What’s wrong, Ohio State? Y’all skeered of a little MACtion?
The Buckeyes have played 20 MAC opponents since 1992. According to OSU athletic director Gene Smith, however, you can expect numbers like those to decrease over the foreseeable future. Smith told the Associated Press this week that with college football’s new playoff coming after the end of the 2014 season, Ohio State is looking to alter its scheduling philosophy to reflect a stronger non-conference slate.
More directly, it will mean fewer MAC opponents.
“We’re changing our philosophy because we’re obviously going to move into a playoff structure that I don’t think all of us really understand yet, how the committee’s going to work,” Smith said. “Many of us are assuming it’s going to work similar to the (NCAA tournament) basketball committee, so your non-conference schedule will come into consideration as they evaluate whether or not you’re going to be one of those final four teams.”
A selection committee will choose four teams to participate in the playoff and strength of schedule is expected to be one of the criteria taken into account.
“As we move to 2018 and out, because we’re all set for our games through 2017, we’re looking at a different scheduling format,” Smith said. “So we’ll still play a MAC school on occasion, but not nearly as much as we have in the past.”
The move toward strong out-of-conference match-ups was anticipated once the playoff blueprint was established. Smith didn’t mention any specific upcoming series, but here’s hoping we get more games like the ones Ohio State played against Texas and USC.