This is actually not a bad idea, play a neutral site game then off to both home stadiums. That way there is a unbiased game in a large city stadium then home n home series.
Neutral site games are bad for fans in general. it’s just a money scheme. Even worse idea b/c Indiana biggest home croud last year was 44K with a capacity of 53K. People don’t really come to campus games and now your going to make them travel an hr and pay also pay for a single game ticket. UL fans aren’t going to be that excited to play Indiana…Mich St, Michigan, Pen State, Ohio st who yes..not Indiana a doormat of the b10
It’s not a money scheme, its good for business, if it was so bad for fans then why do they show up to the games? You also don’t know how these two teams will look in 8, 9 or 10 years. You complain about teams need more home n home series & these two teams made that happen & you’re are still complaining.
Indiana has sucked for decades, they will continue to be bottom dweller in the B10. Btw, it is stupid tp schedule a neutral game when you can’t even get your fans to fill a tiny 53K stadium.
Well the city of Indianapolis didn’t think it was stupid & is welcoming both teams with open arms.
I wonder why Purdue and Louisville didn’t strike the same deal.
Because the basketball game deal is what sealed the football game deal. Who wants to watch Purdue basketball?
Should make for a more interesting basketball matchup, but a pretty cool idea. I’d like to see more schools do multiple sports deals.
Indiana should be working on meeting the b10 requirements for OOC, They have to change games in 2019 and 2020 as their back to nack years of Western KY, Ball State and UConn does not meet the P5 requirement. Get on the ball Indiana AD and stop scheduling nonsense neutral games for a cellar team in the B10. You need to drop 1 of those series and schedule a P5.
wow alabama hates playing at home
The “neutral’ site games help them avoid playing an OOC road game: 8 conference games (4 road, 4 home) one P5 at a ‘neutral’ (but favorable) site, buy 3 home games against Go5 or FCS.
Alabama is going after that money!! I’m sure their fans would love to see a big match ups like these at home. Instead of FCS and group 5 games. Play a home and home with a power 5 team sometime. They could actually do both in the same year! Just a thought.
Actually, they need to provide some tickets to people other than just season ticket holders. If they could expand Bryant Denny to 150,000 they could sell that out now too. Problem is, Tuscaloosa can’t handle that level of traffic at all.
SEC should invite UL & Clemson into the conference.
Oh yes, and invite FSU and TCU for the SEC-West.
Alabama would schedule H&Hs but they get pretty much a home game by playing neutral site games without having to play at Louisville (or Va Tech, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.)
Dallas & Orlando is not considered a home game as a neutral site.
Agree, Alabama is ruining the tradition of college football scheduling with these off campus sites, it’s a joke to call them neutral sites (LOL who’s the joker that started calling them neutral?) Tuscaloosa can handle traffic better than Michigan at little Ann Arbor. Lets face it Bama is run by just a creepy bunch of administrators.
In Orlando? HAHA
So if it’s a neutral site near Bama then thats cool. Look at the so called neutral site games in Dallas or Atlanta as reference.
I’m glad this crap doesn’t happen in the NFL. Can you imagine the NFC south teams refusing to play road games in the cold up north? Carolina Panthers called the commish, they refuse to play at Chicago in November. Thats what would happen if the most the SEC athletic directors were in the NFL.
Keep hiding down south with a neutral site game, 8 home games and a bowl game all near home. We see thru it. Spare me your once every 15 year example they may travel away for a true road game. Do it every other year, thanks.
HAHA all you want to.
Magic Nick is extremely smart & knows that states like Texas, Florida & Georgia has some of the best players to recruit from. This is not the NFL so please stop comparing, 8 home games has nothing to do with anything, a bowl game near home is irrelevant, how many bowls are up north? There is a reason for that so please stop hiding behind it. I think Michigan & their fans would rather much be down in Florida for a bowl then playing in Wisconsin in a bowl. Bama is not looking to recruit in states like Michigan or Ohio so what’s the point of playing a home/n/home there. There’s nothing wrong with neutral site games, btw, every great team is playing in them, not just the SEC.
Alabama is one of the only one’s that consistently do it… The fact that almost every team but the SEC teams plays 7 home games and 5 away games can’t be taken away. It is a harder schedule because you travel to a hostile environment. No one is taking away Alabama’s greatness.
That said, you must admit that they are using (and abusing) the system to make their path to the CFP as easy as possible. No?
No, Alabama is playing according to the guide lines of the NCAA, once again, not all conferences are the same, this is not the NFL where people luv to compare the two. If you want to blame Bama for (abusing the system) then make sure you add Baylor, Iowa & a couple others to that list. As for a hostile environment is irreverent, if the Buckeyes are 4 touchdowns better then Minnesota & they are playing at Minnesota then the crowd does not matter, the Buckeyes are going to win by 4 touchdowns regardless how hostile the crowd is.
I live in Tampa. Alabama is absolutely hated in central Florida. This is brilliant on bama’s part. because it exposes them locally to young talent.. be it, Orlando (florida), dallas (texas) and atlanta (georgia) etc. Look at the hometowns on their roster.
when was the last Alabama home & home type of series before the one with Penn State
so correct me if I am wrong we have Auburn & Florida State in 2016 now Alabama & Louisville in 2018 BOTH in Orlando but nothing (yet) in 2017 but if so who
Ole Miss not Auburn
Alabama’s last Home-and-Home series before Penn State in 2010-2011 was in 2002-2003, against Oklahoma. The reason it’s not done anymore is that it’s MUCH more lucrative to have a neutral site game, as well as advantageous to recruiting.
Alabama played Duke home-home in 2006 and 2010.
Look at the Alabama schedule page. You’ll see they open with neutral site major P5 opponent each of the next four years
2015 09/05 – Wisconsin (at Arlington, TX)
2016 09/03 – USC (at Arlington, TX)
2017 09/02 – Florida State (at Atlanta, GA)
2018 09/01 – Louisville (at Orlando, FL)
Not ducking (hey you risk everything playing your opener against that major an opponent) and huge payouts to both schools. These are great for us fans. We don’t have to wait for SEC season to Alabama play a real team.
Not ducking? Don’t wanna wait for the SEC season to play a real team? Tell Saban not to chickenshit his way out of home-and-away series vs Power 5 conference teams. I haven’t seen anybody bring up the fact that Alabama was supposed to have a home-and-away with Michigan State and Saban backed out of that because he was allegedly worried about the SEC going to 9 conference games. What a pansy! He’s fast becoming the Bill Snyder of the SEC.
There’s a big difference between Saban & Snyder. Saban is playing for conference & national championships, Snyder is not. A lot of people have brought up the fact that Bama is no longer playing Michigan St & basically it that is old news & does not really matter. Calling Saban is pansy, now that’s funny.
If you knew your facts, you would know that it is Nick Saban that was and is pushing for a 9 game conference schedule. Yeah, he was real worried about Michigan State. How did the last game against them end by the way?
Hey Marlin Dartmann how did you like the game with Michigan St and Wisconsin this year .rflmao We beat the shit out of both little 10 teams. And don’t pull Osux out they are 3-1 against Bama.
How did that last MSU game go against Bama?
I really hope Purdue is competitive by the time this game rolls around.
Even if Purdue isn’t, it’s better than playing Directional Nowhere State.
Even DNS has been too tough for Purdue lately.
neutral site games are over done and aren’t even big match ups like when they first started. The only game of note for 2017 UM/Fla and that’s assuming both programs rebound quickly from several consecutive down years.
Eh, I disagree with that. UM/Fla doesn’t really move the needle because we’ve seen those teams play before. At least Purdue and Louisville is kind fresh. If both teams are fielding competitive squads by then, it’ll be fun to watch.
Bama vs. USC – Cowboys Classic
Wisconsin vs. LSU @ Lambeau Field
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee @ BristolMotor Speedway
You also have to take into account that most schools have beefed up their non-con schedules and it is, as you noted, difficult to schedule these games a few years in advance as you may not know wether a team will be up or down.
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Georgia vs. North Carolina – Chick FilA Kickoff Classic – Looked good a few years ago when Larry Fedora was on the rise, but not so much since he has not done much at UNC.
FSU vs. Ole Miss – Orlando – All of Hugh Freeze’s stud class of recruits from three classes back may be gone by then. But, hey. Either way, I’ll be watching.
Kevin Kelley, do you know if a game like Chick FilA get out of a contract if they have a feeling the game is going to stink, or no one way show up like last year’s Ole Miss/Boise match up? I am sure the Greatest Network in all of sports cares at least a little. But having looked at other ACC schools it doesn’t look like there can be many other replacements as most of the big schools already have their sched’s lined up with at least 1 P5, or like Clemson, already two.