The conversation about the Pac-12 Scheduling on the main page has me noticing the two main types of Pac fans.
One type of fan is the fans that strive for the best football to be played on the Left Coast. I was strongly footed in this category. We play every team in the conference, that makes it harder. We don't play just pansy's in Non-Conference games. Yes we have some, but who doesn't? But we also have Boise St, Wisconsin, Nebraska, TCU, Notre Dame (cough), Nevada, Tennessee (cough, cough, cough). We pride ourselves on the challenges we present ourselves. Then playing the conference schedule is like an All-You-Ca-Eat Challenge being played by Cannibals, where each other is the food. Anybody can go down any week to anybody. It shows how damn good the USC teams of the past or Oregon and Stanford team this season were by going undefeated or with just one loss through the conference. The media may say it's USC and everyone else, they may say SEC is the best conference and Pac-10 3rd or 4th, they may say a 2 loss Big Ten team is better then a 2 loss Pac-10 team, but we say SCREW THE MEDIA and their biases and their lack of acknowledgment on what we do to ourselves every schedule. We know we have the toughest road to travel and we LOVE IT!
The second type are the fans who strive to be on a level playing field as the rest of the conferences. I am starting to shift to this side. We have seen our teams get shafted too many times over the years. We weren't surprised UCLA beat Tennessee or Texas (Ok maybe a little with Texas), but boy was the media! We have seen our schools being belittled and talked down to all over the TV and radio. We constantly prove them wrong, but this is still not enough. In the end this is all talk until bowl season, and that's where we have seen our teams get screwed time and time again. We see too many of our good teams end with 5 loss seasons and get crappy bowls. This season OSU, ASU and UCLA were good enough to be Bowl teams, but weren't bowl eligable and instead we only had 4 Bowl teams (5 with USC) instead of 8(7). It has hurt us most on the biggest stages. In 2000 Washington was probably the best team in the nation, They were the only team to beat Miami, the number two team in the nation, and Oregon State the number 5 team in the nation. But were passed up by the team they beat, Miami, for the NC. in 2001 the Oregon Ducks were looking like one of the top two teams in the Nation, but got jumped by a Nebraska team that didn't even make it to their conference Championship and instead crushed Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. 2004, The one loss Cal team's only regular season loss to the eventual National Champions USC but was completely shut out of the BCS bowls. In 2005 The Oregon Duck's only regular season loss was to undefeated and defending National Champs USC who made it to the NC again, but Oregon was shut out of the BCS bowls completely as well. We almost saw 1 loss Stanford fall into the same demise, but luckily they made it to #4 ranking and were given the chance to murder VT in the Orange Bowl. We have seen the national disrespect for the conference hurt and hinder us for too long! We need to do something to right it and if it is finding ways to pad wins on our team's schedules then so be it.
I am in the middle, I still love our passion and challenges we face but am tired of seeing us screwed over and over again. I think we should find compromises within our scheduling to boost our team's more in the eyes of the media and boost our computer rankings, but still never lose that strive for taking on challenges. The more teams we have playing and winning bowls, the more respect we will receive. Finding ways to raise the number of teams is one of the most important things our conference should do.
So what category do you Fall in?