Remember all the hoopla regarding the BIG TEN ending their football season too early? You hear it every year. Then end before Thanksgiving, so they will be away from playing in meaningful games for 6 weeks, thereby giving them a dis-advantage over schools who only have 5 weeks off.
Does that argument have merit?
If so, are the small schools sooting themselves in the foot? The BCS conferences end their tournaments on the weekend of selection Sunday. They will have about 6 days off until the NCAA tournament. It’s not unusual for a team to have an open date in their schedule and have that much time off during the season.
On the other hand, some small conferences have their conference championship games as early as the Sunday BEFORE selection Sunday, causing them to have up to 12 days off for the conference tourny champ, and even more for an at-large bid.
Northern Iowa plays UNLV on Thursday the 18th.
- Northern Iowa won it’s conference tourny on March 7th (11 days)
- UNLV won it’s conference tourny on March 13th (5 days)
Do you think it makes a difference?