I'd like to see Cal play some higher caliber teams before we go conference, just to get used to competitive teams..IMHO. Playing cupcakes then going conference thinking we're better than we really are..not sure about that one. Either way, Dykes is the man....I'll trust him to do what it takes to make Cal a great program.
I'm in favor of the C + B + A model as long as the A team is not a lower half Power Conference team. C=FCS, B=Non-Power Conference team that is not Boise St/or Boise Statesque, A=Upper half Power Conference team.
I'd also be in favor of a C + A-minus + A-minus schedule which features one FCS team and two typical mid - lower half Power Conference teams (like playing Purdue/NC State/Georgia Tech/Texas Tech [y'know the also rans])
My only quibble would be to request having the C team as the first game of the year. I can get excited watching Cal trounce a bad team the first week. I get to see the young players, see what the offense is going to be like, gain basic familiarity. If the game is later in the year, this excitement dissipates.
I'd like to see conference play go down to 8 games like the other conferences. Then in an ideal world there would be an unwritten gentlemen's code that teams should schedule no more than two cupcakes. Some of the most exciting games we've played have been those against major OOC programs like Tennessee and tOSU. It's even fun to watch the other Pac schools against these programs, like the Stanford and SC vs. ND matchups.
What did you like more:
Tennessee, Michigan State, Maryland
UC Davis, Fresno State, Nevada?
I know whether we won that game or not matters, but I think nothing beats opening our season with a school that's more of a name. Facing B schools or worse where we get no credit if we win cause we were supposed to and get dinged if lose or don't win as much as we should.
A, B, C schedule is fine...anything less..and fans just won't show up till pac12 play. You can bitch about it..but its not gonna change. The west coast likes showtime games...let the SEC enjoy paying top dollar to watch Prairie View.
Reading way too much into a short response...it was about 'building momentum'...so it could mean only that he would prefer a "C-B-A" approach, with successively stronger opponents. What new coach, introducing a new system, wants a formidable foe in his first game? That's all that can fairly be read into this quote.
1st step in changing Cal fans outlook: its about Cal winning the conference games. The OOC games are all about doing whatever is necessary for the Bears to win in the Pac-12.
You hope that just being at the game is a great experience, being in Strawberry Canyon on a wonderful fall day. Great tailgating, exciting Cal football, and a great Blue and Gold time had by all.
This isn't a new thought. I experienced a season of LSU football the year they won the National Championship in '03. It was a packed house for no name opponents. It was a more intense crowd for end of the season Arkansas. Right, its not how ND does it, but it becomes about your team winning.
But, with the tv demands, yeah, A-B-C isn't going down the tubes completely. The reality for 2013: calling Northwestern the "B" game is a stretch; its two "A's".
Cal Poly, Davis and Sac State is what we need.
I'll have plenty of space to stretch out in the repossessed, newly renamed, Google Stadium.
This is why I hate any kind of playoff talk, and the direction of college football in general.
Hopefully dykes does not get his way.