I read this article and got to thinking that maybe college football would be better off eliminating the scheduling of non-conference football games. There are currently 12 games in this regular NCAA schedule. Most conferences have at least 12 teams these days. Why not have the conferences fill up their schedules with conference games first, and then if they need a 12th game, then go ahead and schedule one with another conference that also has 12 teams?
The upside is large. Interest among the fans is really conference based anyway. Who wouldn't prefer to see Michigan take on Minnesota than UMass? The non-conference side has been a bone of contention amongst the pollsters for years. Why not just eliminate in all together? Looks as if we are headed to a playoff any way. So we will get our marquis matchups at the end of the season rather than the beginning.