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Majority of Power Five coaches favor only playing Power Five teams

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This is great stuff from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who polled all 65 Power Five coaches (ACC/Notre Dame, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) on whether they’d favor playing a schedule exclusively comprised of Power Five opponents.

The results: 30 coaches in favor, 23 coaches opposed and 12 coaches undecided. A majority of coaches from the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC were in favor, while Big Ten coaches were split and ACC coaches voted against it (with four ACC coaches undecided).

The back-and-forth support/dissent for the concept is intriguing in McMurphy’s story — for example, Nick Saban is in favor of it given the fan support it would generate, while Bill Snyder is against it given the impact seven home games has on the town of Manhattan, Kan.

There’s a full breakdown of how each coach voted as well as comments from a number of coaches, so check out your coach’s thoughts on the matter here.

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13 Responses to “Majority of Power Five coaches favor only playing Power Five teams”
  1. tigersfandan says: Aug 7, 2014 11:50 AM

    It won’t be long before the Division I format has disintegrated. Really, it’s kinda sad.

  2. klownboy says: Aug 7, 2014 11:58 AM

    The rich are about to get only richer in college football. I feel bad for the “have nots”…

  3. wallio says: Aug 7, 2014 12:00 PM

    Interesting to note that with a few exceptions (Spurrier, Kelly) nearly all of the coaches “against” are from weaker schools. I honestly don’t know what to make of that.

    On one hand, it makes sense for them to want to pad their records. On the other it does kind of destroy the theory that the monster schools all want to schedule cupcakes.

  4. silverdeer says: Aug 7, 2014 12:01 PM

    Cannot believe that the SEC coaches were in majority of being in favor of this. I just don’t see them playing in a B1G stadium after Sept 1st. Might rain or snow.

  5. insurancetallahassee says: Aug 7, 2014 12:02 PM

    Look…It doesn’t make any logical sense for a team like Chattanooga to play a team like Alabama. Chattanooga has lost its last two games with Alabama by a combined score of 94-0…This is a tradition that people want to keep?

    It’s like matching up a heavy weight boxer with a welterweight boxer. We already know who will win 99% of the time. There is no sport or competition in it.

    I understand that teams like Chattanooga need the financial support but maybe there is another way to provide that.

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 7, 2014 12:25 PM

    I guess that means some of these SEC teams will have to actually play schools that have a pulse.

    This will definitely hurt those smaller schools. Some of those schools make most of their revenue by getting their brains beat in. Another thing is those Power Five schools aren’t going to be able to schedule eight home games anymore. They’ll have to schedule home-and-home series because none of those Power Five schools is going to be content with just playing on the road. I wonder if they thought about that.

    I think this Power Five idea is going to hurt college football but like Snyder said, it’s all about money now.

  7. fatcamper says: Aug 7, 2014 12:57 PM

    Excluding state schools and service academies access to money would likely be a mistake for the P5.

  8. pawloosa says: Aug 7, 2014 1:40 PM

    @ CFT…congratulations…another Stupid useless article!!!

    Chattanooga is FCS….there are 65 other FBS teams (most of which are competitive) that the Alabamas of the world can play…This power 5 crap is waaaaay out of hand when articles like this make it look like a school is “too good” or would be dumpster diving to play other FBS schools…

  9. dcroz says: Aug 7, 2014 8:10 PM

    Wow at all the unbridled hypocrisy. I don’t mean the P5, I mean the commentators on this thread. You cry a damn river for the “have-nots” and how autonomy and a P5-versus-P5-only schedule is going to keep them down, but when a P5 school schedules any of them (which is how the little guys get their money) you slam the big schools for playing them. You all sound like a bunch of knee-jerk Democrats, taking whichever side of the argument works for you at the moment to whine about the wealthy and powerful even if it contradicts something you said five seconds ago or–even better–involves you cutting off your nose to spite your face. I don’t know how this autonomy business is going to work out, but to act as if someone the current system that everyone says is broken and corrupt is disingenuous at best, and dishonest at worst.

  10. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 8, 2014 6:31 AM

    No surprise the Little 14 isn’t in favor of it. They would actually have to play someone other than MAC schools, James Madison, Appalachian State, Youngstown State, the Little Sisters of the Poor.

    That’s the only way to get their crappy teams into the bowls by getting their 6 wins.

    I want to see the best teams playing the nest teams. There is no value in playing teams that you can dominate.

    Loved when Pete Carroll played anyone anywhere and won.

  11. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 8, 2014 6:40 AM

    Gee what a surprise Urb wasn’t in favor of it. That means he can no longer schedule Navy, Florida A&M, MAC schools.

    The dumbest comment had to be from Indian’s coach. Lol I mean how in the heck did this clown get a job being so dumb. “I don’t think fans can adjust to teams playing .500 football” really? Since when have you scrubs been close to playing .500 football?

    I’d rather see a team that plays good teams go 8-4 the Suckeye State going 13-0 playing scrubs.

  12. florida727 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:30 AM

    I think the Power 5 conferences, if they do ultimately only schedule games against each other, should subsidize the smaller schools. They essentially do it now by playing them. If their new schedules come with even more revenue due to TV contracts, etc., they should continue to financially support the lower-level competition… you know, for the “good of the game”.

    Never mind, I just read my own post. It’ll never happen.

  13. hahapapa says: Aug 8, 2014 8:35 AM

    Coach Pete, really ? How did you get where you are ?

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