Alabama’s scheduling practices under Nick Saban have been criticized for years, and recently, the school has finally started to schedule some big-time non-conference opponents. Friday, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked by Colin Cowherd about scheduling in college football.
Meyer told Cowherd that he, as both the head coach at Florida and Ohio State, signed off on non-conference matchups. He said that with the Gators, because they always played Florida State, they avoided traveling too far for another non-conference game. He said that with the Buckeyes, their philosophy was to schedule one major home-and-home opponent per year.
The most interesting part of the conversation came when Meyer commented on the SEC’s perceived weak non-conference schedules.
“I think Alabama’s changing but that’s way down the road when they’re going to Wisconsin. I think they’re going home-and-home with Wisconsin.
…but you have to figure too that the SEC is getting two teams a year into the playoff. And Ohio State’s not. So does schedule strength really matter? That’s the question – does it matter? Should it matter more? Those are all debates.
I remember Gene and I talking about it. You can say that schedule strength matters, but wait a minute, does it? If Ohio State doesn’t get in the playoff or another school doesn’t get in the playoff and they’re playing nine conference games and another big-time opponent and they don’t get in. And someone’s playing eight conference games and then maybe not the strongest non-conference but they do get two in – those are all conversations you have to have.”
Meyer stepped down as Ohio State’s head coach after the 2018 season. While he’s said he thinks he’s done coaching, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him return to the sport at some point.
Until then, you can catch him on FOX’s college football pregame show on Saturday mornings.