People are more than willing to ignore the fact that EVERY school schedules cream puffs, if it gives them the opportunity to bash Penn State.
100% correct....with the way the BCS is set up, you simply can not afford to lose one of the non-conference games because you have to figure on losing at least one conference game. Anything more than 1 loss on the season won't give you at a shot at the big game so all the major schools are scheduling cupcakes.
I'm okay with Akron, Syracuse, Temple as every major program in the nation is scheduling these caliber teams....but my problem comes along with Coastal Carolina and Eastern Illinois. The Florida's and the Miami's started this trend of playing D1-AA schools and then Ohio State got into doing it with Youngstown so you knew it would spread throughout the conference and it certainly has.
OSU still plays Youngstown each year, Michigan got into the mix with App. State, Wisconsin with Cal-Poly, PSU the last two years, and Indiana, Illinois, and Northwestern have played one of the directional Illinois teams for years now. You shouldn't even get credit for beating one of these teams.....
....Maybe that's what Michigan was thinking!