That twelfth game has really made a difference.

This probably won’t shock a single one of you, but there’s a pretty obvious trend that’s developed over the past twenty years in college football –  top-25 teams don’t play each other as much as they used to.  Two reasons for that:

… The primary reason for the decline has been conference expansion. In 1989, 25 teams were independent, including AP final Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and six of the top-25 overall. In 2009, only 3 FBS teams were independent, none of which were ranked. Additionally, there were 94 FBS vs. FCS games played last year, 17 involving AP top-25 teams. Only 50 such games were played in 1989, two by AP top-25 teams.

Translated, that means given a choice between a more competitive non-conference game and the chance to make more money by avoiding home-and-home deals, ADs have chosen the latter more and more frequently.  Like I said, I doubt that’s much of a surprise to anyone.

(h/t Brian Cook)

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4 responses to “That twelfth game has really made a difference.

  1. Bob

    Shocked! Shocked I tell you!”. Next thing you’ll tell me is that coaches salaries have gone up.

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  2. Hobnail_Boot

    Good thing we don’t have to put up with that here at Georgia. We’ve got the Evans Death March, which will make us a national brand.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Maybe somebody needs to explain to our AD that you become a national brand by winning championships, not by being fodder for other teams to celebrate the opening of a new stadium. Why don’t we trade Damon Evans and an assistant AD to be named later to FLA for Jeremy Foley. In fact, give ’em the entire Athletic Department administration straight up for Foley. I’ll pay for the plane tickets out of my own pocket.

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  3. Thomas Brown

    14-game seasons nowadays.

    We’ve had 1 season with more than 11 wins in the Coach Richt Era now starting year 10 with a group of 3 freshmen quarterbacks and 1 redshirt junior who has completed a grand total of 5 completions for 0 touchdowns but 2 interceptions.

    The problem has not been with the games outside the conference, but in The SEC East with UGA losing 3 of the last 4 to the Tennessee vols and losing 3 of the last 4 to the Florida crocodiles.

    10-10 that is our record in The SEC East over the last 4 years.

    Why discuss anything else other than what has led to this horrid showing the last 4 years vs SEC East teams, not allowing us to get on the National Stage beating a Top 10 Final AP Poll team in a bowl game the entire Coach Richt Era.

    14 interceptions the last 4 years average

    21 fumbles the last 4 years average

    # 96 average NCAA Ranking in Penalties last 4 years

    And, now to add insult to injury, we have 3 freshmen quarterbacks and 1 redshirt junior who have combined for 5 completions 2 interceptions and 0 touchdowns.

    God Help Us.

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