fan responses on those boards have varied from "that is horrible, can't believe he said it" to "I agree, conference play is what matters" to "I don't GAF -- it's just coach speak". Given that I now spend more time on CU boards than the other team's, I found myself speculating how CU fans see this, especially in light of the Pac-12 losing streak. What think you Buffs -- for teams with little to no playoff chances, should conference play be the sole focus with OOC games treated as exhibitions? Clearly, for teams in the playoff hunt, OOC means as much as conference games. Does your opinion change if the OOC schedule inculdes "Nicholls and UMass" vs "Nebraska and Michigan"? Does your opinion change if you just paid $60+ for the ticket or made a substantial donation to the AD or Buff Club? Does your opinion change if your team hasn't won a conference game in recent memory? stop reading here if my typical drivel bores you. For fans of that other school, this is nothing really new. That coach has previously made similar comments about bowl games. Under his tenure, fans have seen the team lose at home to an FCS school then go on to win a conference championship. They've seen the AD consistently schedule uber-difficult OOC games (typically at neutral sites) before conference play -- the implication being "take the loss to LSU/USC/OSU/etc to open the year and learn for conference play". This 'exhibition' comment just stated what many thought to be the case. For me personally, I'd be thrilled any year that one of my teams wins their conference, regardless of OOC performance. I've always said that I believed your performance against other schools with comparable academics, recruiting territories, athletic budgets, etc... means more than anything else. I also acknowledge that some OOC losses are really painful (e.g. VT's 2010 championship was tainted by the JMU loss). But I do feel that treating OOC games as exhibitions takes it too far -- the schools are getting premium TV dollars and charging premium ticket prices for these games and they should put a premium product on the field. Tangent: this would be a really ironic comment if that coach's school was trying to break the record for college football attendance next year with a premium non-conference game.