Post by ghostofdylan on Jul 7, 2010 6:26:35 GMT -6
It's not sign of disrespect that BCS schools won't go on the road to play teams from leagues like the Horizon, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, Colonial and West Coast, BP. Rather it's a sign of respect. They can achieve the desired effect -- a guaranteed victory -- by scheduling the likes of Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky or Savannah State.
This is why it's so important that fans of all teams, starting at our level, begin fully embracing the term "low-major" to describe such teams. These would be schools that don't have the budgets of our schools, don't play in leagues as competitive as our leagues, don't schedule like our teams and most certainly don't win in the postseason like our teams.
It's a sign of respect that schools don't want to play at Detroit. That being said their home non-league slate doesn't look to good.
It's great to see that Milwaukee has Marquette, Northern Iowa coming in to the Cell.
It's really not. It's saying, "You're not worth the risk. If we beat you it does nothing for us because that's what was expected, but on the off chance that we lose, we're screwed."
Teams given respect are the ones who actually get to schedule big home/home series. Gonzaga getting home/home series with Memphis, Michigan State, etc., for example. Xavier's series with Florida and Georgia, Butler's with Louisville; all signs of respect for a program from a non-major conference. Visiting a mid-major is dangerous because it's always harder to win on the road, but losing to a team that's perceived by the media/selection committee to actually be bad is much, much worse.