Patsy cake, patsy cakeMuch was made last week of the boring, lopsided scores that resulted from top-tier programs playing games against overmatched, weaker opponents. Those games – “body bag” contests, played more for financial reasons than for competitive ones – have become commonplace. But might there be fewer of them once the College Football Playoff takes hold and strength of schedule is more heavily considered? It’s a bit of a quandary for Pac-12 coaches, some of whom insist the league’s 9-game schedule – the SEC, for comparison, plays only eight conference games – makes a slate of nonconference cupcakes more justifiable. “I want to play good teams,” said UCLA coach Jim Mora. “I want to play the best teams in the country.” Stanford coach David Shaw said it’s not the Pac-12 that needs to change. “Speaking for Stanford in particular, we’re playing nine conference games and Notre Dame every year,” Shaw said. “That’s tough enough. I think other conferences need to address it as far as what they do out of conference.” California coach Sonny Dykes added that it’s frustrating knowing that, unlike SEC and Big 10 teams, “we’re playing nine conference games, so when all those schools are playing some directional school, half the teams in our league are going to lose games. “If we’re going to have a playoff, I think everybody needs to play under the same rules.”
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