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2015 California Golden Bears Football Schedule


Record: 8-5, 4-5 (Pac-12)
Date   Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Saturday
Sep. 5
Tigers Grambling State Tigers
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Won 73-14
Saturday
Sep. 12
Aztecs San Diego State Aztecs
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Won 35-7
Saturday
Sep. 19
Longhorns at Texas Longhorns
Darrell K Royal - TX Mem. Stadium, Austin, TX
Won 45-44
Saturday
Sep. 26
Huskies at Washington Huskies
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Won 30-24
Saturday
Oct. 3
Cougars Washington State Cougars (HC)
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Won 34-28
Saturday
Oct. 10
Utes at Utah Utes
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Lost 30-24
Saturday
Oct. 17
Open Date  
Thursday
Oct. 22
Bruins at UCLA Bruins
Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
Lost 40-24
Saturday
Oct. 31
Trojans USC Trojans
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Lost 27-21
Saturday
Nov. 7
Ducks at Oregon Ducks
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Lost 44-28
Saturday
Nov. 14
Beavers Oregon State Beavers
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Won 54-24
Saturday
Nov. 21
Cardinal at Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Lost 35-22
Saturday
Nov. 28
Sun Devils Arizona State Sun Devils
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Won 48-46
2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Tuesday
Dec. 29
Falcons Air Force Falcons
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Won 55-36

Cal Headlines

    1. Day
      August 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

      This is a cute article, I would’ve kept out A&M vs UTSA since this is their 1st ever meeting.

    2. Hail Southern!
      August 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      If you watched the 2014 Georgia Southern @ Georgia Tech game or better yet, if you attended the game, then you would know the ACC referees took the game out of the players hands with a terrible reversal of an ON THE FIELD call (requires indisputable evidence…it’s still being disputed). Georgia Southern was the better team that day and still has the more dynamic roster. Thank you Paul Johnson and the Tech AD for not being scared (UGAg) and rescheduling the Eagles…GS won’t leave it in question this go around. It would be great for the state if GS and Tech continued to schedule a game (maybe a H&H once Paulson Stadium is expanded to 30k) every other year. Athletically, as of late, the two schools are closer to peers than big brother-little brother.

      • Kevin Kelley
        August 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        Georgia has played Georgia Southern six times since 1992, Georgia Tech only once. I don’t think Georgia is scared of GS.

      • Hail Southern!
        August 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        Interesting that 5 of those 6 times were when Georgia Southern had 63 scholarships. The 6th game was a carry over from GS’s FCS days and Georgia elected to move the game from 2016 to 2015 probably because they didn’t want an additional year of FBS recruiting for GS. Georgia was gifted that win last year and every dawg fan knows it. For both parties, it is understood that Georgia no longer wants any part in scheduling GS and frankly that’s fine by me.

      • Atlanta_Mafia
        August 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

        Don’t worry Kevin Kelly, that’s just GS non-sense talk. They told GSU that they’d never beat GS – but in the just the second meeting (last year) GSU gave them their worst defeat in the history of Paulson High School County Stadium, The glory days of GS are behind them. The newsflash to GS is that they are the #4 team in the state of Georgia and they think that they are #1.

      • William Satterwhite
        August 11, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Georgia Tech got up big in that game and then let up and allowed Georgia Southern back in, the Eagles were far from the better team that day.

      • H
        August 11, 2016 at 5:34 pm

        Georgia Southern’s coach was on his way out and focused on a million dollar salary…way to go. How’d that bowl game work out for the mighty Panthers? Let’s compare some numbers for a minute…17-53 (129th in FBS) vs. 375-200-10 (14th in FBS)…0 D1 National Championships vs. 6 D1 National Championships (most all-time)…0 D1 Conference Titles vs. 11 D1 Conference Titles. WHEW! I can certainly understand why a Panther fan (those exist?) would cling like hell to that win against Georgia Southern! Run along now, let us men get back to it.

      • Atlanta_Mafia
        August 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        GS has never beat UGA – GS has never beat GT – GS is 50/50 against GSU.
        So your excuse is that GS got pounded at home by GSU cause your coach was dreaming about a real job? Really? That’s all it took for the mighty Beagles to lose at home? A coach’s daydream? All that tripe that GS spews about GSU and you got pounded in just the second effing year by a five year old football team? Fact is that Richt got fired because he almost lost to GS so that should tell you about how little respect there is for the GS product. So maybe GS needs to realize that they may start to fall behind KSU or Mercer. You guys have such an incredible false sense of entitlement from all those Pee-Wee league trophies. Probably ought to go on back to FCS Pee-Wee league! How about that Capt GAyTAy?

      • Hail Southern!
        August 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        The Real GSU has played UGA and GT once with equal scholarships. Do you understand that having 22 less scholarships is a disadvantage? Once the playing field was made even, the Real GSU lost by a combined 10 points in their first outings with 85 scholarships. Again, I appreciate GT rescheduling the Real GSU unlike UGAg (I bet you’re a UGAg fan before a GAy St fan). Do you understand that when a head coach does not prep their team for a game that the team is unprepared? Big concepts here. Do you have any facts or just opinions? Richt was on the hot seat at the start of that season and the season before that…try to keep up. The fact that you recognize KSU and Mercer says a lot about where you view GAy St. Pee-Wee trophies…you’re talking about Division 1 National Championships. Do you understand that prior to the College Football Playoff, the FCS Playoff was the highest form of a college football playoff in existence? Oh but computers picking two teams worked out every time. The Real GSU should go back to FCS? You mean the Real GSU with the 18-7 FBS record (.720)? How about GAy St with the 7-30 FBS record (.189). This is too easy man, c’mon. (A) Why would GAy St field a football team and (B) why would ANYONE be a fan???? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!

      • stoopnagle
        August 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        Southern has never beaten Georgia and never will.

    3. Matt Rigby
      August 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      what about the Brigham Young-Utah State game or the Notre Dame-Navy game?

      • David
        August 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        Neither BYU nor USU are a Power 5. And Notre Dame and Navy aren’t in the same state.

      • Adam
        August 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

        Matt probably meant to say the BYU-Utah game. Utah is a P5, but BYU is not. The summary would read something like this:

        Utah-Brigham Young

        When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 5:30pm MT
        Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
        All-Time Series Leader: Utah, 58-34-4 (62.5%)
        Last-Five: Utah, 5-0 (100%)

        Utah has dominated its little brother, BYU, over the last 13 meetings (10-3, 77%). And they will certainly do so again this fall.

      • Bill
        August 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        how would BYU qualify as a “Big” brother?

      • C
        August 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Bill, Utah would be the big brother

      • Mark S
        August 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

        Someone asked that on Twitter, FBSchedules replied “BYU generally considered P5 so not included.”

      • Matt
        August 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        BYU fits the P5 requirement for scheduling for most if not all conferences. The SEC looks at BYU as a P5…last time I checked the SEC is the premier program in College Football.

    4. Bill
      August 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      good article ….but i would say Georgia Southern has a much better chance of beating Georgia Tech than many of the games you have ranked as more likely. I don’t think very many people would be surprised is Georgia Southern wins that game.

    5. KF Baxter
      August 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Utah had to be invited to a conference to be considered P5. BYU did it on their own.

      • Wade
        August 12, 2016 at 7:54 am

        BYU is considered by some to be a P5 “for scheduling purposes.” But we’re not actually a P5, since we don’t belong to a P5 conference. That’s why it’s so important for us to get into the Big XII…the fate and viability of our football program rests on it. If we don’t get in and become an actual P5, our future looks no better than that of New Mexico State.

    6. zerome4sooners
      August 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Little brother = going on every web site possible to talk about how Utah should really be a big brother

    7. Sean
      August 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I think ECU is NC State’s big brother when it comes to football.

    8. scotta@genesyspackaging.com
      August 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      What about Penn State vs Pitt this year?

    9. Craig
      August 23, 2016 at 1:11 am

      I don’t think many Ohio State fans see any MAC schools as “little brother.” The only school that would make sense to have that designation would be U of Cincinnati.

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    1. Aussie_Math
      November 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Awesome, great to see a college football game come over to Oz. Just hope they sell out the stadium to make the trip worth it. A bad look for Sydney if they have a lot of empty seats. IMO great to see but maybe wrong choice of cities.

      • Shep
        November 28, 2015 at 11:45 pm

        Wrong choice of cities? More like wrong choice of teams. I wouldn’t blame anybody for not wanting to waste their time and money on that garbage team Hawaii fields.

    2. BoiseDownUnder
      November 29, 2015 at 6:18 am

      I’m a Boise State fan living in Adelaide Australia, and I follow college football more intently than just about anyone in Australia I feel. I’m not even contemplating going to this game. Would rather spend $2,000 to go to America to watch something like San Jose State vs Fresno State, than spend $500 to go to Sydney to watch Cal vs Hawai’i. If it were an attractive program like say USC, or UCLA, or Oregon at Cal’s expense. I probably go, or if it’s a semi-respectable school like San Diego State, or Air Force, or Nevada (even if I hate them) at Hawai’i expense. I probably go as it’d be a good game. But I’m not going to go watch a game you know will be a Cal 4+ TD win.

      If we’re going to get a game, do it right! There’s talk still for a bowl game in Melbourne. At least there we’re getting average teams at worst depending on who’s selected. Much better proposal than this.

      In Australia the NFL has a niche following. And a pre-season game in 1999 only got 74k (ANZ Stadium had a capacity of 110k back then pre-olympics). For every 10 NFL fans. Only 1 would even look at college football. If this is even 50% full (40k) I’ll be in shock.

      • MJB (@mjbx101)
        November 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

        If you don’t like the matchup, blame Baylor.

        The game in Australia was supposed to be Cal vs. Baylor, but Baylor backed out for unknown reasons.

      • Jeff B.
        December 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

        Yeah the unknown reason is the would rather play FCS teams and group 5 teams! They need to man up and play a power 5 team in non conference play!!!

      • FearTheSpear
        December 2, 2015 at 1:06 am

        Sold 20,000 tickets yesterday in pre-sales, enjoy sitting at home in Adelaide!

    3. nickp91
      November 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      NSW Premier Mike Baird said it took the State Government about 12 months to secure the match

    4. ZiaLobo
      November 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Would love to see my New Mexico Lobos play in Australia! We love our Aussie connections with Luc Longley and Hugh Greenwood/Cameron Bairstow in college basketball! Maybe we can get some young Australian studs to come play American football for the Lobos as well!

    5. Kimo
      May 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      There maybe a number of aussies who will be the BIG losers when these two teams meet. Sorry to say Aussies lack the ability to love a team win or lose.

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    1. Gamer
      March 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      P12, BigX, B1G are quickly getting scheduled up, while the SEC scheduling languishes.

      SEC still needs five non-FCS games in 2016, 11-13 non-FCS games in 2017, and 27 non-FCS games in 2018.

      Need non-FCS OOC games:
      SEC – 2016 (5) / 2017 (11-13) / 2018 (27) / 2019 (24-25)
      ACC – 2016 (5) / 2017 (9-11) / 2018 (12) / 2019 (12-13)
      B1G – 2016 (0) / 2017 (8) / 2018 (9) / 2019 (17)
      P12 – 2016 (2) / 2017 (2) / 2018 (7) / 2019 (7)
      B12 – 2016 (2) / 2017 (2) / 2018 (2) / 2019 (6)

      AAC – 2016 (1) / 2017 (7) / 2018 (13) / 2019 (10)
      MWC – 2016 (2-3) / 2017 (6-9) / 2018 (9-12) / 2019 (13+)
      CUSA – 2016 (1) / 2017 (6) / 2018 (14) / 2019 (19)
      MAC – 2016 (1) / 2017 (6) / 2018 (8) / 2019 (20)
      SunB – 2016 (1) / 2017 (9) / 2018 (12) / 2019 (21)

      ND – 2016 (0) / 2017 (0) / 2018 (2) / 2019 (2)
      BYU – 2016 (0-1) / 2017 (0-1) / 2018 (1-2) / 2019 (2-3)
      Army – 2016 (1) / 2017 (1) / 2018 (1) / 2019 (2-3)
      Mass – 2016 (3-4) / 2017 (1) / 2018 (4) / 2019 (8)

    2. Joe
      March 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      If this were an SEC team doing this, the comments would be full of hate. Instead, this was posted four days ago and there is one comment. All teams schedule cupcakes. ALL teams.

      • Billy
        March 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

        Joe, your argument is a little incomplete. Yes, all P5 Schools play “cupcakes”, but the problem is the SEC loads up on a higher percentage of “cupcakes”. You may need to take off your sun glasses or blinders or whatever it is that impairing your vision and try to see the whole picture. I really don’t thing there’s as much hate as you would want, just more frustration.

      • Joe
        April 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

        The SEC doesn’t ‘load up’ on a higher percentage of cupcakes. That’s absurd. The SEC follows the basic formula everyone has followed for the last thirty years. One power five, two other Division I-A schools that they should beat, and one FCS school. Sure, there are exceptions, but that’s pretty much the way most everyone has done it for a good while now.

        Oh, and then the SEC goes and plays eight teams from the best conference in football.

        But don’t take my word for it. Take the NFL’s word for it. The SEC has more players drafted than any other league… That’s a pretty good measuring stick that is completely unbiased. In fact, it’s probably the best measuring stick because the NFL has a lot to loose when a draft pick doesn’t work out.

        But hate on, haters… The SEC is still best and you know it.

      • MJB (@mjbx101)
        September 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm

        Almost all teams, but not all. UCLA, USC, and Notre Dame have never played an FCS (former I-AA) team in football.

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    1. Scott
      March 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Please don’t start writing articles like this. Stick to scheduling.

      • @dbrunstheworld
        March 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

        Whenever there is scheduling news, Kevin, Amy and the gang cover it. This is reasonable content for a slow week.

    2. Bill (the one that's commenting for years; not the newbie)
      March 16, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks for the great article Amy,

    3. Josh
      March 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

      My only question is why Georgia Tech is not considered here.

      • mrvandy212
        March 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

        They used the US News Rankings and took the Top 10 FBS-playing Universities. The next few would have been: Wake Forest, Michigan, North Carolina, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Wisconsin, Penn St., Florida, Miami (FL), and Washington.

      • chrisnd
        September 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        Because Georgia Tech is not ranked among the Top 25 schools according to USN. Therefore, they do not qualify for this list despite fielding an FBS school.

        Re-read the intro again to see the qualifications for being included in this list.

    4. JackStriker
      March 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      I would find a bottom ranked list interesting as well.

      • PeteF3
        March 17, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        US News doesn’t really rank top-to-bottom. After the top schools, they have Tier 2 and Tier 3, and those aren’t ranked, they’re just all in a bunch.

    5. jhasting
      March 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

      If you have another slow week, could you expand this to a top 25 list?

    6. Eric the Wildcat
      March 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Great article and thanks for taking notice of the rivalries between some of the best schools in the country. Northwestern is deliberately scheduling more games against peer schools that share this academic commitment. Our students want to compete both in class and on the field.

    7. Dave
      April 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

      No Boston College, No Georgia Tech. I like the premise of the article just don’t agree with all the schools in the article

      • chrisnd
        September 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

        Apparently you didn’t read the intro to the chart:

        “Of the Top 25 schools in the USN National University Rankings, 10 of them field FBS football teams.”

        Neither Boston College nor Georgia Tech are ranked in the top 25 school listing, and therefore are not included on this list.

        Read the article again, and follow the link to USN to find out where BC and GT rank.

    8. Someone Who Actually Knows Something About Football
      October 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Great concept but completely bogus rankings after the obvious top two, ND and USC. Vanderbilt, Duke and Virginia all have historically weak teams but enjoy high rankings here because they only play each other. Next to Rice, they are clearly the three worst teams on this list by any plausible measure. Only the most ignorant fool would say that Vandy has had a better football team over the years than UCLA! If these two schools had played each other for the past 50 years, I guarantee you that UCLA would have won at least 48 of the 50 games (and the Bruins would have been favored to win all 50, but I’m assuming a couple of upsets).

      Here is the correct list, with the schools also divided into three very obvious tiers:
      1. ND
      2. USC
      3. UCLA
      [Big gap here]
      4. Stanford
      5. Northwestern
      6. Cal
      [Another gap here]
      7. Vanderbilt
      8-9. Duke-Virginia (take your pick)
      10. Rice

      As Eric the Wildcat pointed out, Northwestern deserves credit for going out of its way to schedule these games. Since 2012, NU has won five of six (with two other games cancelled), beating Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Duke and Vanderbilt while losing the return match vs. Cal. Sadly, after losing to NU in both 2010 and 2012, the cowardly Commodores bought their way out of rematches in 2013 and 2014, in order to play football weaklings Austin Peay and UMass instead.

      • Richard Manso
        November 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm

        you need to re-read the article, they didn’t start with fb rankings they started with USN rankings of top 25 schools from academic perspectives, then identified those with an FBS fb team, of which there was only 10, then ranked those 10 by the records against each other.

    9. Hugh
      November 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

      No Michigan? NU is my favorite as my alma mater, but didn’t beat Michigan a top 20 school.

    10. Grady
      November 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Hard to believe neither West Point, Navy, nor Air Force are included in this list of top “brain schools”

      • Kevin Kelley
        November 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

        You misread the article.

      • James O'Rourke
        March 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm

        Actually, Grady has a point. It’s clear that these rankings are derived from a set of National University Rankings that do not include the federal academies, I think Grady’s observation makes sense. Just because the Air Force Academy, West Point, and Annapolis choose not to participate in those ranking systems doesn’t mean they’re not among the very best of collegiate institutions in this country.

      • Gabrownfam
        March 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        Grady makes a good point, but the academies didn’t choose to not be ranked by USN, USN excludes the academies because of their political nomination and appointment criteria. They would certainly be top 25 otherwise as they are in other publications

    11. Oski55
      March 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      In what world is Cal a #20 ranked university? It is the #1 public university in the country. Are all of the rest of these private?

    12. Jane Webster
      May 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Oh, please. The only one of those schools that belongs in a “Brain Bowl” is Stanford.

    13. L. Roy Hershey
      July 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Great article! How about a Brain Bowl All Star team based on 1st team, 2nd, etc. All-Americans?? Hope to see it here!

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    Cal, Ole Miss Schedule 2017 & 2019 Football Series

    By Kevin Kelley -
    1. Dave
      February 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Why can’t the University of Washington schedule teams like Mississippi, TCU and Auburn? At the same time they have Idaho twice, Easten Washington, North Dakota, Sacramento State twice, Portland State,etc. 11 FCS games in 8 years and 4 games against power 5 schools with Rutgers being two of those. Only Michigan in 2020 and 2021 has any appeal.

    2. day
      February 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Ole MIss & Cal are starting to put some nice looking OOC future schedules together. We will see a lot more PAC-12 & SEC collide during regular season.

      • Maverick
        February 20, 2015 at 2:00 am

        Cal’s OOC schedule is pretty good. Ole Miss’ is getting better, but it’s still pretty weak. To get respect when you play 8 conference games, you need to play a tougher OOC schedule (at least 2 Power 5 teams). Thanks!!!

      • PeteF3
        February 20, 2015 at 11:29 pm

        One thing about Ole Miss and Miss State is that I’m guessing they’ll have more trouble getting top P5 teams to go there. They don’t have the prestige of the traditional SEC bluebloods and I don’t think they’re in a hotbed for recruiting (I’m open to being corrected). I know Ole Miss got Texas a couple of years ago but I don’t know how much incentive an Ohio State or USC would have to take a road trip into Starkville or Oxford. They may have to take what they can or play more neutral-site games.

        They also have an uphill climb in the SEC as it is, without having to deal with a major OOC foe as well.

      • day
        February 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

        You nailed it! Ole Miss & Miss St are a good 8-4 or 9-3 team at best each year or there at the bottom of the SEC with a 3-9 record. Last year these schools had great teams but being in the SEC West they ran into a buzz-saw. Ole Miss & Miss St normally do schedule smaller teams in order to have more wins & make a bowl, in which is better for the conference the school, recruiting & pay. These teams are not that attractive at all when it comes to playing a USC or The Ohio St but if the Mississippi schools keep up these winning ways then they will be but I doubt that will happen due to all the other power houses in the SEC. I luv this match-up cause it gives you PAC-12 vs SEC with two teams that are really never all that hot.

      • schoup
        February 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        @Day

        LOL.. I love how you still are spouting the hype of the SEC West…The proved just how overrated they were in their bowl games..Bama beat easily, Ole miss abd Miss St taken behind the wood shed. LSU losing to lowly Notre Dame. Ole Miss and Miss St played garbage OOC guaranteeing 4 wins.

      • Judson
        February 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm

        You guys are out of your mind! Ole Miss has to play in division conference games against Bama, LSU, Auburn, Ark, T A&M and the likes of cross division teams like Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. That Western Division SEC Conference is THE juggernaut of ncaa football. They WIPED OSU off the field in the Sugar Bowl and would most likely have been in the National Championship game if Arkansas’ BS fluke play hadn’t gone their way. Rebels had the 4th highest strength of schedule by end of season. Very hard for ANY team in the SEC West to not have a couple of losses.

    3. MDawg
      February 20, 2015 at 11:01 am

      I like how California is scheduling. Future schedules have either 2 PA or 1 PA plus an upper tier G5 school. The 3rd OCC is against the FCS, but one weaker game as a tune-up is fine.

    4. Hank
      February 20, 2015 at 11:03 am

      “It will also mark the first time Ole Miss has faced an opponent from the Pac-12.”

      Absolutely pathetic. Get out of your comfort zone, Ole Miss!

      • G of F
        February 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm

        This announcement would indicate that they are working on getting out of their comfort zone.

      • Patrick Ryan
        February 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm

        You do know that the SEC and PAC12 haven’t met in a bowl game in I don’t know how long either. For some odd reason. Other than the national championship. There is much more controlling who these teams play than some want to realize. I may be wrong but the universities don’t have much say in which bowl they go to. And yes it is pathetic they haven’t played a PAC12 team. I want to see better OOC games and at the same time I want to see better bowls. At least then, at the end of regular season, we can compare equally ranked teams and truly figure out who the best conference is. But the bowl matchups this past year were absolutely pathetic. Somewhat better than in the past but still a long ways to go. The people with the “say” don’t give two sh*ts about quality matchups in the bowls, all they care about is money. What has been controlling many of the OOC scheduling in the past. But hey can you blame them.

    5. Evan
      February 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      I think this is how OOC scheduling should go for all FBS teams (minimum)
      1 P5 team, 1 G5 team, 1 FCS team.
      For conferences that play 4 OOC games, it would go:
      1/2 P5, 2/1 G5, 1 FCS.

      FBS teams should be allowed to play FCS team, as the FCS teams actually benefit from it, but it shouldn’t count towards bowl eligibility, just played as an exhibition game. That means that teams that tend to finish with 5-6 wins each season would stray from scheduling FCS teams, or they would plan an FCS team as a 13th game.

      You should have to go 6-5 or 6-6 at worst against the FBS to be bowl eligible, not 5-6.

      • schoup
        February 23, 2015 at 1:19 pm

        NO FCS Games. They are worthless and btw dangerous to FCS athletes. Schools with 85 scholarships are playing a school with 63. Even in FBS if you said some teams get 62 and others got 85 scholarships it would create a large disparity, that’s why sanctions like what happened to Penn State and Miami killed their programs when scholarships were reduced. With FCS it’s even worse b/c they are dealing with lesser and smaller athletes in general and fewer scholarships. The games are worthless and all conferences should do what the b10 is doing in phasing them out or be like USC, UCLA, and ND who have never played an FCS school. FCS games are also bad for fans. They pay the same money to see a good game or a worthless FCS game. Schools have many reason to get rid of then as mentioned and another is they are becoming more expensive as schools are wanting 800K for them and the games often don’t sell out .

      • Disgusted Husky
        February 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        How True! Washington was one of the last hold outs with no FCS prior to 2011-and then the damn burst with AD Scott Woodward and getting at least one a year scheduled through 2021-twice as many FCS games from 2015-2021 as Power 5 games (8 vs. 4). 2011-Eastern Washington; 2012- Portland State; 2013- Idaho State; 2014-Eastern Wash and Georgia State; 2015-Sacramento State; 2016-Idaho and Portland State; 2017 & 2021-Montana; 2018-North Dakota; 2019-Eastern Wash; 2020; Sacramento State. Only 4 power5 conference OOC games scheduled for 7 years and 2 are against lowly Rutgers.

        In 2014, the UW paid GeorgiaState $900,000 to come to Seattle. There were over 5,000 unsold seats @ $ 30 dollars less than for P% games and at least 15,000 no shows for a Saturday afternoon game in 80 degree weather. The Huskies played listless and trailed at the half 14-0 before winning 42-14. The players were unmotivated to play a lesser team, The gate was reduced by a few hundred thousand, the fans were totally uninterested-I could not give my tickets away.

        In 2007, Washington’s OOC schedule was- @ Syracuse and @ homw with Boise state and Ohio State. In 2008- BYU, Oklahoma & Notre Dame. 2009-LSU, Idaho, Notre Dame. 2010-BYU, Syracuse & Nebraska.

        Fast forward-2014-Hawaii, Eastern washington, Illinois & Georgia State.
        2016-Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State. 2017-Rutgers & Montana. 2018- North Dakota (not St.), Nevad and BYU. 2019-Eastern washington, Hawaii, BYU. 2020 Michigan, Sacramento State.

        If any one can fin an OOC schedule weaker than that, please advise.

    6. bradleysmith1212
      February 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      First, FCS games should only be allowed in the spring and at the end of August as pre-season exhibition games – that do not count toward the win-loss record.

      Then, all P5 teams should be required to play at least 2 P5 OOC, with at least one on the road or at a neutral site.

      The Selection Committee could better compare and rank teams if the P5 conferences play each other more often. The fans would benefit tremendously too.

      So, instead of each playing Idaho in a payday home game, USC and Auburn would play EACH OTHER (see 2015).

      Instead of playing Georgia Southern, West Virginia and Georgia play EACH OTHER (see 2015, again).

      Instead of playing Troy, NC State and Wisconsin or Mississippi St. play EACH OTHER (see 2015).

      • schoup
        February 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        Agree with no FCS games and I hope other conferences will phase them out like the B10 is doing. They are bad in so many ways. The 2 P5 OOC would be nice but will not happen. The only way you could do it is setting up a system like they do with the ACC/B10 challenge or SEC/B12 challenge in bball. All the schools of the conferences would have to coordinate to specify certain dates for all the games like week 2 or 4 are ACC vs B10 and 3 ad 5 are 12 vs b12 or whatever. Without that level of coordination it would be impossible to assure everybody gets 2 games that fit the right dates. The top programs, if you look at future schedules, are going to 2 P5’s most years and when they don’t they have 2 p5’s they are going with a P5 and a top level mid major.

        The first thing I would mandate before 2 p5’s OOC would be everyone play a 9 game conf schedule and 1 P5 at a non neutral site. The ACC and SEC don’t play 9 games which is logistically asinine with 14 teams Those two conferences also play the most FCS games. In the SEC every team plays one and most years the ACC is the same, I think it was 13 of 14 ACC teams played a FCS last year and the SEC was 14 of 14. Next year both are 14 for 14 while the B10 has 7 and the other conferences have 8

        The second mandate would be end FCS games.

        I think those 2 things would make a huge difference so teams would be playing 10 of 12’s guaranteed vs P5’s. The top programs are already scheduling 2 P5’s. Ending FCS games would also give some of the better midmajors better scheduling opportunities. Some of that is already happening b/c with the B10 phasing out FCS games they are also have more future home and home series with mid majors as they are also reducing their pure pay games. Part of the b10 strategy by their commissioner was playing each other more which was done by 9 games, playing better OOC games and financially reducing pay games which on average in 2013 cost almost 1 mil per game.

    7. Patrick Ryan
      February 25, 2015 at 11:43 am

      WelL it looks like the Sec is starting to schedule home and home series. Nice to see. Need to see more quality matchups like these. Legit. Great for college football.

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