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Pac-10 coaches...get rid of the round-robin schedule

Just saw this on Ted Miller's Blog

In an informal poll conducted by the Pac-10 blog, conference coaches voted 6-4 in favor of ending round-robin conference scheduling and reverting back to an eight-game slate, which was how things were before a 12th game was added in 2006.

That's about how a straw poll went in May during the Pac-10 meetings in Phoenix, and feelings were strong enough against the nine-game conference schedule that the athletic directors will review the issue during their June meetings in San Francisco.

The vote mostly split like the current conference standings, with the top-half teams favoring nine games and the bottom half teams wanting to go back to eight.

There's a good reason for that. Nine conference games insures five conference teams will lose an extra game every season, which could be the difference between earning bowl eligibility or not.

That is a mistake and it is disappointing.

With a good portion of the conference struggling of late, adding a bunch of patsies to the schedule in the hope of easy wins really doesn't make us look any better than some of the other conferences.

You get better by competeing and testing your team against tougher competiton. As it stands now there is no hiding in the Pac-10 you have to face everyone.

I see this a step back...