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    1. ssweatman
      October 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Why don’t the conferences just make a list of schools that they cannot play!!! It’s getting ridiculous.

    2. Josh
      October 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Okay, so if I’m another Big Ten team I’m pissed. Minnesota had Fresno State and South Dakota State scheduled with one opening. Go get a real Power 5 team. But no, let’s grab Georgia Southern because the Big Ten isn’t really going to enforce this rule.

      • David Stroud
        October 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm

        Georgia Southern should count as P5 status since they beat Florida. South Dakota State almost upset TCU this year. If they go this route? Why don’t these P5 conferences create semi-power conferences that they say are counted as P5 schools? That way, we don’t have these types of arguments in the future. I think Big 10 should only count the top MVFC as P5 since they all do very good against P5 schools.

    3. Skunk
      October 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Fresno St is provided a waiver but Boise St is not on the list? Why does the B1G even play this charade? Just include all AAC and MWC programs and be done with it. For the B1G and the SEC to equate Army as a P5 is a joke. Might as well include UMass on the waiver list while they’re at it

      Certainly these P5 conference programs scheduling weak are only trying to get into a mid/low tier bowl game, nothing more. However, the playoff and bowl committee’s should amend their rules to oppose any program with a weak OOC schedule from playing in one of the New Years Six Bowls.

      • David Stroud
        October 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

        I would throw in North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Eastern Washington, Northern Iowa, McNeese State, Central Arkansas, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, UTEP, UTSA (have played close games with P5 schools), Houston, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Marshall, La. Tech, Southern Miss., Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Jacksonville State, South Alabama, East Carolina, Old Dominion, UMASS. (almost beat South Carolina today), Youngstown State, James Madison, Richmond, Towson, etc. Etc. I would count Portland State in once and a while like last year when they beat Oregon State, and wiped out North Texas with a large margin of victory.

    4. Skunk
      October 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Minnesota could have setup a home-and-home with Arkansas or some other P5 program. I don;t see USF on the waiver list. However Wisconsin and Illinois is playing USF without any P5 programs on their respective schedules (2017-19).

      But I suppose if Iowa gets to consider Iowa St as a P5 program every season then all the AAC and MWC programs should be considered similarly.

    5. Bama Bobblehead (@BamaBobblehead)
      October 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Remember this when Bama plays Fresno next season and Big Ten fans try to degrade Bama’s schedule.

      • Day
        October 21, 2016 at 11:33 am

        Not anymore, No State is considered a BIG DOG now by the BIG.

      • Grantland
        October 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

        Alabama is also playing Mercer next season, and there is a pretty big difference between comparing Minnesota’s schedule and a top Big Ten team like Michigan’s schedule to Alabama

      • Day
        October 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm

        Bama is also not building up Mercer into being something they are not, like a P5 team. You can compare Bama & MIchigan schedule all you like, Bama also has FSU, Colorado St & No State & in no way shape or form is Bama calling the Colorado St or No State games a P5 competition level grade.

      • wes
        October 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        If you are putting Alabama and Minnesota on the same level, let’s not hear how tough the SEC is.

      • Buckeyetilidie
        October 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm

        When was Bama’s last OOC away game?

      • Kevin Kelley
        October 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm

        At Penn State in 2011.

      • Day
        October 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm

        Well, Technically. I could say Bama’s last OOC away game was in Dallas where they won 52-6 over USC. So are we considering the Trojans as a cupcake team too? Hell, W.Kentucky put up more of a fight.

    6. Day
      October 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Basically the BIG is picking & choosing who the P5 teams are that play against the BIG, when the SEC added Army they got bashed for it. This makes no sense, so the BIG is only picking UCONN, Cincinnati, No State, Air Force & Navy because they have games against them. I don’t have a problem with adding the service academies or independents but how do you add only certain teams from smaller conferences to P5? That would be like SEC adding W.Kentucky as a P5. Btw, SEC added Army as a P5 & have no games scheduled against at all. There are some FCS teams that are stronger then UCONN, Army & Cincinnati.

      • moeman
        October 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        While I agree it shouldn’t be willy nilly, and some of their teams are questionable as snot, there are some exceptions I’m okay with. With due respect for the service academies and to honor the players choosing to go there, I feel there should be something to encourage schools to schedule them. These young men aren’t going to be able to go pro (not in football at least) when playing for a school. That alone is a sacrifice for those players, so I feel it’s great conferences are making exemptions for them, regardless of conference affiliation.

        Notre Dame is the obvious one, but BYU, considering they’ve won a national championship, have been fairly consistent throughout their history, and their exclusion from a conference has as much to do with their “no sunday” sports standards as anything should warrant them as a place amongst schools considered as “tough” competition.

        Some of these others……..What the snot? How is it Boise isn’t on any of these lists yet UConn is? This is where I’d like to see a little more transparency to why conferences are choosing which schools. As Boise is the only non-power 5 that has a winning record against power 5 the last ten years (maybe BYU?? but we already covered them) where is the justification to some of these? Old rivalries? Close Proximity? Pressure from state legislature to play more in-state games? Maybe something like that, but why shouldn’t those things be covered with THE OTHER TWO TO THREE NON CONFERENCE GAMES!!

        Or here’s a novel idea, how about just have a requirement that at the time you fill up that years schedule, the total W/L margin of all OOC teams is at .400 or above with no more then one FCS school and no back to back years against any FCS programs. This way you loosen up the scheduling, don’t have to make exemptions, and someone isn’t caught sandbagging against the bottom of the other P5 schools anyhow. You can schedule Vandy and UConn in a single year, sure, but if Houston or Boise isn’t on the schedule, you aren’t getting to .400.

        I know…..too simple yet too complex at the same time for the likes of educational elitist snobs.

      • North Dakota State
        October 21, 2016 at 6:49 pm

        There are about 20 FCS teams with a higher sagarin rating than Fresno St… And to answer the question, NDSU has a 5-0 record against power 5 opponents since 2010.
        6-0 vs FBS since 2010. 9-3 vs. FBS since about 2003.

        My point in bringing this up is the quality of the opponent needs to be considered vs. the label they play under. Same for Boise.

    7. Shep
      October 21, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Not a good look B1G, not a good look.

    8. OhioGuy313
      October 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

      This article is misleading. The “excepted list” is not a permanent exception for all time, it is a list of teams who were counted as an exception because they were already scheduled by teams before this rule came about.

      Fresno State counts for 2019 for Minnesota, not for anyone in the conference for the rest of all time. The way you’ve written it, it looks like you don’t understand the meaning of “case-by-case” at all.

      • Kevin Kelley
        October 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        I completely understand case-by-case. So if Wisconsin comes along and wants to schedule Fresno State and count them as a P5, is the B1G going to say no? That would cause some bad blood between the teams and the conference.

        And yes, Fresno State was already scheduled (by one month). But Minnesota just added Georgia Southern this week. They could have added a real P5 team for a home-and-home and played the return game any time. Why didn’t they do that?

      • Day
        October 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

        The BIG might as well add West Michigan was a P5 team too since they beat Northwestern & Illinois.

    9. Travis B
      October 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Come on B10, this is a bit ridiculous, coming from a B10 fan…

      • Grantland
        October 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        Still better than the SEC who lets teams play FCS games and has 1 less conference game

      • Day
        October 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        BIG is still playing FCS games & how many BIG teams have been beat by FCS teams this year? SEC, none! One less conference game has nothing to do with, there are many FCS teams out there that can beat FBS bottom feeders or even a top feeder like Iowa. Not bashing the BIG, just a correction.

      • Joe
        October 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        Unlike Ohio State, teams in the SEC don’t get their cupcakes on the conference schedule.

      • Day
        October 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        True, seeing that Vandy just upset Georgia & the week before Kentucky beat Vandy, it is not easy.

    10. lost in Va.
      October 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Big 10 should label N. Dakota St. as a “P5” OOC opponent….

    11. Rich
      October 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Jim Delany is a power hungry idiot to wants to slash and burn the entire college football landscape. Screw the big 10.

      • JackStriker
        October 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        No Cupcakes in the SEC…..

        Miss State – South Alabama – L
        BYU – L
        UMass – 12 Point W

        Ole Miss – Bitch Slapped Vs. 2 Loss Florida State

        Arkie- W 21-20 over Skip Holtz led La. Tech

        Mizzou – 26-11 L to WVU
        – L Middle Tennessee State

        South Carolina – 6 point W over 1-6 UMass
        – 13 point loss to Miss State

        Vandy – 31 Point Loss to G. Tech
        – 1 point win over Western Kentucky
        – 3 point Loss to South Carolina

        Kentucky – Loss – Southern Miss

        Florida – W – Southern Miss. 24-7
        – W – Vandy – 13-6

      • Joe
        October 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        Look, if the SEC was easy, it would be called your mom.

        It’s still the best conference in the nation. No losses to the FCS. Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Florida would dominate any other conference. Mississippi State, Vandy, and Missouri would be near the top.

      • Travis B
        October 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        LOL! You should become a comedian. It would be a good fit. I appreciate the constant humor though!

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    Minnesota to host Georgia Southern in 2019

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    1. West Fargo Gopher
      October 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Minnesota Non Conference schedule is complete for 2019. Aren’t Gophers required to schedule a power 5 non conference team in Big ten? Can we expect them to move of buyout a game?

      • Kevin Kelley
        October 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

        Who knows, their official release says their schedule is “complete.” Maybe the B1G will take the game at Fresno State as an exception. They are also not supposed to play FCS teams, but South Dakota State was already scheduled.

    2. West Fargo Gopher
      October 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you Kevin. We will see I guess. I know we also don’t have a Power 5 team scheduled in 2018. All 3 of those games were booked before the schedule requirements.

    3. Josh
      October 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Why do teams continue to schedule Georgia Southern? That is a team that P5 teams should never schedule. You’re asking for a loss if not at least cracked knees on Sunday.

    4. Cory
      October 20, 2016 at 3:03 am

      The following B1G programs do not have an OOC game scheduled against a P5 program in 2019.
      Minnesota @Fresno St
      Wisconsin @USF
      Indiana Conn
      Illinois @Conn

    5. Nic
      October 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Cory. I know the Big Ten counts UConn and Cincinnati as a P5 even though they are not. Kind of silly. I have no clue about Wisconsin. It looks as though they filled their schedule after the mandate just like the Gophers did.. Maybe is more of something the B1G wants teams to do but not a requirement? I don’t know…

    6. Nic
      October 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Star Tribune got the answer:

      As far as the scheduling of Fresno State – this is from Joe C in the Strib:

      The Big Ten has mandated that members schedule one Power Five nonconference foe per season. Oregon State checks that box for the Gophers in 2017. And the Big Ten has made an exception for independents such as BYU and Notre Dame and certain members of the American Athletic Conference and Mountain West, including Fresno State.

      “Otherwise we wouldn’t have done that,” Claeys said. “[The Big Ten] has to approve it.”

      So, that explains why Fresno State is on the schedule instead of a “Power 5” team.

    7. Buttface Johnson
      October 21, 2016 at 3:38 am

      The Eagles will stomp you. Bet.
      Peace, love, and GATA.

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    Clear Your Schedule 2016 | Week 7

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    1. Josh
      October 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Would not have guessed Southern Miss-LA Tech as the 2nd most played C-USA series. Especially with LA Tech being somewhat of a vagabond concerning conference affiliation for a while.

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    1. Mike
      October 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Pres McKinley was shot on Sept 6th and died Sept 14th. Doesn’t affect the game, but wouldn’t have if it was in Oct. Weird!

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