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Took a long time for the So Caro St game to be announced official. Appears five more programs (UCF, West Mich, Buffalo, Mid Tenn, and Marshall) still need to schedule a 2016 FCS game.
Boise St, Nevada, New Mexico and UNLV could add an additional game (Hawaii exemption).
Coastal Carolina appears to be in need of a game against FBS program. The same for Eastern Illinois, SUNY-Albany, Ark-Pine Bluff, and Bucknell. And most of the NEC might want a chance at a payday game with FBS program.
The NEC is non-scholarship so they don’t count toward bowl eligibility. It’s not unheard of but it’s very rare for FBS teams to schedule them. I’m not sure on Bucknell having enough scholarships to count, either.
WMU has NC Central.
The NEC has scholarships, but not all schools provide enough. Same with some MEAC schools. But, there’s creative accounting to get around it. Google “Wagner exception vs. Syracuse.”
Interesting to see Montana and Sam Houston State are the only full scholarship FCS programs which elected to not play a payday game against a FBS program in 2016.
Sam was supposed to play at New Mexico but the game got canceled (not sure if it had something to do with SHSU winner there in 2011)
Will these be the last four games for the 2016 season to be announced?
UCF vs. Coastal Carolina
Buffalo vs. SUNY-Albany
Marshall vs. Eastern Illinois
Mid Tenn vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
It would be so much better if UCF played Marshall and MTSU played Buffalo
It would also be better if the SEC West scheduled either 2 power 5 non-conference games or 9 conference games.
I truly do believe you loose sleep over the SEC west scheduling.
UCF already has TWO P5 programs on their schedule. It’s a rebuilding year for UCF (along with a coaching change). Best if UCF adds a weaker FCS program to their schedule. Maybe SUNY-Albany or Ark-PB would be best for UCF.
Marshall already has TWO P5 programs on their schedule. To provide more balance need to add a weaker FCS program to their schedule.
Everyone plays an FCS opponent in 2016…except for USC, Stanford, UCLA, Cal, Ohio St, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn St, Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisville, Boise St, Notre Dame, FIU, Appalachian St, and New Mexico St.
And Army gets TWO!
UCF opens vs. South Carolina State. We missed that announcement from last year.
Wow, South Carolina St also has Clemson and Louis Tech. So three games vs FBS.
Albany is already confirmed against Buffalo (FBS) again in 2016. They also played in 2015. It’s 2017 that Albany is looking for a FBS game.
Mercer Univ playing the Crimson Tide! Tickets for this match must be going fast. Better buy a year ahead.
Truly impressive scheduling here.
Woah!!!! BIG TIME SEC SCHEDULING! LSU is really going for world class non conference games. I can hear ESPN’s pundits speaking, “LSU is the number 1 team in the land. They just won 4 non-conference games, and only one was close against Miami.”
LSU’s last OOC game was a close one too wasn’t it…
Oh yeah! 3-9 Syracuse!!! Big time opponent.
Maverick, who do you cheer for?
Your response is the typical Special Ed Conf fan who can’t defend the SEC absolute garbage OOC scheduling.
Schoup, special ed? Get a life man and grow the hell up. The South is not stupid and comments like yours shows that maybe you are!
When you play in the toughest conference, you dont need tough OOC games; fairly simple logic.
I hope this is sarcasm.
8 conference games compared to 9 conference games in a 14 team conference means 7 of those teams will have 1 less loss (if that 4th OOC game is against a nobody team that the SEC always plays). If you played 9 games, some of your teams would have more losses and show that your conference is more on par with the other conferences than you’d like to admit.
So your saying the SEC plays 4th OOC game that is a nobody? Please provide me with a FBS team out there that does not play (in your words) a “nobody team”? Your basically looking the for the SEC to go to 9 conferences games so they can have more loses, now I get it. The last time I checked the power 5 conferences seemed pretty even to to me in the bowl games, they all went to big time bowls, not just the SEC. Last year you & others luv to blame the OOC for the SEC not doing so well in the bowls, this year the SEC is 8-2 in bowls, NOTHING HAS CHANGED! The SEC is on par with the other conferences, once again, it all balances out in the end, the end it is the part you don’t seem to get.
Dude, it doesn’t balance out. The SEC plays the least amount of Power 5 games. It has been proven with facts over and over and over again.
No one is taking away from the accomplishments of the SEC. We are simply stating that the SEC continues to play the least amount of Power 5 games. Your “argument” that the SEC plays 8 games in the toughest conference doesn’t mean that they are excused from playing a weak non schedule and 4 games as such. If you were as great as you say you are, you would play at least 10 Power 5 games.
How does this not make sense?
You think Clemson wants to play an SEC non conference game and wreck their perfect season before the championship game? You think they would be in the discussion if they played a couple SEC teams as non conerence games and lost?
LSU WILL NOT SCHEDULE IN STATE, FORMER SEC RIVAL TULANE BECAUSE LSU KNOWS TULANE WILL BE WINNING TEN TO 11 GAMES PER YEAR WITH COACH FRITZ.
Willie Fritz may do very well at Tulane but that has nothing to do with the rivalry with LSU, they cancelled it back in 09′ when it was announced that LSU would pay Tulane $700,000 to void the final six years of the home-and-home series. LSU held that it would benefit if the remaining games were all played in Baton Rouge. Not wanting to give up its home games, Tulane agreed to end the series early, though the teams did agree to play one future game in New Orleans. LSU also has won the last 18 in a row against the Green Wave, don’t think they are that worried about it.
I was at Sam Houston State when Fritz brought the program to national prominence, the man is a winner.
For you bunch of SEC haters count up the number of bowl games won by the SEC. I will count for you illiterate retards –8,-2
What does ooc have to do with how good you are?
schoup and Maverick, man up who do you cheer for?
Bowl games have nothing to do with this!!!! We only care about everyone playing similar schedules. That means 9 conference games and at least 1 Power 5 non-conference game. OR, you should play 8 conference games and 2 Power 5 non-conference games. No matter what, everyone should play equal amount of Power 5 games if you are in the Power 5 conferences. Otherwise, you have a clear leg up on other teams.
Mav the only thing I can say is last year when the SEC went 7-5 in Bowls they mattered. Now that the SEC is 8-2 the Bowls and they don’t matter. It has to be the same each year brother. Not saying you said this but I’ve heard many Big 10 (14) can’t count fans say this over the past 2 seasons. When the SEC does well “bowls games are exhibitions”. Let the SEC rule and “bowl games are meaningless”. Please decide the rule and apply it every year
by the way pulling for Clemson,,,my love for the SEC ends when it come to the Crimson Tide
Nawlpete you finished 3-9 this season and 2-6 in bowl games.
So there is going to be a Miracle in Bayou this fall.
The sec dont have to go ooc to play a great team. Almost ever week they play a top 25 team just in conference games. No other conference can say that. Thats why they have to play top teams to even have a chance to make the playoffs. #sec.haters
Lame. Add BYU to a home and home.
BYU is a threat. They beat Texas multiple years and other B12 and P12 schools. They beat Nebraska this year and UCLA squeaked by them.
It can’t hurt to play out of conference games for non starters to get some experience
Another game to pay athletic schedule budget for a team that does not have talent of Clemson if Clemson gets by Florida state and Syracuse they go undefeated
Another gimme game to benefit lesser talented sad for money for their athletic program Clemson players will pad their statistics