Today, in why we can’t have nice things

Answering the question of why there aren’t more home-and-home series with quality opponents on Georgia’s schedule, Seth Emerson delivers an explanation that is both succinct and depressing.

So why doesn’t Georgia do more? Frankly, at this point it doesn’t need to. There isn’t much competitive or economic motivation for Georgia to change its scheduling strategy.

All the rest is commentary.

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38 responses to “Today, in why we can’t have nice things

  1. MHPDawg

    Like everything else, McGarity & Co will keep getting away with their mismanagement and lying until people decide they’ve had enough and stop donating and buying tickets. Until then, they’ll continue to see how far they can push it. And that includes more cupcakes in September.

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  2. rchris

    Yale in Sanford Stadium October 13, 2029. Let’s get started on it right now.

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    • That’s actually not a terrible idea if we’re going to continue to schedule FCS opponents. The problem is I don’t think anyone in the Ivy plays FBS opponents.

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      • Actually, I think it is the other way around … since Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships, a win over an Ivy League opponent does not count towards bowl-eligibility for an FBS school.

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        • I would sacrifice the credit for the win for an appearance of Yale to commemorate the 💯th anniversary of the Sanford dedication.

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            • Tony Barnfart

              DYK: the railway at the time bunked up guests for that game in rail cars on the line just east of the stadium. Kinda gives new meaning to the “track people” concept. And in the odd way of things coming full circle, it would not be a bad idea to have light rail to sanford stadium given the logistics of our setup. (i believe there was at least a concept called the “bulldog express” that may have petered our before it even got legs)

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    • Russ

      Great idea!

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  3. JCDAWG83

    It’s pretty much the same with every P5 team. Very few want to agree to a home and home and even fewer want a one off away game and the lost revenue. As long as there remains a beauty pageant like committee and a loss of any kind can knock you out of the playoff, there is no benefit to scheduling tough out of conference opponents. A Georgia loss to Notre Dame last season combined with the AU drubbing would have probably opened the door for Ohio State to take our spot in the playoff.

    Until there is a playoff where conference champs make up the field regardless of their regular season record, the scheduling isn’t going to change.

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  4. I think the plan is to load up the talent, whip ass, and play our big games on neutral site opening weekend, SECC, Playoff, and Natl Champ games.

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  5. AthensHomerDawg

    “The Austin Peay Governors, an FCS program in Clarksville, Tenn., had a nation-worst 29-game losing streak before beating Morehead State to snap it in Week 3. The Governors kept winning, and they just wrapped up an 8-4 season by …”

    “Middle Tennessee State has its fourth bowl win in program history and just its second since 1964. The Blue Raiders beat Arkansas State 35-30 in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl” Their coach spent $10,000 of his own money on student tickets.

    THere is something about these match ups that just seems wrong. I get that queasy feeling similar to the one I had watching Hawaii’s qb getting pummeled in the Sugar Bowl. Can we just let our practice squad play this one?

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  6. Austin

    I know I am in the minority, but this has always been my reasoning on why the cocktail party should be home and home now. We miss out on having 8 home games some years. 8!!! Surely with 8 games they all can’t be cupcakes. Plus, the Florida home game could be on the year that Vandy and Mizzou are at home greatly improving the home schedule, since now Auburn and Georgia Tech are both away or home.

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    • Stoopnagle

      Do you really want to offer that challenge to McGarity?

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    • Chickamona

      Yeah, kind of odd that the article completely missed that a major factor in our scheduling (or not) as many strong OOC home/home games has been playing in Jacksonville every year plus Tech on road every other means we are lean on home games in odd years. Only played six last year, which gives our “cash strapped” AA fits and so they are only willing to take that revenue hit every so often. If UF were to move home and home, could open up more wiggle room, though, I don’t think we’d necessarily use it.

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      • Alkaline

        Actually, I’d say it means we’re lean on home games every year. This is semantic, but I think it’s interesting: In Even years, the Tech game “takes the place” of what would have been a home game against UF. So we always have 4 home games, 4 away games, and 1 neutral site game scheduled every year by default. The combination of an OoC in-state rival plus an in-conference neutral-site game mean UGA’s scheduling is less complicated, but also less flexible as you point out.

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        • 79DawgatWork

          We are the “home” team in Jacksonville this year. If we went home and home, we would have Florida, Auburn and Tech at home this year. While that would be great, who wants the team going to Gainesville AND Auburn every year – historically, our 2 toughest rivals. What hurt us was when the league office made us flip flop with Auburn several years ago which threw both of us off, but I guess that is what happens when you are the 2 outliers and have to accommodate 12 others. That said, if we were to go to a 9-game conference schedule with 3 crossover opponents, we might be able to flip-flop again with Auburn
          Oops, I guess I just stumbled on a potential (and cost free!) solution to crappy scheduling – 9 game conference schedules!!!

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    • Mayor

      ^^The beginning of wisdom!!

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  7. Austin

    Excuse me Mizzou and Kentucky.

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  8. Mary Kate Danaher

    Seth ends his article with these questions:
    “Would Georgia fans be willing to give up one home game a season if it meant the other home games would be more interesting? Would you rather see Georgia play two “blah” nonconference games, but get two Saturdays in Athens out of it, or get only one Saturday in Athens but have it be against a Power 5 team?”

    I’m inclined to give up a home game if it means a game against an interesting Power 5 team, but I’ll bet Athens businesses would disagree. And the coaching staff as well, perhaps.

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    • Macallanlover

      You would think all football fans would agree, but there is a segment of all fans, UGA included, who would prefer buying a trophy (UCF style) than playing against the best competition they can line up. Would love to see a ban on playing 1AA schools, go to 9 conference games, and a rule that two of your three OOC games have to be against Power 5 teams. I am not against the neutral site games that TV sets up, but would prefer home and home match ups.

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  9. ATL Dawg

    The 2019 home schedule is like an oasis in the middle of the Sahara desert.

    Frankly, I don’t understand the logic behind saying that Georgia doesn’t need good out of conference games when we clearly benefited from playing Notre Dame last season. And you could easily think up scenarios where not having that game in our pocket would have hurt us come Selection Sunday.

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  10. Castleberry

    But but but… if Greg can charge a one time $200 per ticket premium for ND, that revenue would drive better schedule for out of conference P5 teams.

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  11. DawgPhan

    UGA schedule has always been a tough nut to crack. With the Auburn, GA Tech and Cocktail party games it really limits the flexibility. They could of course do better and have scheduled better games in the past.

    I know it gets back to red panty schedule style, but how many times did the national media take notice of how well UGA traveled. That has to be worth something in brand equity.

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    • I can’t imagine any top Power 5 program other than Clemson that will risk a home/home with us after how DawgNation took over South Bend.

      Sure, we have the UCLA games, but I’ll believe those will happen when it gets too close for either side to back out.

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      • Macallanlover

        That isn’t going to happen again, especially against quality Power 5 opponents with a strong football tradition. UCLA could be a candidate, other West Coast teams as well.

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      • RandallPinkFloyd

        Agreed. Add in the fact that Kirby is recruiting his rear end off and the fact that he made the national championship game in only his 2nd year, I think we’ll have trouble finding OOC opponents to schedule. Certainly not in a home and home scenario, most schools would likely opt for a one time neutral site game.

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  12. rchris

    Another idea: Army in 2021. After revenging the Irish in 2017 & 2019 for ŕobbing us in 1946, we skewer the other culprits on the 75th anniversary of the deed .

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  13. Glenn - Newnan

    Florida won 2 National Championships without playing a monster schedule. Why would UGA want to make it harder on itself than it must be? That’s just silly. I know this is probably the hate McGarity forum, but he will be your next AD to win a National Championship. Does that count? Will that be good enough for you? Or, do we have to do it the hard way?

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  14. willypmd

    As long as we schedule Tech yearly, I don’t think we will be adding many big home and home games. I still support switching between Jax/ATL for the cocktail party, but I’m in my 30’s and still have Urban Meyer/Zook flashbacks in Jax, so maybe that opinion will fade.

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  15. 92 grad

    Your headline title for this post gave me a brief arrhythmia. I expected to read a report from the friendly Athens/Clarke/campus police.

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  16. B-UGA

    When we get paid a bunch of money to play in Jacksonville & Neutral Site games, it’ll be hard to convince McGarity & Company to play any more Home games…They still get the benefit of raping the season ticket holders out of money for less home games (and crappy cupcakes). Athens’ businesses & The Fans would be the ones that would benefit. McGarity & company do not care about that…just how much $ they are going to add to the reserve fund.

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