  • #8 West Virginia at #11 Texas, 7pm
  • #5 Georgia at #6 South Carolina, 7pm
  • #21 Nebraska at #12 Ohio St., 8pm
Continued…

And then… For two weeks, it was awesome.

Week 7 – College football, hey… Yeah, see this below? this is what Saturday should be, as much as possible.  Thanks.

  • #15 Texas at #13 Oklahoma, 12pm
  • #17 Stanford at #7 Notre Dame, 3:30pm
  • #3 South Carolina at #9 LSU, 8pm
  • #22 Texas A&M at #23 Louisiana Tech, 9pm

Week 8 – Again… This is what Saturday should be.

  • #6 LSU at #18 Texas A&M, 12pm
  • #7 South Carolina at #2 Florida, 3:30pm
  • #17 Texas Tech at #23 TCU, 3:30pm
  • #4 Kansas St. at #13 West Virginia, 7pm

Week 9 – Four great games, but you’re going to miss two of them.

  • #2 Georgia at #10 Florida, 3:30pm
  • #14 Texas Tech at #3 Kansas St., 3:30pm
  • #5 Notre Dame at #8 Oklahoma, 8pm
  • #11 Mississippi St. at #1 Alabama, 8:30 pm

Week 10 – Four of the Top 5 teams in the country are playing, and they’ll all be playing at the same time.  Awful.

  • #16 Texas A&M at #16 Mississippi St., 12pm
  • #23 Texas at #18 Texas Tech, 3:30pm
  • #4 Oregon at #17 USC, 7pm
  • #1 Alabama at #5 LSU, 8pm
  • #24 Oklahoma St. at #2 Kansas St., 8pm

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    College football is more politics than any other sport.

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      So true. So much money corrupting everything.

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