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
Sissy Tennessee playing MORE sissy schools. WHAT A HOOT.
Probably ought to put an asterisk by the Florida/LSU game – “if played”.
It’s sad the Vanderbilt schedules a harder non-conference schedule than the most of its conference. This includes the entire SEC West.
The entire SEC West is almost an NFL Division Mav. Maybe Alabama should schedule the Cowboys and LSU could play the Texans.
Maverick you hate on Ole Miss when they schedule a Power 5 and praise Vanderbilt when they don’t. Wow!
Ole Miss – 2016 v.Florida St, 2017 @ Cal , 2018 v.Texas tech, 2019 v Cal, 2020 v Baylor
Exactly! Ole Miss plays 1 non-conference power 5 game each year. Just one! It’s embarrassing. There should be no reason why a team that has less than a .500 record in conference play should be playing in a bowl game. NONE! Instead, their coach should be fired. In the SEC, if you go 2-6 in conference play, you can still go to a bowl game by going 4-0 against the likes of Alcorn State, UL-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi and Coastal Carolina. Disgusting!
Once there is polarity in college football, people will stop complaining.
Once there is ***LESS*** polarity…
Look at Vandy’s schedules those years, dumb dumb. Notice how they already have the 1 required non conference Power 5 game. Still, it’s not enough. We want a minimum total of 10 power 5 games. Until there isn’t polarity and balance, we won’t stop complaining.
2020 Vandy Non-Conference Schedule:
09/05 – Mercer
09/19 – at Kansas State
09/26 – Colorado State
2021 Vandy Non-Conference Schedule
09/04 – ETSU
09/11 – at Colorado State
09/18 – Stanford
10/02 – Houston
You can complain until your head explodes. I don’t think it will change anything.
” we won’t stop complaining”
Who is we? Do you mean you? I disagree, I think Vandy has done a fine job scheduling OOC being they’re Vandy. They also added Ga. Tech, WF, NCST & Purdue, not bad.
That’s my point. Vandy has a harder schedule than most of the SEC. It’s embarrassing.
No it is not your point, here is the full sentence:
“Still, it’s not enough. We want a minimum total of 10 power 5 games. Until there isn’t polarity and balance, we won’t stop complaining.”
That’s my point, you complain even when little Vandy has a good schedule & mention how it’s not good enough.
You can make multiple points.
1.) Vandy has a tougher OOC schedule than most of the SEC.
2.) The SEC has the weakest OOC schedule by far.
3.) The SEC takes advantage of a loophole in college football to play the easiest path to the CFP.
4.) You play 8 conference games. Everyone but the ACC plays 9.
5.) As such, because you have 14 teams, you will most likely have an extra 7 wins added to your conference. Example; instead of LSU playing South Carolina, LSU instead plays Troy. That’s all but certain a guaranteed win.
6.) Your newly required Power 5 game is half the time at a “neutral” site down south.
7.) You think Arkansas is good when they lost to Toledo and Texas Tech last year.
8.) The year Mizzou won the SEC East, they lost to 0-8 Indiana.
9.) The SEC EAST has by far a way harder schedule than the SEC West. It’s not even close. The SEC East always tries to play 10 Power 5 games compared to the SEC West that play the easiest possible OOC schedule.
10.) Not all FBS wins should be equal, but beating Troy is the same as beating LSU.
11.) Now, individually speaking, I understand why certain teams know their team is great. Having gone 7-1 in the SEC is a great feat no doubt. However, because they play 1 less conference game and the easiest non-conference schedule, their conference has at least 1 extra win each year. Because of this, the ESPN SoS makes it look like the SEC has the toughest SoS (Strength of Schedule).
12.) Alabama would have been in the CFP regardless. They are the undisputed champs and a great team over the years.
13.) I’ve heard all of your arguments. They don’t hold up.
14.) SEC coaches will fight with vigor not to have 1 more conference games (like they’ve always done from when they play 6 conference games, 7 conference games, and now 8)
15.) We would know the SEC is the greatest conference if they played an equal schedule with the other Power 5 teams and then beat the shit out of the other conferences in the bowl games. Unfortunately, the match-ups will continue to be off.
16.) Unfortunately, none of this will make any difference to you, despite the writing being on the wall.
This is a cute article, I would’ve kept out A&M vs UTSA since this is their 1st ever meeting.
If you watched the 2014 Georgia Southern @ Georgia Tech game or better yet, if you attended the game, then you would know the ACC referees took the game out of the players hands with a terrible reversal of an ON THE FIELD call (requires indisputable evidence…it’s still being disputed). Georgia Southern was the better team that day and still has the more dynamic roster. Thank you Paul Johnson and the Tech AD for not being scared (UGAg) and rescheduling the Eagles…GS won’t leave it in question this go around. It would be great for the state if GS and Tech continued to schedule a game (maybe a H&H once Paulson Stadium is expanded to 30k) every other year. Athletically, as of late, the two schools are closer to peers than big brother-little brother.
Georgia has played Georgia Southern six times since 1992, Georgia Tech only once. I don’t think Georgia is scared of GS.
Interesting that 5 of those 6 times were when Georgia Southern had 63 scholarships. The 6th game was a carry over from GS’s FCS days and Georgia elected to move the game from 2016 to 2015 probably because they didn’t want an additional year of FBS recruiting for GS. Georgia was gifted that win last year and every dawg fan knows it. For both parties, it is understood that Georgia no longer wants any part in scheduling GS and frankly that’s fine by me.
Don’t worry Kevin Kelly, that’s just GS non-sense talk. They told GSU that they’d never beat GS – but in the just the second meeting (last year) GSU gave them their worst defeat in the history of Paulson High School County Stadium, The glory days of GS are behind them. The newsflash to GS is that they are the #4 team in the state of Georgia and they think that they are #1.
Georgia Tech got up big in that game and then let up and allowed Georgia Southern back in, the Eagles were far from the better team that day.
Georgia Southern’s coach was on his way out and focused on a million dollar salary…way to go. How’d that bowl game work out for the mighty Panthers? Let’s compare some numbers for a minute…17-53 (129th in FBS) vs. 375-200-10 (14th in FBS)…0 D1 National Championships vs. 6 D1 National Championships (most all-time)…0 D1 Conference Titles vs. 11 D1 Conference Titles. WHEW! I can certainly understand why a Panther fan (those exist?) would cling like hell to that win against Georgia Southern! Run along now, let us men get back to it.
GS has never beat UGA – GS has never beat GT – GS is 50/50 against GSU.
So your excuse is that GS got pounded at home by GSU cause your coach was dreaming about a real job? Really? That’s all it took for the mighty Beagles to lose at home? A coach’s daydream? All that tripe that GS spews about GSU and you got pounded in just the second effing year by a five year old football team? Fact is that Richt got fired because he almost lost to GS so that should tell you about how little respect there is for the GS product. So maybe GS needs to realize that they may start to fall behind KSU or Mercer. You guys have such an incredible false sense of entitlement from all those Pee-Wee league trophies. Probably ought to go on back to FCS Pee-Wee league! How about that Capt GAyTAy?
The Real GSU has played UGA and GT once with equal scholarships. Do you understand that having 22 less scholarships is a disadvantage? Once the playing field was made even, the Real GSU lost by a combined 10 points in their first outings with 85 scholarships. Again, I appreciate GT rescheduling the Real GSU unlike UGAg (I bet you’re a UGAg fan before a GAy St fan). Do you understand that when a head coach does not prep their team for a game that the team is unprepared? Big concepts here. Do you have any facts or just opinions? Richt was on the hot seat at the start of that season and the season before that…try to keep up. The fact that you recognize KSU and Mercer says a lot about where you view GAy St. Pee-Wee trophies…you’re talking about Division 1 National Championships. Do you understand that prior to the College Football Playoff, the FCS Playoff was the highest form of a college football playoff in existence? Oh but computers picking two teams worked out every time. The Real GSU should go back to FCS? You mean the Real GSU with the 18-7 FBS record (.720)? How about GAy St with the 7-30 FBS record (.189). This is too easy man, c’mon. (A) Why would GAy St field a football team and (B) why would ANYONE be a fan???? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!
Southern has never beaten Georgia and never will.
what about the Brigham Young-Utah State game or the Notre Dame-Navy game?
Neither BYU nor USU are a Power 5. And Notre Dame and Navy aren’t in the same state.
Matt probably meant to say the BYU-Utah game. Utah is a P5, but BYU is not. The summary would read something like this:
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 5:30pm MT
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
All-Time Series Leader: Utah, 58-34-4 (62.5%)
Last-Five: Utah, 5-0 (100%)
Utah has dominated its little brother, BYU, over the last 13 meetings (10-3, 77%). And they will certainly do so again this fall.
how would BYU qualify as a “Big” brother?
Bill, Utah would be the big brother
Someone asked that on Twitter, FBSchedules replied “BYU generally considered P5 so not included.”
BYU fits the P5 requirement for scheduling for most if not all conferences. The SEC looks at BYU as a P5…last time I checked the SEC is the premier program in College Football.
good article ….but i would say Georgia Southern has a much better chance of beating Georgia Tech than many of the games you have ranked as more likely. I don’t think very many people would be surprised is Georgia Southern wins that game.
Utah had to be invited to a conference to be considered P5. BYU did it on their own.
BYU is considered by some to be a P5 “for scheduling purposes.” But we’re not actually a P5, since we don’t belong to a P5 conference. That’s why it’s so important for us to get into the Big XII…the fate and viability of our football program rests on it. If we don’t get in and become an actual P5, our future looks no better than that of New Mexico State.
By that thinking, Toledo would also be considered a Power 5 Power Team, since it can beat 1/2 or more of teams from Power 5 Conferences…
Little brother = going on every web site possible to talk about how Utah should really be a big brother
I think ECU is NC State’s big brother when it comes to football.
ECU has not only won 3 out of 5, but 9 out of the last 15.
Go Pirates! Argh!
What about Penn State vs Pitt this year?
Pitt is P5.
PSU is B1G/Power 5 also
I don’t think many Ohio State fans see any MAC schools as “little brother.” The only school that would make sense to have that designation would be U of Cincinnati.
Toledo, Ohio and BGSU, Ohio are both vastly better than Cincinnati, Ohio !!! As is Ohio Bobcats
Glad to see this kind or scheduling by the Wolfpack! Improves the schedule. Shame it isn’t until 2018 – 22028! Would like to see this from 2017!
The UConn games could be affected by potential ACC expansion. If they and Cincinnati are added to the ACC soon, not sure if NCSU and UConn keep the non-conference series though they would be in separate football divisions.