College football's great scheduling debate is all about incentive

Tuesday May 13th, 2014
ACC athletic directors voted to stay with an eight-game league schedule at this week's spring meetings.
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That's why Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has no problem sticking with eight conference games. After glancing over his schedule -- which includes an opening-night matchup against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas, and a visit from the ACC's newest quasi-football member -- he is comfortable that it stacks up favorably against any other slate. "It depends on who you schedule nonconference," Fisher told reporters. "You're telling me [that] us playing eight conference games and playing Florida, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame isn't tougher than them playing nine?"

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