Arizona OOC schedule lacks a P5 program for the next three seasons,and same last season (unless you consider BYU). Is this weak scheduling done on purpose to give RichRod extra time to build his program? Or is Arizona just having difficult bringing in P5 programs to Tucson? Or just a bad job by a previous Arizona AD? I see in future years the Wildcats have home-and-homes scheduled with Texas Tech, Miss St, Kansas St and Nebraska,
Home-and-homes with Houston and UTEP, and also Texas Tech in 2019-20. They need games in Texas for recruiting
So the game at VPI will be on a Friday? That is what day August 30th falls on in 2030.
Arizona OOC schedules:
2013 @UNLV / UTSA / No Arizona
2014 Nevada / UNLV / @UTSA
2015 @Nevada / UTSA / No Arizona
2016 @BYU (Glendale) / Hawaii / Grambling St
2017 Houston / @UTEP / TBA
2018 @Houston / BYU / UTEP
Recruiting aside, Arizona’s SOS is getting hurt by not scheduling a P5 program. But lucky for Arizona, Houston has became relevant once again. But will they be in 2017-18? Or maybe Arizona just doesn’t think they’ll ever be in position for the CFP and so SOS doesn’t matter?
And if B12 expands and takes Houston and BYU (which I’m betting on) Arizona’s future OOC schedule could be in for big changes. But expansion probably won;t happen until 2019 season, at its earliest.
Is an Alabama-Arizona at Arlington game still in the cards for 2020?
Again Arizona needs a P5 OOC opponent in 2017. So how about a Arizona-TCU neutral site game in Houston or at Arlington in 2017?
Or is UA going to settle for a FCS opponent and go without a P5 opponent in 2017 just like Miss St, WSU, Utah, Colorado, and Kansas?
Illinois is not playing a P5 OOC opponent 2017-20 and same with Wisconsin in 2017-19.
Conference bottomfeeders schedule like bottomfeeders. But does Wisconsin really want to become irrelevant again?
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My man Hermie Sadler should get a sideline gig here!
Just another SEC team finding a patsy ooc schedule.
Come on SEC haters turn it on.
Well, if you insist
9/1 Appalachian St (home)
9/10 VaTech (neutral)
9/17 Ohio (home)
11/5 Tennessee Tech (home)
It’s funny that, even when no “haters” have mentioned anything, SEC fans still whine about them. It’s really simple: play two decent teams (or one decent team if you ever go to 9 conf games), don’t play scrubs in October/November, go on the road occasionally. That’s what most everyone else does.
I’ll say it now………UT vs. Appy St. will be a 6-7 point game…..not 44-17, etc.
So when ohio state had virginia tech as the only even half way decent team on their schedule a couple years ago it was scheduling up?….but its just another cupcake when tennessee plays them on a neutral site?
Drive fast turn left
You forgot don’t wreck.
Hopefully they can pack the house & turn this into a regular game site for all teams to visit.
nearby AQ schools – Kentucky, West Virginia, Clemson. UNC/Duke/Wake/NCSt not that far. Clemson is the only one within 200 miles though
150,000 at a college football game will be cool
Number of schools in that list that could actually draw at least 1/4th of that attendance – 1, Clemson.
Drew, ask Michigan how it felt to play Appy State?
List us your team and conf schedule.
Michigan probably felt pretty good, they beat Appy St 52-14 in 2014. Bet you forgot that
I was at that game, got free tickets from work. UM looked real good, and then proceeded to get shut out at Notre Dame in their next game and finish the season 5-7. You left that part out.
that a bad Michigan team blew out Appy St shows how weak the Mountaineers were
So this is the best game ABC can come up with, 2 middle of the pack teams in their own conferences?
Prime time sucks. They got many hotel rooms nearby? Traffic is going to be a bear getting 150,000 fans out of there after midnight.
They do it all the time after a NASCAR night race at Bristol. For a football game, there will be a lot more busses and charters though.
TENNESSEE HOME GAMES AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY THAT WILL BE COOL
nice regional match up
Terps won 2013 game at VT in OT by that score, lead series 16-15. Arguably Edsall’s best win
Unlike the Big 12, the ACC is ran by adults who realize these kinds of games are still important even when one school decides to leave the conference. Good job.
This is a good series for both schools. Grew up in Maryland, now live in Virginia so I will catch an earful from the Hokie faithful as people in Hampton Roads love the Hokies. Hopefully Maryland can get a future series with Virginia.
The 1993 game in Blacksburg featured a huge on-field brawl in the pouring rain.
Pretty decent future OOC’s They have atleast 1 P5 and a decent midmajor, like ECU and some years with 2 P5’s and a decent mid major. Still have some FCS games with Liberty and Furman however. Love to see conferences phase out the FCS games like the B10 is doing.
NC State has an 1-AA game every year thru 2022…..
Liberty’s at least a regular FCS playoff team now. And a likely FBS Sun Belt whenever they make their application. Unless James Madison decides to do that first. (Then again, maybe both will go Sun Belt, if C-USA grabs another Sun Belt school to replace UAB.)
go georgia tech
Well we will see if the playoff committee really values SOS. The ACC should be embarrassed loading up on a FCS games coupled with having 8 game conf schedule with 14 teams. * game conf schedule is asinine in a 6-1-1 format you play 6 teams in your conf twice every 12 years. They will be cream puff state more times then they play a supposed conf member, you shoud want to play more to get your top teams playing more cross division games and to produce compelling match ups for the fans. All P5 conferences should ban playing FCS schools or be like USC, UCLA. ND who have never played a FCS school. There are enough mid majors to play without playing schools have 20 less scholarships. All conferences shouls go to 9 game conf, that;s you ACC and SEC especially since you have 14 teams. They should also play minimum 1 P5 opponent and the rest can be mid majors.
The 9 game conference schedule does not fit well. I would rather see all conferences at 8 conference games + 3 out of conference power 5 games (on a rotating basis where you play all the teams) + 1 group of five game, also on a rotating basis. I too do not like the fcs games. In the 1920-1940’s these schools maybe could compete. They cant now and its not fair to the kids from those schools to have to get their brains beat in for money. The power 5 can set up a fund or use a spring scrimmage game. My school would sell 80,000 tickets to see a spring scrimmage game. Charge 5-10 bucks a head and there is their yearly payout. The fans want to see the major teams play and not Alabama vs podunk state.
I would also like to see the power 5 conference’s all go to 16 teams, take in the next best 15 programs and each have a conference championship game. The 8 team playoff model is the best, 5 conference champs + 3 wild cards.
If they go to 16 teams per conference then they definitely should go with the 9 conference games but I like the 8 team playoff scheme.
8 games with 14 teams is asinine. The ACC and SEC have it and it means you play 6 teams in your conference twice over 12 years. They will all play some FCS school more in 12 years than they play 6 of their conf members. The best idea with 14 teams is 6-3 format, no permanent cross overs.
I wouldn’t mind getting rid of divisions, having a 9 game schedule with 5 permanent rivals, and 4 rotating teams filling the schedule. This way you’d have a home-and-home with each team in the conference every four years.
Have the conference championship game with the two best teams.
I feel the ACC and SEC could schedule an FCS opponent every other year to help out those programs financially but it’s every year. Since they’re staying with the 6-1-1 format they should play at least two P5 programs each year and one mid-major, if they (the schools that notoriously schedule FCS opponents) were to do what i proposed then years where they don’t have a FCS school on the schedule they could put another mid-major or man up and put an additional P5 but that’s not going to happen. The SEC would never schedule three in one year because “the SEC is the toughest conference and that would hurt them overall….” boohoo, listen, if you’re really the toughest conference what do you have to worry about? I’ll tell you what, they’re worried that they will get exposed like Alabama did in the Sugar Bowl where the entire conference struggles in OOC play and all the SEC junkies realize the SEC may not be as strong as they were made out to be. There is no real measuring stick on the absolute strongest conference but I’d venture to say it’s a draw between the SEC and PAC-12 with the B1G and BIG12 following suit, then the ACC ( at least this would be my estimate for the strength of conferences).
I think the problem with the SEC scheduling four major OOC games would have to do with
injuries week in & week out. Please keep in mind the SEC went 6-3 in bowls games last year. Alabama is 4-1 in bowl games (3-0) National Champion games over the last 5 years, I don’t think Bama was exposed, may not wanted to be there but after the Auburn run back it would be hard to get over. Oklahoma had great talented players & great plays & deserved to win the game.
When I say exposed I in no way mean it shows they’re not a great team or that the conference is weak, I’m saying exposed in the sense that they’re not THE best. A lot of people, especially on ESPN, were stating Alabama was the best team and were arguing that they were still number one in 2013 and Oklahoma wasn’t even near the same caliber of team. I’m not taking anything away from Alabama’s accomplishments, they deserve quite a bit of the hype but come on now, I feel like they and a bunch of other teams (not just in the SEC) NEED to up the bar on OOC scheduling by quite a bit. Injuries is a serious issue in all sports, they’ll unfortunately happen regardless of the counter measures we put up but they still can be avoided to a extent but now with this logic we’re going from risking ourselves to risking others by going against teams that due to the lack of scholarships don’t have the same depth on their roster and any injury can seriously hurt the rest of their season. That’s selfish of these major schools but that’s a whole other discussion. You’re right though, Oklahoma has a lot of talent on that team and were not getting enough credit plus the SEC overall did well in the post season but the focus is on the road to the post season and national title contention. This SEC favoritism takes other programs out of the picture even if they deserve a shot because the view that the SEC is the best but I don’t see the hard evidence and you can’t convince everyone on it simply by looking at the SEC dominance of the BCS era for the BCS was flawed, the playoff system should have been set-in a long time ago.
As far as I can tell, there are only A HANDFUL of programs who don’t play an FCS school:
Michigan has played UMass and App State in recent history. They open with App State, a game scheduled when App State was still an FCS program.
The two LA schools and Notre Dame are the last 3 schools who have *never* played an FCS game. ND never will as long as they’re on NBC, and I find it highly unlikely that the other two ever will either–unlike an Alabama or an OSU, they can’t just sell out the stadium against anybody. And they play in such a fertile recruiting ground that there’s no shortage of FBS teams who would leap at the chance to play there.
Arizona has played Northern Arizona every other year since 2002 and in years they don’t play they have another FCS team on the schedule.
Also I want to see Delaware vs. Michigan, just once, before I die. Just so people’s heads will explode.
Umass and App State are both D1 schools now so no they aren’t playing FCS schools. Horrible D1 schools, but D1 nonetheless.
Delaware has historically been a really good FCS program. I wouldn’t be surprised if they knock off one of those teams.
I think the FCS games should continue. Those teams cover a lot of their athletic budget with the guarantee money from those. Moving to a nine-game conference schedule, then requiring one FCS, one group of 5, and one P5 school would make for a balanced schedule.
Are you nuts? Requiring a FCS game is asinine. It should be 9 game conf, minimum 1 P5 OOC and the rest mid majors. Playing FCS schools is like NY Yankess playing their AAA far team and counting it in the MLB stats. FCS schools have 22 less scholarships per year, less resources, facilities, etc..The games serve no competitive purpose. They should be banned! The B10 is fasing them out when they go to 9 game conf schedule in 2017 as they should be by all conferences. The only programs never to play FCS schools are USC, UCLA, ND
I agree they are usually not competitive, but that guaranteed money goes a long way in helping keep the smaller athletic departments solvent. Plus every once in a while you get a special App State/Michigan moment.
These kinds of game are played in EVERY SINGLE college sport. I wouldn’t REQUIRE an FCS game per se, but mandating that they CAN’T be played is ridiculous. Let schools schedule how they want to schedule. If it gets abused, it will work itself out when it comes to time to be selected for the playoff. I don’t know who gets hurt when the big boys play the FCS games. Folks who complain about it are just grandstanding and/or B1G homers. Literally, NO ONE gets hurt by the big boys playing these teams and it would hurt the FCS guys a lot more than it hurts the big boys honestly.
The FCS games quite honestly are boring for the most part. The nine game schedule does not fit well for the ACC for several reasons. The ACC is perceived to be the weaker conference and more out of conference P5 games are needed in enhance their strength of schedule not a 9th conference game. Do away with the divisions and rotate the schedule, you play every team every other year. Best 2 teams play for conference championship.
I think that the B1G is the “perceived” weaker conference by people with knowledge.
Go ask your Ohio State fans how well things work out with say Clemson not to mention FSU.
The biggest beat down in the history of the “big-house” was put on Michigan by FSU.
Now maybe the B1G can hang with the likes of Pitt or Syracuse or Wake Forest but otherwise things are pretty clear.
Atlanta_Mafia I’m offended by that. Pitt would have a legitimate chance to beat every team in the B1G right now except for Michigan State and Ohio State. Syracuse would be about equal to half the teams in the mighty B1g right now too.
Is this the first evidence Delaware wants to upgrade? They are not that bad a fit for CUSA or AAC. needing an extra team.
Certainly better than UMass on the field
Wishing there was a like button right now, honest to god!
Some schools cant find an FBS opponent who will agree to visit without demanding a home and home. FCS is the only way to get a 6th or 7th home game.
I agree with one of the people that said if schools wanna schedule an FCS Opponent, instead of them playing during the season, play a full scrimmage game. Just like at the end of Spring Camp, Schedule Syracuse vs Maine, Texas A&M vs Texas St, Utah to play Portland St etc etc..
I might suggest those who feel no P5 team should be scheduling any FCS team may also want to go through schedules for other sports. I have the feeling these FCS programs are on just about every sports programs schedules in most other sports.
I read somewhere that Delaware, JMU, & Stony Brook were looking at moving to MAC. Then W&M, Richmond, & Nova would move to Patriot leaving Elon, UNH, Rhody, Albany, & Maine to blow in the wind.
Scheduling and FCS team is actually benefiting the FCS school because they get $$$$ to travel and get a loss in most cases.
Let the ACC go to 16 football teams…4 divisions of 4….Then play everyone in your division, and play everyone in another division (rotates every year). 7 Games so far…Then play 1 team in both of the last 2 divisions based on prior season placement. (If you finished 3rd, you play the 3rd place teams from the year before in the last two divisions…) 9 Conference Games. 3 Non-Conference games…The 2 Division winners with the best conference record play in the championship game…
Who would you add to the ACC?
UConn & Cincy
Even though Iowa St isnt a powerhouse, North Dakota St proved why teams do not schedule FCS teams. But many people forget, many of these FCS teams have FBS players that just couldnt qualify acedemically in most cases.