The Washington Generals are employed by the Harlem Globetrotters to play against them — and lose.
Big time college football programs sort of do the same thing when they invite a team from the football championship series division (formerly I-AA) to play them at home.
The problem is, the football powerhouse is cutting those checks, but seems to be having a harder time winning those games.
Last week, Virginia Tech paid James Madison $450,000 to beat them. The week before Jacksonville State picked up a $300,000 check and beat Ole Miss. Kansas paid North Dakota State and lost and Minnesota, who lost to North Dakota State in 2007, paid for South Dakota to beat them.
It’s hard to admit this — and I’m all for the integrity of the game — but this is an inefficient marketplace. The fact that FCS teams are getting paid and then ruining the seasons of FBS teams by beating them shouldn’t be happening. The paycheck should include a guaranteed win for the FBS team.
There is a solution to all of this. Picking worse teams to play.
Athletic directors will tell me that they have to schedule some of these teams years in advance, but I don’t think they are doing a good enough job at finding the worst teams their schedule has to offer.
No one should be scheduling Jacksonville State, who averaged almost 7 wins over the past five seasons. To help every school out, I went on a search for the worst team I could find.
Norfolk State is a good candidate having played 128-3 by Rutgers (twice) and Kansas in its last three match-ups against the big boys. Unfortunately, the school doesn’t have enough history.