Colorado coach Mel Tucker wants Pac-12 to adopt certain SEC scheduling practices
They may not be the most-exciting games for fans, but toward the end of the season, SEC teams often take on an FCS or lower-level FBS foe prior to their regular-season finales against big-time rivals.
For example, prior to this year’s Iron Bowl, Alabama will play Western Carolina and Auburn will host Samford, both of which should be easy wins.
Over in the Pac-12, with only a few exceptions (like Stanford and USC playing Notre Dame), the nonconference games generally take place in the first three weeks of the season. New Colorado coach (and former Georgia defensive coordinator) Mel Tucker would like to see that change.
In an interview this weekend, Tucker said he’d like to see Pac-12 teams be able to schedule weaker foes for the second-to-last week of the regular season (via the Denver Post):
“And the other thing we need to do — they changed the rule, and we’re allowed to do this, so I know, in a couple of years, we’ve got Northern Colorado (in 2021) and instead of it being Week 2, it can be Week 11.
“Before you play Auburn, at Alabama, you play Louisiana Monroe, right? Well before we play Utah in the last game of the year, you’re playing USC. So we can help ourselves in scheduling that way. But we’ve got to be aggressive in putting really good teams on our schedule.”
Tucker would also like to see the College Football Playoff expanded to eight teams so that the Pac-12 champion is guaranteed a spot.
Will these changes take place for the new Colorado coach? We should be finding out over the next few years.