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After researching the 2009 out of conference schedules of several of the top teams in college football, I have compiled a list of what I believe to be the top five weakest, most pathetic OOC schedules for 2009.
The teams I have selected are all teams that will be in, or very near the top ten of the AP poll to open the 2009 season.
I think I speak for many, if not most, college football fans when I say teams need to start "manning up" and stop playing I-AA or DII teams and start playing other top teams on the road, during the season!
Follow the example set by Ohio State and USC last year and this year. Hopefully, they do it again soon because the big time games during the season are amazing!
They can be high-risk in terms of a BCS title run, but with high risk comes high reward for the team that wins!
Now, on with the show!
No. 5: Texas Longhorns
Texas has a great coach in Mack Brown and a Heisman contender at QB in Colt McCoy. They also have loads of talent on defense so they could probably beat just about any team in the top 25, but scheduled these OOC games instead:
9/5/09—vs. University of Louisiana Monroe
11/7/09—vs. Central Florida
No. 4: Penn State Nittany Lions
It's not Lewis & Clark, it's Royster and Clark! JoePa has another talented squad one year removed from a Big Ten title and a near miss at a trip to the BCS title game.
Penn State's schedule got even weaker in 2009 so will we really know how good they are before the bowl season? Not against these OOC opponents we won't, and they're even all home games of course.
9/5/09—vs. University of Akron
10/10/09—vs. Eastern Illinois
No. 3: LSU Tigers
Charles Scott should be the best back in the SEC and the Tigers should be improved over last years team.
They don't dodge the bullets in the SEC, but they play these teams out of conference, so they're another team we may not know much about outside of the SEC until their bowl game.
11/14/09—vs. Louisiana Tech
No. 2: Ole Miss Rebels
In their defense, Ole Miss hasn't been a top team since Eli Manning left in 2004 so the reason they have a weak OOC schedule is acceptable.
But, it still ranks at No. 2 on my list because they are very good now even if they, or nobody else saw it coming!
The OOC opponents they will be facing however; not so much!
9/19/09—vs. Southeastern Louisiana
10/17/09—vs. University of Alabama Birmingham
11/7/09—vs. Northern Arizona
No. 1: Florida Gators
It was tough narrowing this list down to the top five.
It was not tough putting Florida at No. 1.
They have arguably one of the best coaches in the game in Urban Meyer, a two-time BCS Championship and Heisman winning quarterback in Tim Tebow, and they have all eleven defensive starters and all eleven back-ups to those starters back from last years SEC and BCS championship team.
I didn't think it was possible for their OOC games in 2009 to be even more pathetic than 2008, when they played a down and rebuilding Miami Hurricanes team along with home games vs. Hawaii and The Citadel.
Then, I looked at 2009 and realized I may have thought too soon:
9/5/09—vs. Charleston Southern
11/21/09—vs. Florida International
11/28/09—vs. Florida State
All four of these games are home games and even though it's a traditional rivalry game, Florida State is not what they once were.
I wanted to address that in case anyone tried to defend UF's OOC games by saying FSU is a good team.
No, they are not!
Thanks for reading and as always, feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section!
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