I have never defended the schedule. I really don't know why anyone gets worked up over it. Cal was good when the games were scheduled, they have cycled down. In a world where teams are currently scheduling games in the middle part of the next decade, why get so uptight over it? Teams rise and fall constantly. Yes a few less directional schools would be nice, but it doesn't seem to be a problem exclusive to Ohio State, I see plenty of Citadels, Florida Atlantics, Florida A&M, Western Carolina, Louisiana Lafayette, Georgia States, and Middle Tennessees, on schedules down south, over the years.