“We’re not done yet.”

In the Blogger Roundtable podcast Weiszer and Page hosted this week, I was asked if I was making preparations to go to Los Angeles for the UCLA game scheduled a decade from now.  It was a tongue-in-cheek question, and I treated it as such, but what I would have liked to get into then was a discussion about scheduling priorities.  There wasn’t time, so I’ll do it here.

I can’t deny there’s a certain novelty to the experience of traveling to the Rose Bowl, or to see Touchdown Jesus, that has an appeal to me.  In the long run, though, as a fan of a program in the Southeastern Conference, I’d rather have the satisfaction that comes with a nine-game conference schedule.

If it’s a venue I want to see, I don’t need for the Dawgs to be there for me to enjoy that.  If I want to see Georgia play in Tuscaloosa, though, I’ve got to wait twelve years under the present format; with a ninth SEC game on the books, that gap shortens noticeably. Either way, it’s one less slot for a cupcake game on the schedule, so there’s no skin of McGarity’s back whichever way it goes.

But that’s not what these high profile games are about.

“We wanted to be able to compete in some non SEC games that really from a national perspective were very attractive,” McGarity said.

Attractive to whom, Greg?

“We do want to be picky,” McGarity said. “We are targeting certain teams and venues that bring excitement not only for our fans and students, but college football fans in general.”

Translation:  we want a football schedule that our broadcast partners find pleasing.

Just shut up and hand over your credit card.



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12 responses to ““We’re not done yet.”

  1. A10Penny

    I think we’ll eventually get the 9-game schedule but don’t think we’re there yet from an AD’s perspective. They’ll have to be forced by the playoff committee or networks. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the ND, and UCLA games.

    If there was one other change I would like to see is for us to play Clemson more. According to this link: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/sec/georgia-bulldogs.php it will be at least 11 years before we play them again. I would even give up the Tech game a couple times a decade if that’s what it took to see UGA play the Tigers more often.


  2. reipar

    Seems like no matter the outcome if we do not like the way we got there we are suppose to complain. I guess if TV forces us to a 9 game conference schedule we will complain about that as TV made us do it and we are just chasing the money.


  3. Chi-town Dawg

    If/when that 9th SEC game appears, I’ll be curious to see how many of these “national games of interest” get cancelled because suddenly the schedule becomes too difficult. I remember when we had a road game scheduled against Oregon and one of the first things McGarity did was cancel it because the travel was too far. Guess Pasadena is less strenuous travel than Eugene. Seriously, the AD’s love to reap the credit of scheduling these games 8-10 years out, but are seldom around when they get cancelled and replaced with a Coastal Carolina.


  4. doofusdawg

    Another aspect is you have to give the folks something to look forward to in order to keep them happy… kind of like being married.


  5. Tim

    I love these games. The Boulder and Tempe games were extremely popular with the fan base. I will be in South Bend in 2017 and hopefully the game in Pasedena will still be on the schedule when it’s time comes.


  6. Macallanlover

    I don’t see the ninth conference game and better OOC scheduling as mutually exclusive. We should play one Top 20 OOC program every year, we still have 2spots to play a mid-major (maybe Tech for those who still want them every year), and one cup cake game. With Vandy and Kentucky in the East, we are already guaranteed one in-conference cupcake every year within the conference.


  7. It seems to me like us and Mora have the same stradegy.


  8. revdawg

    I think the ADs/HFCs see the P5 OOC game as less risky than playing (and possibly losing) a 9th conf game as it doesn’t knock a team down in the conf standings and is seen by nat’l media as a “quality opponent” even though another SEC opponent would most assurdedly be a quality opponent.


    • Mayor

      +1. An additional OOC game against a P5 opponent does not guarantee a loss to one of the other conference schools like a 9th conference game would. Instead it gives the opportunity to improve strength of scheduling while at the same time preserving the ability of SEC teams to win the games. In short, it helps the top of the conference get into the playoff while at the same time allows the bottom teams the opportunity to become bowl eligible.