Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
Sure. Not all Ohio State. Check out the schedule for my alma-matter, Miami University, over the past three seasons:
Also, those schedules are made years in advance. A majority of the time, Wake and Northwestern are doormat programs. They're both academic bastions for their conferences that struggle to compete athletically. Whether or not they have one good year doesn't really influence my opinion of the schedule...
Miami, however, doesn't have to play an BCS conference schedule on top of their nonconference. Find me a program in a BCS conference who's playing 3 other schools from BCS conference in their nonleague schedule.
Also, Pat Fitzgerald's Big 10 record: 24-29. Struggle? Yes. Doormat? No. Wake has been to 4 bowl games in the last 6 years, including an Orange Bowl. Struggle? Yes. Doormat? No.
And you're right about the contracts, generally, being signed well in advance. Vanderbilt signed their contract with Wake in 2006, during Wake's Orange Bowl season.