So two FCS teams in 2020 for LSU?
The Idaho game has been canceled per The Advocate.
3 straight SEC West road games for Auburn…@ LSU, @ Arkansas & @Texas A&M. That’s harsh
I would guess CBS starts out 2017 in either Atlanta or Arlington but ESPN sure would love both of them
I hope abc takes florida vs Michigan
LSU would have been better off hosting a Sam Houston St. or a Jacksonville St….more competitive game, guarantee would have needed to be only $500K.
If LSU added Sam Houston St (which they beat 56-0 two years), at least one person would come on here & complain about them playing an FCS school, at least Idaho is a FBS but of course the hate will still hit.
Idaho may be in the Big Sky by then and the contract fee reduced.
Actually it looks like Rob Spear is setting up flexibility in his scheduling, so that Idaho can play Indy for a a few years after 2017, given the SBC is very likely to not extend them past that when they vote in march
Contract states that both teams have to be D-1A (FBS) at the time of the game and at least 24 months prior or they cancel without penalty.
Don’t worry. They’ll schedule an FCS game for this year soon enough.
Kevin, thanks for that info. That is an interesting caveat, and I would expect the Florida, Indiana and Penn State contracts contain similar language. All those TBA dates likely means those are contracts that can be cancelled without penalty as well. This tells me there is almost no risk exposure for Idaho should they drop down to FCS. And that tells me it will happen once the Sun Belt does not extend their associate membership in football. Maybe 2018 is transition, but they’ll drop down by 2019 IMO.
LSU should have scheduled Tulane.
why does anyone schedule Idaho anymore?
The Sun Belt will keep Idaho along until there arises an alternative to stay at 12 teams. Even then, Idaho isn’t going anywhere, because EKU still has some work to do to, James Madison needs to percolate longer, and holding noses to take Liberty is at least ten years away. There’s also the “insurance” Idaho provides now for the Sun Belt in the event another conference raid happens. C-USA will certainly hold now at 14, and if they lose two would be fine at 12 and not dip into SBC. But, if C-USA gets raided again, they’ll raid the SBC again. Frankly, Idaho wasn’t gawd-awful this year, and the Other Petrino has them on a positive track. If they can finish between 4-8 and 6-6, they’re better than Troy.
David, I don’t think so. Only 3 schools need to object to Idaho, and those credible are saying the opposition is much greater than that.
The big picture is the SBC is looking at Idaho long term. And the consensus is Idaho is definitely not in the long term picture. It’s hard to see a “come on guys let me hang around you for another couple years … think of us as insurance” pitch winning over anyone. Its a business, you cut loose the appendages and build on your core. How Idaho does on the field in any given year s trivial, and barely impacts the decision process.
A big fallacy Idaho fans are making is the assumption the SBC will have CCG anytime soon. There simply is no money to cover the expense of such a game. It’s not the Big 12 with Jerry Jones offering his stadium and networks throwing out $20-25m figures for a game. This is the SBC, a conference with barely $100K in media revenue per school. You are looking at a top seed home game on short notice with only a minimal TV deal; its a recipe for losing money. And even if the SBC were to hold such a game they would not want a short timer school in the mix for that game.
Good financial points, Stuart. I think it still comes back to planning ahead for 2019 or whichever year it is that the XII can get broken apart again… another cascade effect where C-USA comes and takes the Sun Belt’s best teams would be catastrophic. Under a worst-case scenario, they’d be in danger of falling below 8 teams.
A Sun Belt championship game isn’t such a terrible idea though. If played as C-USA does, at the higher team’s home (or at least with them having first option, with the option to let it go to the other team), isn’t implausible. Alternatively, having the game in Mobile is another option.
Vandals by two scores.
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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