Remember the good old days when the elite of college football used to ease into the season with opening games against Cupcake U and Homecoming Tech?

Of course, that was before television opened its bank vaults and handed out checks  that soon will exceed $40 million a YEAR per SCHOOL.

TV wants ratings, which are best generated by prime time match ups between Top 25 schools.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.