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New SEC football scheduling format

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. To me, the bigger issue here that isn't being talked about is the game inventory for TV/fans. Throw the competitive advantage thing between 8 or 9 games out the window. No Florida fans want to watch games against Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky. More and more people are giving up season tickets because 4 of 7 home games are against the likes of the aforementioned three and Kentucky or Vandy.

    With the way things are going these days with HDTVs getting bigger and better and less fans showing up, it's only a matter of time until the conference is actually hurting its schools by playing these crappy schedules.

    The new playoff system lessens the need to be perfect, especially if it ultimately expands to eight teams. That alone should give schools a little more leeway to schedule better opponents instead of the traditional cupcakes.
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Don't undervalue the value of watching your team whip the shit out of someone.
  3. RonClements

    RonClements Well-Known Member

    And my point would be there are enough "cupcakes" at the FBS level that so-called "elite" FBS schools don't need to play FCS teams to get a blowout tuneup win. Bama can schedule Eastern Michigan instead of Eastern Kentucky. LSU can play Georgia State instead of Georgia Southern. South Carolina can host Central Michigan instead of Central Connecticut, etc.
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Georgia Southern would probably beat Georgia State seven times out of 10.
  5. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Resurrecting the thread to note that apparently ACC schools are considering making their required big-5 nonconference game against ... another ACC school.


    If it worked in the SEC, it would present an interesting wrinkle.

    And yes, Georgia State sucks. Cream of FCS > bottom of FBS.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Georgia working on home-and-home with Notre Dame:

  7. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Note to Notre Dame: Make sure the home game is first. ;D
  8. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    The Eagles will get that chance, as both are now members of the Sun Belt.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    This is overriden by the impact caused by losing to a team like Appalachian State or Georgia Southern at home.

    Unless Will Muschamp wins back-to-back titles, he will be known in Gainesville as the coach who lost to Georgia Southern.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    An upset like that's a 1-in-100 event at best. (Both App State and GSU are joining FBS, so that's an upgrade from 1-in-Tunguska-asteroid-event.)
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Mississippi State to play Arizona:

  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Alabama to face USC in Dallas to open the 2016 season:


    As Brett McMurphy points out, Notre Dame at Texas and UCLA at Texas A&M are also that day.
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