Does the season opener draw attention to your program or simply get you one game closer to a bowl?
North Carolina State and South Carolina.
Two teams from their respective state capitals. One SEC, one ACC. Both BCS schools. National television audience.
Whether you liked the out come or not, millions watched and will watch what the two teams do in their next game.
Alabama and Virginia Tech, in Atlanta, Georgia at Oklahoma State both at prime time. Four football schools who are risking a loss, but games that others than their own fans will watch. Programs secure enough to risk a loss to show the nation they can compete with anyone.
Indiana and Eastern. A win for a Big Ten school. One game closer to bowl eligibility. Other than an interest in the Men from Richmond, how much do we care? Or the rest of the country?
Getting to a bowl game seeks to be the measuring stick, especially around Wildcat Country. How we get there and the over all respect of program is a lesser concern. Last year we didn't beat a team in the regular season with a winning record. But we still got to a bowl. But isn't that what it's all about?
Of course the big schools will bring their circus wagons and their followers to Lexington this year. We'll get the chance to be on national networks for those games. Because its Kentucky playing or the other guys? Before the Florida game will anyone know about the kentucky program and its quality? Probably 2-0 but against who?
Wouldn't it be nice to see the Cats open with a team of the BCS? It doesn't have to be Ohio State. But what about a Northwestern? Not North Carolina but how about Wake Forest? A game were the win is more than a stepping stone to get to the Sacred Six for bowl eligibility. Even a loss will show you are playing someone of caliber.
North Carolina State loss. is their season over? Won't others watch if nothing more to see the quality of their program? To see if the Gamecocks beat a quality team?
We're are talking about 7-5 or 8-4, even higher. Why not give the fan across the country, and the recruits something to see?