Irish gettin’ real?

Buck Belue seems to think so.

Bet that game in South Bend will be a tough ticket to get a hold of.


UPDATE:  It’s on.

Over/under on number of games VanGorder coaches?

Also, maybe I’m guessing wrong, but does it look like Georgia will face Notre Dame and South Carolina on back to back weeks in 2017?


Filed under Georgia Football, Notre Dame's Faint Echoes

35 responses to “Irish gettin’ real?

  1. Not sure about that. Nebraska fans did just fine getting their hands on tickets.

  2. Dog in Fla

    If we can take our The SEC Officiating Krewe to South Bend, I can’t wait to see if the Brian Permatex® High Tack™ Spray-A-Gasket™ Sealant Kelly will hold or blow

  3. charlottedawg

    Please don’t make it a season opener. I hate playing marquee opponents on national tv and losing with a bunch of starters suspended.

  4. Gravidy

    My guess is (if a deal is announced), it will be scheduled ten years from now and then be cancelled well before it happens.

  5. I Wanna Red Cup

    Has McGarrty been kidnapped? What will we do without our traditional Charleston game?

  6. I Wanna Red Cup

    Buck interfviewed Mike Cavan this am and he mentioned a big upcoming announcement in the next day or two about scheduling a quality opponent. No names were mentioned on air.

  7. John Denver is full of shit...

    WARNING: standing and shouting not permitted in South Bend


  8. Hobnail_Boot

    Oregon, Louisville, tOSU..

    This ain’t happening.


    In my opinion, you can thank the playoff for it. They will most certainly look at the OOC schedule if their is a discussion on two different teams.

    And I think it WILL happen…contrary to the naysayers..UGA consistently plays as tough of an OOC as anyone in the Country.

  10. It will. Shoot, the game in Athens will be a tough ticket for some. I’m interested in both of those games myself.

    For the game in Sanford, I’m willing to come out of exile and put up with the obnoxious environment.

    • Dog in Fla

      One can only hope that your emergence from exile will be accompanied by the right go-to songs

      • Thanks, but the songs would have to come from our beloved Redcoat Band. And by 2019, they might not be around, the way things are going.

        In any event, there’s no canned music that I can enjoy, even if they let me select it. I won’t be there to listen to music. I do that all the time, everyday, anyway. When I’m in Sanford, I’m there to watch football and listen to the band. But after Dooley was removed, we started with the music, and I found it distracting, and that it interfered with my concentration and focus on the game, and destroyed the atmosphere for me, whereas the Redcoats playing did not.

        And that was before it got really bad, like it will be now. So after several years of trying to cope with it, I finally had enough. I’m a trained, classical musician, with sports sandwiched in between, and my ears just can’t handle it. I hate most music in public places – same thing.

        My last game was 2006, Matt Stafford’s first start.

        I realize I’m in a minority on the music issue. Probably a considerable minority. But I know what the atmosphere of a big-time college game should be like. And it ain’t what we have now. Just a shame, IMO, because there have been some great atmospheres in Sanford since my first game there in 1958.

        So, it’s sad for all of us that it’s over. And it’s truly sad for the young people and future Dog fans who will never experience that feeling.

        • Macallanlover

          Ivey, you are far from the minority on the music issue. But the minority of the 25 and under group is what McFrugal is targeting. For some reason the declining attendance in CFB has our AD thinking we need to be more NFL like. But like you, I no longer attend home games regularly so I have no voice. I do fear it will be difficult to rekindle the loyalty and traditions once they are abandoned. Band music was always a key ingredient of the college atmosphere, so was less hassle on parking and tailgating. Gone With the Wind though. Staying at home on Saturdays is already attractive, it will get more so.

          Better scheduling would help so I applaud the ND home and home, we need something like this to look forward to every season. Those who wish to give up better regular seasons every year to chase the occasional spot in a playoff deserve to see bad football. The true way to get those limited spots is to earn them on the field, champions don’t need handouts…and I hope the Selection Committee punishes those with weak schedules.

          • Totally agree, Mac. And you’re right about the non-music distractions. The music itself was enough for me, but the things you mention are very annoying in themselves.

            But we won’t go back. And that’s a shame for the college game and for its fans. Georgia fans, especially. The Sanford experience really was something special.

            Gone With The Wind, indeed. ‘Look for it only in books, blogs, and CF magazines, radio and TV talk shows, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Romantic Experience gone with the wind.’

  11. Silver Britches

    Whether this series happens are not depends on how long the SEC stays at 8 games.

  12. sUGArdaddy

    Just shootin’ from the hip, but just thinking down the road because that’s what I do. I’ll be in South Bend, and it’ll be a heck of an environment, but I’m not in favor of these games. 11-1 or 12-0 in the SEC gets you into the tourney, and 10-2 isn’t going to cut it no matter our schedule.

    So, in 2017, when Chubb, Ramsey, and Michel are all seniors (no, I don’t think both Chubb and Michel will be around, but one of them will be). We’ll have some stars aligned there. If Ramsey is not the guy, Park will be a RS Junior. Our schedule will look like this:

    @ Notre Dame
    @ Tennessee
    @ Vandy
    Fla in Jax
    @ Auburn
    @ Tech

    At home, we’ll get:
    South Carolina
    Miss. St.
    & 2 Sleepers

    Terrible home slate that year, and we’ll be hard pressed to make a run against that road schedule. If you come out 4-2 on the road, you’re doing pretty good. 5-1 would be a major accomplishment.

    In 2019, we’re looking at a doozie of a home schedule:

    Notre Dame
    Texas A & M
    South Carolina
    2 sleepers

    We go:
    @ Tennesee
    @ Vandy
    Fla in Jax
    @ Auburn
    @ Tech

    Just saying. If you’re trying to get a championship, this ain’t the way to do it. However, for those of you complaining about the home slate of late:

    2014 – Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, Tech
    2015 – Bama, South Carolina
    2016 – Tennessee, Auburn, Tech
    2017 – South Carolina
    2018 – Tennessee, Auburn, Tech
    2019 – A & M, Notre Dame, South Carolina

    2017 the only real down year in there for home schedules.

    • Eh, no worries, mon. By 2019, they’ll have expanded to an 8-team playoff anyway.😉

      • sUGArdaddy

        Ha. I thought we’d be at 16 by then.

        • AusDawg85

          Actually,this will be the first play-in game to make the final 64 thus preserving the value of the (only) regular season game in the SEC/ATT Southeastern Pro-Student League, presented by Nike at AFLAC field in Conyers.

  13. DawgPhan

    Just so I am clear….

    The same bunch of folks that love to complain about the cupcakes in the diet are now complaining about how difficult the schedule will be in 5 years?

    Hope it happens. Could be great fun. Those folks from ND can come check out the college football hall of fame😉

    • watcher16

      ^^ Touché

    • sUGArdaddy

      You’ll never hear me complain about the cupcakes. I want as many cupcakes as we can get. Most people disagree, but I’m for the Florida model.

      Because of Tech and Florida, I just don’t see a need to play another big game. I’ll be there an enjoy it. They’re fun, but I know they hurt us in the long run. No one but us and Florida plays their biggest conference rival in a neutral site every year and plays their biggest in-state rival home and home. OU and Texas don’t have a ‘Tech’ type game to add to their schedule, which means they’ve still got room for a quality opponent. Bottom line is that we’re playing a game every year that ought to be in Athens, but it’s either in Jax or Atlanta. Add a home and home with a Notre Dame and it puts us in a bad spot.

      Auburn plays 8 games routinely at home. We often play only 6. That’s a huge, huge, huge disadvantage, and I don’t see much merit to it. The new system may prove otherwise, but I’ll believe it when I see them take a 10-2 team w/ a tough schedule over an 11-1 team. Ain’t gonna happen.

      • Mayor

        sUGArdaddy, you are one of the few regular posters on this blog that gets it. You have to win all your games–or at most lose 1 game–to get to play for the national championship. Strength of schedule doesn’t mean sh!t if you lose. FU followed the intelligent scheduling approach and it really paid off for them for years. Bama, too. Some say that Bama played difficult teams. Not so. Bama played a regular SEC schedule (which isn’t easy by any stretch) and 4 cupcakes every year. Their cupcakes were higher quality (Southern Miss type teams) than a D-IAA school, though. Once in a while Bama would give up a cupcake and play an OOC opponent that wasn’t a pushover but they would always play at a neutral site and that game would be the first game of the season followed by an open date or a cupcake. Also, the non-pushover would be a good-not great team, a team that would give Bama a good game but would not beat Bama. And Bama would NEVER play that team at the other team’s place where homer refs or the crowd might cause the Tide to lose. Auburn does much the same. The Dawgs, on the other hand, open up seasons on the road at Okie State and Clemson and get dusted, ruining the season right off the bat. But that is part of what has been holding Georgia back–galactically stupid scheduling. I favor the Florida model, too. Only I would prefer higher quality cupcakes–say, AAC, WAC, Mountain West or MAC teams. If we try to schedule Big 5 opponents they will want Georgia to go to their place and we really need to play them only at Sanford to have the 7+ home games we all want each season.

        • Rocket Dawg

          I don’t want a 7 game home slate with craptastic opponents like Charlston Southern, Florida Atlantic,
          and Louisiana Monroe. I’d rather lose a home game every now and again for a good home and home with a top tier opponent. The goal is to win the SEC East and then win the SEC. Only one team per year can win the MNC.

  14. cube

    I’ll get excited when we’re about a year away from the first game (basically fall of 2016) and the series hasn’t been cancelled yet. Until then…meh.

    If the conference decides to go to a 9 game schedule sometime in the next 2 years, this series will be cancelled quicker than you can say “indoor practice facility”.

    And I’m looking forward to being force fed 3 cupcakes a year in 2015/16.

  15. IWanaBDaveGrohl

    Senator, it’s also possible we could play Carolina and then Notre Dame at home in back to back weeks in 2019.