sorry if this has been covered before but I have just noticed that wittenberg opens the 2013 season with fcs butler. Good luck tigers, would be great for the entire league to come through with the win.
See that's the thing...it's NOT good for the entire league. Nobody else gets even tangential benefit from Wittenberg beating Butler, which won't happen anyway. The NCAA doesn't recognize that game as ever having happened for SOS or any other selection/seeding purposes. Aside from the novelty and curiosity of it being a D3 vs. FCS game, it's a total throwaway.
You probably already know this, however, many of us have discussed this situation at length before on several of the boards. Nonetheless, while I certainly understand where you are coming from, I respectfully disagree - my own personal opinion is I see nothing wrong with having a DIII team play an FCS game. IMO, it has nothing to do with the entire league (whether it is the MIAA or the NCAC, etc.). The bottom line is that a team has to win their own league to obtain the AQ regarless of who they play. Subsequently, in that regard then, the realistic chances of two teams from the same league getting into the playoffs i.e. a second team via an at-large bid is slim - of course it can happen, but is rare. So the fact that the NCAA doesn't count an FCS i.e. out of division game towards one's SOS doesn't matter anyway, unless, again, some team has a realistic chance of getting an at large bid - rare for that and even rarer in regards to the amount of teams that even would have that capability.
All that said, I've always been in favor of a DIII team 'playing up" if that is what they want to do. It is a great experience for the players and, maybe, just maybe if they pull the upset, even moreso (and that can happen). Besides, I'v always believed playing up in such a game is helpful in making one's team stronger for the season and in the long run even if you lose. Of course, a team has to have the "horses" for that as well - or at least it helps!
Anyway, each team has to make their own decision. Right know, I believe you are right that Witt probably doesn't have a chance against Butler, since the latter has markedly improved in recent years, yet those past great Witt teams might have had a chance. You have to recall that until these most recent 3-4 years, Butler had a hard time beating the likes of Albion in our MIAA and even lost one year. But...as you have pretty much alluded to, that was "a long time ago" now.
This is always an interesting discussion IMO, and also to what degree depends on the teams involved for any specific year.