In 2009, Georgia fans are lucky in this regard, but as the Wiz points out, there’s a pathetic trend that’s developed with regard to the opening week schedule in D-1 football.
… The reality is that Week 1 is full of laughable matchups involving Division I-A teams chalking up easy victories against I-AA opponents. How bad is Week 1? According to data provided by Marty Couvillon of cfbstats.com, 38 of the 74 games (51.4%) involve I-A teams playing a I-AA opponent. It’s likely the highest number and percentage of such games in a week’s schedule since the NCAA adopted the divisional setup in 1978.
It’s the start of a new season, so I’m sure there’s an attitude among ADs that any college football action gets us going this time of the year. But over half of the games against lower division schools? That’s beyond lame.