Conferences struggle to cram games into calendar

The Division I-A schedule expansion to 12 games in 2006 has the schedule makers reaching for the Rolaids, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: February 9, 2006, 1:14 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Athletic directors, having viewed the 12th game as just another trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet of college football, are suffering from digestive problems. In conference offices across the country, cramming 12 games for 12 teams into 13 Saturdays has overtaken Sudoku as the maddening mathematical puzzle of the moment.

Last year, the NCAA approved expanding the Division I-A football schedule to 12 games. But the organization did not adjust its scheduling calendar. Games may not begin ...

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