Originally Posted by Boston Red
No, the problem for them was that their schedule was filled with a bunch of "little guys". Same with Boise (had they taken care of business in Reno).
We go through this every year -- unless the "power" conferences want to offer open-enrollment and allow everyone into their elite little clubs, claiming that "they don't play anyone" really rings hollow.
They play the guys on their schedule. They'd probably play better teams if the opportunity was there, but they (quite literally) have no control over who they play.
It's a crap industry that continues to punish teams for not being "forward thinking" 50-60 years ago in their conference alignments.