PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Supports Football Teams Playing 10 Power 5 Games

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PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott wants to see Power Five teams playing 10 games a year against other major programs.

Brett McMurphy tweeted Wednesday night that Scott came out in favor of 10 of the 12 regular season games being against Power Five opponents.

While I love the fact we’re moving towards more Power Five games between teams in those conferences, I’m really not sure the ACC actually wants this to become a reality. Right now, the PAC-12 has a nine conference game slate, which allows them three non-conference games yearly. (RELATED: The Pac12 Network Is Paying Out Less Than $3 Million Annually To Schools In The Conference)

That’s not bad, but mandating the PAC-12 and other Power Five teams all play 10 major games could backfire big time for the conference.


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It’s one thing for the Big 10 to do that, but the PAC-12 isn’t exactly loaded with great teams. The conference has fallen off hard and fast. How many of those non-conference games against Power Five programs is Scott confident the conference could win?

I wouldn’t bet on many at all. For example, UCLA has to play Oklahoma this year and will play 10 total games against major conference teams.


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Oklahoma is going to slaughter them. Why would they want to make that a yearly tradition?

Look, I’m in total agreement with everybody who thinks the SEC’s eight-game conference schedule is soft. It is a joke, but mandating 10 Power Five games could turn out to hurt the PAC-12 more than help it.

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Let teams schedule who they want in the non-conference part of the schedule and then just punish them later in the bowl season for teams that played weak teams. It’s not hard.

Mandatingdouble-digitt Power 5 games sounds fun in theory, but it would only harm a weak conference like the PAC-12.