Fresno couldn’t get a 2 for 1?? Would of been nice to get 1 home game in deal.
What the hell has happened to Fresno scheduling? They have a big enough stadium, with decent fan support. Why can’t they get any big opponents to play in Fresno anymore? This feels like it should have been a 2-for-1 deal. USC wouldn’t have to travel far to Fresno, plus they get two home games. Crazy.
Fresno basically just cut the same deal for themselves that UC Davis could have made with USC.
Discouraging. The have not couldn’t even get a 4 for 1? 3 for none is awful.
a 2 for 1 would have been nice…..maybe Fresno is getting at least $1M ea for all 3 games.
That 2005 game is one of my all-time favorites
I’m guessing Fresno isn’t making much off home games anymore, so they need buy games to make money. They have one scheduled each of the next 8 seasons and they’ve all been scheduled recently.
Fresno makes more money riding the bus to Los Angeles than they can make at home, averaging 30,000 per game with over 11,000 empty seats. The Fresno glory days are behind with no sign that they will return. The new slogan should be, “Any check, any where-I’m losing my ass and need the money.”
But that game would be a guaranteed sellout if they brought USC to town, even if USC fans made up the remainder of the tickets. Plus you could charge more.
A shame they couldn’t get a home game out of that. Sad state for the FSU football team.
I’d love to see an NCAA rule limiting teams to 7 home games, (and only 6 home games if a neutral game is played). P5 home game scheduling is out of control.
Better not let the Wolverines or Fighting Irish hear you say that
No kidding. Notre Dame plays only three true road games this year. It’s absolutely absurd that the NCAA allows that.
The Tulane Green Wave needs the money and the exposure, too. Tulane also needs to renew its Rose Bowl rivalry with USC with a 4 game 2 & 2 series. Do it Dickson.
Love USC — how about adding Michigan, Baylor or TCU as a non-conference game?
As a college football fan, I understand why they did this, to compete with the weak OOC slates like every other conference.
As a Trojan, I am disgusted with this is and any other weak scheduling with bad Power 5 teams. USC’s rule is that we will play “anywhere, anytime.” In addition to ND and (Alabama, Texas and BYU). I want to see a third game against a average/weaker Power 5 or Upper Tier Group of 5 team. Definitely a team that can expand USC to certain states for recruiting such as Cincinnati, Houston, Tulane, UCF, USF… For a weaker Power 5 in fertile recruiting area, think NC State/Virginia/Syracuse, Miss St/Kentucky, Texas Tech, Rutgers/Maryland.
SC played a neutral site game against Syracuse at Met Life stadium a few years ago & did a home & away with Virginia as well. I agree with a game against Cincy say at Bengals stadium or USF/UCF at Dolphins stadium would be cool. Try something different like that to schedule a game using a nearby NFL stadium like playing Mizzou at the Rams stadium.
That’s the point I was making. Our worst game needs to be some teams’ best game.
Please don’t start writing articles like this. Stick to scheduling.
Whenever there is scheduling news, Kevin, Amy and the gang cover it. This is reasonable content for a slow week.
Thanks for the great article Amy,
Agreed,enjoyed this quite a bit.
My only question is why Georgia Tech is not considered here.
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.
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.
I would find a bottom ranked list interesting as well.
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.
If you have another slow week, could you expand this to a top 25 list?
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.
No Boston College, No Georgia Tech. I like the premise of the article just don’t agree with all the schools in the article
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.
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:
[Big gap here]
[Another gap here]
8-9. Duke-Virginia (take your pick)
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.
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.
No Michigan? NU is my favorite as my alma mater, but didn’t beat Michigan a top 20 school.
Michigan is ranked (USNWR) 29 – not in the top 25, as per the stated qualifications
Hard to believe neither West Point, Navy, nor Air Force are included in this list of top “brain schools”
You misread the article.
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.
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
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?
Oh, please. The only one of those schools that belongs in a “Brain Bowl” is Stanford.
I root for Stanford, but your comment is laughable.
Great article! How about a Brain Bowl All Star team based on 1st team, 2nd, etc. All-Americans?? Hope to see it here!
Not sure where these academic ranking come from, but of the ranking service MOST used in academics, the ARWU, the top 10 ranked universities in the WORLD for 2016 are:
8. Cal Tech
10. University of Chicago
Notre Dame? 201 – 300 (when you’re *that* low, they start grouping by 100’s, lol)
Calling Notre Dame an “academic institution” is just plain embarrassing. The ONLY two FBS schools in the Top 10 of academics are Stanford & Cal.
Shame on Tulane. Their out of touch AD continues to even attempt scheduling “names.” He is a cancer.
Western Michigan University fans welcome this addition to our schedule. We played #4 Michigan State and #1 Ohio State this year.
Too bad that our starting QB Zach Terrell would have graduated by then.
Great job USC, meanwhile Trojan fans complain when an SEC school schedule these teams. Hypo critics
Yeah, dude, these game sucks. I’m embarrassed for them. But at least these games also come during the same seasons we play Notre Dame and Alabama, ND and Texas twice, and ND and BYU, in addition to 9 conference games. Meanwhile SEC schools play 8 conference games and maybe 1 good power 5 neutral site game… Nice try.
I was not trying anything, just stating a fact. You luv to complain when an SEC team schedules these games meanwhile USC does it & you have to use an excuse about (least we are playing Bama, ND & Texas). It does not matter who else USC is playing, just making the point before you complain about what the SEC does, look in the mirror 1st. That’s why I say hypo critic. You can not have it both ways, bashing the SEC while your team does the exact same thing, that’s why I continue to say that ALL TEAMS DO IT. Meanwhile you bash Bama for playing neutral site games & now USC is playing Bama, in a neutral site game, imagine that.
Do you not to see how illogical you sound? USC is playing 11 of 12 power 5 games. And the one non Power 5 game they’re playing are against Group of 5 teams. There is no FCS team.
In 2016, let’s compare Alabama’s schedule vs. USC’s schedule.
Alabama plays 8 conference games (4 home, 4 away), 1 neutral site P5 game, 2 home G5 games, 1 home FCS.
USC plays 9 conference games (4 home, 5 away), 1 neutral site P5 game, 1 home P5 game, 1 home G5 game, 0 FCS.
Comparing Alabama’s schedule to USC’s is a joke. USC has 1 more away game, 2 more P5 games, 0 FCS… USC easily has the hardest schedule in the country. For a team like 2015-16 national champions Alabama not to play a schedule like that is a joke.
How can you not see that?
I was not comparing the scheduling, all conferences are not created equal, we have a difference of opinion, that’s all. It does not bother me that Bama plays in a 8 game conference or that Bama plays 1 FCS & 2 smaller schools.2016 Bama starts with USC & as much as you would like to call them (cupcakes) W.Kentucky just won Con.USA championship & went 12-2, Chattanooga lost in the playoffs in FCS, Kent St is the only team I can not speak for but they are as equal as Utah St is. Just like USC it is extremely hard to get through the season just losing one game or playing for an SEC championship or even a national champion, I understand you think the SEC is a joke but that is your opinion nor will I try to change it but just because you play a in a 9 game conference does not make it harder on you. Good luck to your Trojans next year.
The fact I’m telling you is because the Pac 12 plays 9 games, they will have 6 more losses guaranteed.
Because of that, it makes the conference look weaker than it really is.
If the SEC played 9 games, they would have 7 more losses guaranteed. So instead of playing that, they play a weak Group of 5 team at home. It’s false advertising.
Do you see where I’m coming from?
Once again Bama avoids actually scheduling a home and home with a major opponents b/c they shrivel up when they actually play a real road game out of conference. Btw, USC has in the past and has in the future scheduled home and homes with anyone.
You will not see any big time college schools play true home and home games because of the money generated through the classics…and what makes you think anyone is scared of USC!!!
Georgia just scheduled a home-and-home with Notre Dame.
I respect USC but their past/future home-n-home schedules consist of Boston College, Virginia, Syracuse, Minnesota & the only respectful one is OSU (The Ohio State). If USC agreed to this then why would is it be Bamas fault for the (no) home-n-home series? Is USC not accountable?
Alabama recently played a h-h with Penn State, although PSU was a little down at the time.
Uh, do Florida and FSU (annual HAH), Clemson (HAH’s vs. SC and Georgia), LSU (HAH’s vs. Washington & WVU recently), and Ohio State (HAH vs. Va. Tech and others) not count as “big time college schools?” What about USC’s HAH vs. Notre Dame every year, or Oklahoma’s vs. Tennessee, or Michigan’s vs. Utah? Are none of these “big time college schools,” or is Alabama the only big time college school in America?
@RollTide yeah, especially considering your Crimson & Cream pussed out of a H&H with Michigan State who have deals with Oregon, Arizona State, Miami, Notre Dame, etc.
Is day said dumb? Usc scheduled home and home with auburn when they were the top team in the country and they scheduled with Arkansas. SC truly doesn’t care. Alabama won’t do it with an LA school because last time UCLA beat the brakes off their ass.
Day’ s list of past USC OOC schedules ignored the home and homes with Auburn , Kansas State the yearly game with Notre Dame . What SEC team does this year after year…to my knowledge the only SEC team that will regularly do that sort of thing is LSU..which also proves RollTide’s comments to be incorrect
@Slick Ric: I was not going back 10-14 yrs to a home/n/home with Auburn & Arkansas, I meant recently who USC played home/n/home. I don’t think Bama is afraid to come out to LA & play because of the UCLA game. If that was the case then Bama would of forfeited the BCS game against Texas in 09″.
Every PW5 should have 10 games against PW5 schools. SEC & ACC can be really sneaky by only scheduling 1 PW5 as they are mandated to do so. All PW5 should eliminate FCS forever. Back in the 80s, schools would never schedule like they do. Also, ALL PW5 should have to play 1 true road game out of conference because that’s simply a man’s game.
Example: next year Alabama only plays 4 Away (in conference), 7 Home (4 conference, 3 weak non conference) & 1 Neutral Site ( Wisconsin) – SEC has played this sneaky scheduling to their advantage during the BCS Era (98′-13′) but got exposed in the CFB Playoff.
We can’t go back in time and justify the inequities of the BCS Era but ALL conferences and sneaky teams (Bama & Baylor) can play a MAN’S game and schedule honorably and not like cowards. Spin it anyway you want but if you’re so good you shouldn’t be afraid or scared of think you’re above other teams not to accept the challenge of a Home/Away series against a major PW5 school.
I’d personally like to see FSU vs. Bama (no neutral site please) and see Florida do a Home/Away versus a major PW5 school.
Man up dudes! “Anytime, anywhere” should be all schools non conference scheduling motto not the garbage that we’re sometimes given.
USC has played the SEC on home and home games (Auburn 02′, in 03′ Auburn was ranked #6 and Arkansas 05′, 06′), and it was not pretty for the War Eagle and Razorbacks, so yes they may not scare anyone but they do accept challenges from all regardless of what conference they are from.
“Example: next year Alabama only plays 4 Away (in conference), 7 Home (4 conference, 3 weak non conference) & 1 Neutral Site ( Wisconsin) – SEC has played this sneaky scheduling to their advantage during the BCS Era (98′-13′) but got exposed in the CFB Playoff.”
Are you saying this because Bama lost to Buckeyes? Cause Bama did beat Texas, Notre Dame & LSU in BCS Championship games, were they exposed then? You can find a problem with any team’s scheduling & there are a lot of teams from P5 that play FCS teams. There is nothing wrong with neutral site games, people that complain about the home in home don’t even go to the games. Times have changed since the 80’s & these “coward teams” you mention get payed very well & sometimes win.
Day, the whole point is that Alabama shouldn’t even have been in the NC game against LSU. Also, when they beat Texas, they knocked Colt McCoy out early on in the first quarter. The one championship they truly deserved 100% was beating the crap out of Notre Dame.
Bama is a great team, but the SEC’s ridiculous scheduling is the reason we have the CFP.
Maverick, we have the playoffs cause everybody is whining & crying about the BCS, not because of Alabama’s schedule. Please don’t blame Colt McCoy getting knocked out as a reason Texas lost the game, Bama’s defense was dominate in that game & it is not Bama’s fault the teams lost in front of Alabama in which got them to the game against LSU. I agree Bama may should not have been there but who then, what other team, Bama lost early & rose back up the rankings.
@Day, As long as you agree that they probably shouldn’t have been there, then we’re good. Alabama was still a great CFP worthy team though those years.
The BCS was the worst system. USC from 03-08 was the best team in college football (minus the one season of 2 losses). They should have been in the national championship more than the 2x it was, but because the BCS favored teams with more total wins (when the SEC and former B12 were the only conferences that played National Championship games) and the SEC continued to play doormat OOC games, USC was left out. Smh.
@Maverick, It all balances itself out, you seem to forget that Auburn got left out of the championship game thaks to USC & Oklahoma playing each other, yes they were preseason a head of Auburn but still the BIG 12 & PAC 12 won the game over. It is not the SEC or BIG 12 fault because USC did not make it into more championship games. I’m pretty sure TCU fans are upset this year because they got left out thaks to (primarily) The Ohio State putting up 59 on Wisconsin but those things happen all the time. USC was a dominating force in the 2000’s & will be again.
Day, Auburn was left out of the national title game in 2004 because they had a crap OOC schedule. Playing FCS teams like Citadel doesn’t give a program on the precipice legit argument to play for it all. AU had a terrible bowl game win against VT too. Last but not least, AU’s head to head with USC the two years before didn’t help matters either. OU and SC was the correct matchup that year. In the end it’s about the OOC scheduling. The SEC’ is lacking big time compared to other power 5 programs for HAH.
K, understandable but please keep in mind that Oklahoma & USC were preseason #1 & #2 I don’t think that Auburn could of done anything more to move up the rankings & in front of them. Yes Auburn had a close game with a great Vatech but on the other hand Oklahoma got taken to the woodshed as well by USC.
You, Sir, are a silly little man! And JEALOUS to boot! Roll Tide!
Hope Sam Cunningham isn’t there!
id love for my auburn tigers to get another crack at the mighty trojans. all sec teams seem to be announcing their power 5 opponents in chronological order i wonder if we’ll find out who our mystery opponent is next? im guessing most likely one of these
or Georgia tech
I’d take any of those three. Georgia Tech’s always a good choice since that used to be the annual Wreck Tech rivalry…. AU’s played Clemson plenty in the ol’ Tigers v. Tigers series. But the FSU game… in the 80’s that was a fun regular season game.
Saban said Alabama would be doing one neutral site game a season. So no don’t expect any true ‘away’ games.
How about Alabama vs Oregon in a neutral site game (Glendale) in 2022,
sadly as much as i hate to admit it traditional home and homes are fading away in favor of more neutral site games which is where the money is . college football is becoming too much of a corporate money game eentually the fans themself will be expected to pay money just to tailgate. hell wouldn’t surprise if in the next few years every single college football game goes the way of wwe. tna and mma and becomes a
ppv event where the only way you can watch on tv is by ordering it . trying to be too much like the nfl will be college footballs greatest downfall
yes im in favor of home and home for those wondering
Outstanding! It is about time, I have been waiting for this match up for about 15yrs.
Too bad this game didn’t happen in 2008.
Great to see the matchup, but yet again Saban is scarred to take his team ON THE ROAD versus a Power 5 team. Neutral sites are all right but a home/away is man’s game.
You know with Western Kentucky already on their 2016 slate that the remaining slate will be another Sun Belt school and some lame ass FCS chump.
The playoff committee should not count wins versus an FCS school and should seriously penalize any team that doesn’t play a true road game out of conference.
The SEC did this same tactic during the BCS era to their supreme advantage. Should wins against an FCS school really count as WINS when you’re encorporating and FBS playoff.
Be for real and stop being cowards. Schedule like USC does then you’ll be a real man Mr. SABAN.
its hard for most people to understand the natural advantage held by USC, so let me explain, there are 16 million people in Los Angeles county and all of them want their kids to attend USC, it is the heart and soul of Los Angeles, and in the middle of South Central L.A. and not going anywhere. There are 4 million in the whole state of Alabama.
Untill usc wins another championship or makes it there. Shut the hell up. Whatever the sec is doing with their scheduling is working. Oregon has not made a championship in a while despite the hype. When they did they lost. Usc lost yrs ago the last time. When any of those teams reach the championship again then come on here with this bullcrap. Till then shut up.
Agreed. People always talk trash cuz they teams aint winning. Maybe yall should model after the conference with 6 of the last 7 bcs titles or whatever the numbers are. Quit all this whining and tell your teams to do something about it. Running your mouth doesnt win football games.
Who care where the games at. Im a Trojan fan and its great to see these great teams willing to play each other. Its better on a neutral field. No advantages let the teams play and we watch the war thats going to happen.
I care. I want to attend the game and watch Alabama lose to USC in Los Angeles. Then I want to see us play a rematch on TV and beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa again. Neutral site games are for bowl games and annual rivalries, i.e. Florida-Georgia, Oklahoma-Texas.
Spoken like a true fan, you want a home n home series but are unwilling to attend the game in Tuscaloosa. May be you can make the trip to the Dallas game & (as you want) see USC win, or better yet lose.
How does traveling to a road game make me not a true fan? The point of a home and home is to watch your team at your own home game and watch the away game on TV with your friends. It’s also nice to see two match-ups at each other’s place, as it gives it the college feel. Playing at a neutral site NFL stadium takes away from the college experience. Yes, everyone in the country is excited to see the two best college football programs to restart their prestigious rivalry, but it would be much better if they could play twice, both at USC and at Alabama.
Maverick, how is it a college experience watching it from your living room? You can’t complain about not having a home/n/home then not go to both games, it makes no sense. If you want home/n/home then make sure you go to both games, that what you wanted in the 1st place. NFL stadiums do not take anything away from the college game, sometimes it adds. I think its great USC vs BAMA in one of the nicest stadiums in America at AT&T in Dallas.
Alabama played a home and home and home against penn state in 2010 and 2011. We are gonna kick usc’s asses.
You are delusional.
Alabama sucks. USC is going to demolish them (and the rest of ESPN’s crappy reporting) in Dallas. Enjoy beating up on the Dillon Panthers or some other high school football team.
Hope we can get tickets!
The sec has the hardest schedules every year if you make it through that gauntlet then to hell with these bullshit USC Michigan Norte dame ucla and fsu teams that don’t play anybody all year! Bama and Mr Saban faced auburn ole miss miss state Missouri. Two in the top five and two in the top twelve. And the reason the bcs was so hated is because nobody else could make it and everybody got tired of seeing the sec whoop that ass
Having said all that ROLL TIDE!
The SEC is way overrated. You guys like to bash the Big12….. BUT if the SEC is so good then how can a bottom rung Big12 team (Missouri) and a middle rung Big12 team (Texas A&M) join that league and in the 1st two years they both were playing the final week of the regular season with a chance to play in the SEC championship game? Don’t even waste your time trying to sell me that Miss St, Ole Miss and the likes are actually great teams; yes, once in a blue moon they are good teams.
This is the SEC’s game plan and the media isn’t smart enough or have big enough balls to call them out on it or more likely they are in bed with them (ESPN).
1. Let’s all play weak out of conference HOME games
2. Let’s all be ranked (by stupid media) at 4 and 0 (see #1)
3. Then let’s claim that SEC is so tough; just look at how many ranked teams we have. We must all be good.
I just want to see good football teams play good football teams on the road (it even effects NFL teams). I know your Bama could whoop ass on any NFL team.
By the way if I was a season ticket holder of Bama I would be a little upset to fork out the big bucks to see a scrimmage against the likes of Middle Tenn., Louisiana Monroe and Charleston Southern (nothing against those schools but – come on). It seems as if Louisiana Monroe has joined the SEC with how many teams they play in that conference each year.
L.A. Has 14 million people that’s great Bama has 15 National titles so total all of La teams together and Alabama and auburn’s together tell me who has more All Sec Baby Roll Tode
Mark my words! NO SEC team will ever win CFP. Unless 4 SEC teams ended up in on the top 4 rankings, which by the way is NOT realistic, but you never know what ESPN might break out under their sleeve.
read my name
I truly do luv the “know it all’s” that think they know everything, of course make the dumb comment about ESPN as well, congrats Bama!
It’s fun to see comments on who going to kick who’s ass, like it really means something. Still, Bama vs USC, I can see ghosts of Bear Bryant and John McKay, back in the day. That’s what college football is about and that’s why we play the game. Roll Tide!
No. We are going to kick your ass.
Wow. USC plays Notre Dame every year and play in one of the toughest conferences in college football. There schedule is tough every year.
Really,, Roll Tide Alabama 2015 CFP Champions
Pete Carroll wanted to play Alabama even in Tuscaloosa but the Line went silent. Now he’s gone and Southern Cal has NO established Quarterback. Pete went packing. Bama should never fear losing to USC as old guys recall that Southern Cal went to Tuscaloosa and dominated the Tide 24 – 7 before Bams scored a late TD for a 24 – 14 loss in 1978 and still WON the National Championship. Gimme a break . Also I’d like to know how Bama claims 17 National Championships? At least 2 of them gotten before losing their Bowl Game. Gimme another break and another one. USC claims no bogus trophies with 11 National Championships. Perhaps one of Bama’s Titles was givin’ to them by Floyd the Barber in Mayberry RFD ?. Well surprise surprise. Probably not. NOT ! >>> ’cause I think the gift would be gladly accepted and then Bama claims 18 National Championships.. And now they are calling this One Shot Game THE COWBOYS CLASSIC. Neither the Trojans nor The Crimson Tide can rope a Steer or ride a buckin bronco. OK .I am a WYOMING COWBOYS fan , really am and we claim ZERO National Championships but we certainly know our Rodeo. YAHOOOO
As a Wyoming fan I clearly see you don’t know much about anything you just said, example Pete wanted to play Alabama? When, Bama was not very good when USC was dominating in football & he packed up once he knew what was coming for Trojans & probation. Bama does not claim 17 NC & WTF does Floyd the Barber have to do with anything, why am I even commenting on this statement? One thing is for sure, enjoy your rodeo cause Wyoming will always have ZERO National Championships.