I think it doesn't make much sense for us to maintain the ABC OCC schedule if we continue to persist with the tradition that California schools play each other. With USC, UCLA, plus an A, B, and C team on our schedule, including the Pac12 North with Oregon, Stanfurd and Washington we will always have a top 10 hardest schedule nationally and likely a schedule that will keep us most years out of the national discussion.
Last edited by CALiforniALUM; 12-20-2012 at 08:30 AM.
Remember Dykes coahed at the school that is infamous for feasting on four cupcakes per season: Texas Tech. During Dyke's and (Leach's) tenure at Texas Tech, there were quite a few decieving records considering the Big12 as a whole was top heavy with Texas and OU. One season that comes to mind in particular was Crabtree's final year where Texas Tech beat Texas at the end, lost by 40 to Oklahoma, played no one else and finished as the worst 11-1 team of all time. (They lost their bowl game)
I'd rather have a deceiving 7-6 record than a real 3-9 record.
I have no idea what they have coming back, but you have to respect how good a team NU was this year:
OT loss at the Big House, one point loss to Nebraska, and the "worst" loss was 9 at Penn St. And first game with a new system, its certainly not an easy game. But, yes, Cal should be able to play with this kind of team...
Especially during the early years while Sonny builds the program. Just don't ever tout going 8-4/7-5 and going to a crappy nut bowl year after year as some sort of accomplishment. 3 easy OOC games coupled with 7/8 win totals means you are a .500 coach. I hated this about Tedford and Braun more than anything. You could tell that after awhile they lowered their goals from competing for Pac 12 championships to getting to crappy bowl games and getting to the NCAA tournament (ie. a top 60 team). If that is our goal we've overspent on everything.
With that mini-rant out of the way I'm ready to let Sonny build this program and its schedule anyway he sees fit. Go get'em Sonny.
tOSU 2012 schedule
1. Miami (OH) RedHawks (HOMEGAME)
2. UCF Knights (HOMEGAME)
3. California Golden Bears (HOMEGAME)
4. UAB Blazers (HOMEGAME)
They started with 3 cupcakes and 1 apple tart at home and ended 12-0. Do you think the fanbase would be happier with this outcome or if they had scheduled harder in the beginning--losing to an SEC team game 1 or 3 and derailing some confidence and ending up 10-2? or 9-3?
Unfortunately, these schedules are typically mid to long range... We can in fill some some seriously suspect teams, but some of the slate is set (Texas, OSU, NW, Nevada-lol, etc). I suppose that Cal can start looking for ways out, but I would be pretty pissed off about losing exciting games...
I want a coach who can play an A team and WIN, not a coach who wants 3 free wins.
Silver lining: We'll probably end up playing UC Davis and get to see Gould on the other side.
right, like there is some badge of honor in being in the top 10 for hardest schedules? What did it prove-that Ohio St. was an A+, and Nevada was a B+, almost an A, in the A-B-C of scheduling?
I think the lobbying for a stronger OOC just shows a disrespect for the conference, how competitive the teams really are...