« on: November 09, 2016, 03:30:53 PM »
My .02 as an outside and 'disinterested' neutral observer:
1. 'Skegee already played - and defeated - Albany State, 28-18, on Sept. 10. What exactly does ASU gain from a rematch that is designed to make TU playoff eligible, especially when the two teams have already faced each other?
2. I'll grant that TU may have dropped the ball by not scheduling a replacement game after Stillman dropped football. At the same time, scheduling an out-of-conference game in the middle of October is a lot easier said than done, given the way other conferences in the region (SAC, GSC) have their schedules set up. Even in December, there aren't a lot of options at TU's disposal or, for that matter, the majority of teams in similar situations.
3. I can understand if non-conference obligations from other SIAC teams prevented this from happening this season, but the easiest way to prevent these scheduling issues in the future is (1) eliminate the conference championship game and (2) a round-robin schedule with the first two weeks for OOC games (either FCS 'money games' or in-region games against CIAA, GSC or SAC teams.
4. Even if the SIAC chooses to stage a championship game, the league has to reconsider using divisional games only instead of divisional and inter-divisional games when determining a division champion, similar to how the CIAA format.
5. This situation could've been handled differently, that's for sure. But, kudos for Virginia State for stepping up and agreeing to this game. The SOS boost from playing an 8-2 VSU team helps Tuskegee, who more likely than not, has a path to the NCAA playoffs regardless of the outcome of this game, especially with the SAC overall being, well, lousy.