Nick Saban’s suggestion at last week’s SEC meetings that Power 5 conferences only play each other has merit on its face. However, the broad brushstrokes that mandate some leagues as worthy of nonconference dates fail to take into account teams’ strength on individual basis.
The conferences without preferred access into the College Football Playoff must capitalize on their opportunities. Some wins over the power brokers might not force everyone to recognize the value of scheduling top-level non-AQ opponents. But at the very least, a strong 2014 for those teams from the American Athletic, Conference-USA, independents, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt might give enough of the Power 5 pause while shaping college football’s future landscape.