bcs_logofox.jpgOne of the things that bothers me the most about the college football schools in the NCAA is that they always use the student-athletes education as an excuse not to have a playoff system, but at the same time, don’t seem to have a problem with playing more regular season games that go into December. Finals at most schools are in December, at the same time a lot of teams are playing their last game of the season.

So to at least compromise more games (and more money) with their student-athletes’ education, why not start the season a week or two earlier?

Think about it. You can still play 12, 13 or 14-game seasons if you want more money. But starting the season today would mean the college football season would end when it used to — in mid-November.

And if anything, moving the season two weeks earlier can mean more money for college football schools. They have less competition going on right now, with only baseball in season. That’s two fewer weeks where they don’t have to go up against the NFL.

Of course, this would require foresight by the BCS schools. That doesn’t usually happen.

dodgeballpuba.jpgI’m not going to do a full weekend sports preview until football starts, since all of the baseball games are the same match-ups as Friday’s games, and I’m lazy. Hey, it’s the weekend, give me a break.

So here’s just a quick rundown of the games on national TV this weekend:

SATURDAY:

12:30 p.m., MLB on Fox, either Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees or St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs. 73% of us get Tigers/Yankees, 26% Cardinals/Cubs. Click on that link to see which game you get in your area. I’m surprised FOX didn’t pick up Angels/Red Sox too, since that’s a game with the best two teams in baseball.

7 p.m., WGN: Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners. The Mariners still have a 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card and a 3-game deficit in the AL West.

All day on ESPN/ESPN2: Little League World Series or Tennis.

SUNDAY:

10 a.m., TBS: Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves. I still can’t get that Mark Teixiera song out of my head.

5 p.m., ESPN St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs. Another game where Joe Morgan won’t know what he’s talking about.

And Little League World Series, Tennis and NASCAR all day on the ESPN Networks.

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