|I've had it up to HERE with light mayonnaise!|
Why do FCS and MAC and Sun Belt schools agree to play against the powerhouse programs in September? Money. They don't generate much themselves so the little guys give away their dignity for one day in return for a sizable paycheck that helps support numerous programs in their tiny athletic departments. It's been going on like this for years and probably will forever. Even though the scoreboard may say differently, it is a win-win for everybody (except for the people that go to the game and waste their fucking time).
Do you know how much Akron made last week to get dilly-whopped by Ohio State? 990K...give or take a few bucks. Do you know how much Toledo is making this weekend by making that exact same trip? Nothing. Because they already got paid.
I'm really not sure why or how the Rockets were able to pull this off, but when they "hosted" Ohio State at Cleveland Browns Stadium two years ago, Toledo kept all the money in exchange for playing a freebie in Columbus in 2011. Toledo made 4.5 million dollars from that beatdown. That helped them build an indoor practice facility. That is 100% fucking awesome of Ohio State to do that. They didn't have to do that either. But Tressel and Company decided awhile back to do the right thing and help out the little guys in the state (at least I hope that is why they did it). And I hope that it continues.
Think about it. OSU gets 7-8 home games a year. Why not give one of those away, play "road" games in Cincy and Cleveland in alternating years (and the local economies would enjoy have a weekend of Buckeye fans in town), give fans in those areas the chance to see their team in person, and work the same deal with the other state schools that you did with Toledo? So in 2012, you would open at home still with the RedHawks and a few weeks later go up to Believeland and destroy the Zips again. In 2013, you play Miami at Paul Brown (both of those teams could beat the Bengals) and play BG at home. And so on and so forth. Now, obviously, they don't HAVE to keep giving MAC schools 4.5 million dollars or whatever the gate would be, but I think that it would be pretty cool of them to do. It's not like they are ever going to lose any of these "road" games anyway. And they sure as shit don't NEED that money. Hell, I'm pretty damn sure that it would lessen my hate for the school if they helped the Hawks out financially.
After all, in a few years, the MAC might not even be an FBS conference anymore after all of these asshole super-conferences take shape. We could use all the help that we can get. So again, and like I said, many of you probably already knew about the UT/OSU deal, good job, Buckeyes.
A few predictions for the three big area games this weekend:
Ohio State 38, Toledo 28. No cover but the Rockets give them a nice test.
Alabama 34, Penn State 10. I have no idea why this is only a ten point line.
Michigan 31, Notre Dame 27. Who benches their starting QB after one game? I guess Iverson was right about practice being worthless. I hope that Brian Kelly dies of ass-lupus.
There you go, boys. I'll be back on Monday with the rundown of the NFL's opening weekend.