Personally I get a little tired of hearing about OOC scheduled. Especially GC's. Everyone has to play and perform against who they play. Preseason everyone would have HSC 3-0 or 2-1. Well they aren't. OOC games MUST be scheduled based on budget for ALL ODAC schools. Why should GC drop Greensboro? I say play them for the next 100 years. What does it matter?
I agree and disagree with this. Schools have to do what is in their best interest. If Guilford chooses to only pay to play the 3 or 4 nearest schools, then that is what they do. However, you don't want to hear grumbling when they go 9-1 and get left out of the playoffs by losing the AQ. Not from Guilford, not from the ODAC. They reap what they sow, and I think Hasa has done a great job of being up front about it. I doubt all Guilford fans are the same way.
W&L played the lamest OOC schedule last year I've ever seen. But they won the AQ. Would they have gone undefeated if they hadn't played a weak slate? I don't know. Based on this year it seems unlikely. But if they had, they might have pulled a home game in the playoffs with just one better opponent. This year W&L played the toughest slate in the conference. I know Hanson is ignoring NNA, but lets not forget about them just because they don't fit a neat and tidy box. CMS is likely to make the West Regional Rankings if they keep winning, JHU is likely to be near the top of the South Regional Rankings if they keep focused. But the issue is can W&L win the conference. Because with 2 losses, even to presumed RROs, you aren't getting a Pool C.
So OOC matters, but only if you don't win the AQ. Does playing better opponents prepare you for the season ahead? Or does running over marshmallows give you the momentum you need going into conference play? There is plenty of evidence on both sides, so I think it is difficult to draw a conclusion.