“… a unique scheduling opportunity”

This is what happens when you tire of paying ever higher guarantee fees.

The Florida Gators and USF Bulls have agreed to a three-game series in football, beginning in 2022 in the Swamp.

UF announced the two schools also will play 2023 in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and again in Gainesville in 2025.  [Emphasis added.]

That Florida is doing this should tell you we’re not in Jeremy Foley’s world any more.  Color me a little surprised.

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30 responses to ““… a unique scheduling opportunity”

  1. PTC DAWG

    Two for one not a bad deal…plus, easy road trip for all involved in this situation.

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  2. Spike

    They should play the Canes every year like they did back in the day. It was a huge game down here.

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  3. Greg

    Thinks they need to go back to scheduling Georgia Southern.

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  4. Derek

    If the board of regents of these states had balls they’d force a lot more of this.

    For example, there’s no good reason Alabama has never played UAB.

    Raising the profile of every university of the state should be more important than paying Idaho a mil to fly across the country to come take their whuppin’.

    Couldn’t we play Southern or State at the dome and make the same bank as a home game minus a payout?

    In short, if you aren’t playing someone legit, play someone in your state. Makes sense to me.

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    • Bright Idea

      I never follow the thinking behind giving up 20,000 seats to play anybody in The Dome, now Mercedes-Benz Stadium, unless it is Tech in odd numbered years. When you go there the tickets are more expensive and corporate ATL outranks our own season ticket holders. If it were Ga State’s home game they would surely gouge us. When I hear this argument about the Florida game I wonder if people realize that ATL seats 10,000 less than does Jax. That Tampa stadium seats less than The Swamp I’m sure so USF pulled off quite a coup.

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      • Derek

        This has nothing to do with the UF series.

        I’m just wondering from a pure economic perspective if playing southern or state in the dome wouldn’t be a net plus over playing western Carolina or Austin peay in Athens. I’d like to see the numbers.

        Bear played games in Birmingham for years and he’s no dummy. By doing so he owed the city that mattered in Alabama. I wouldn’t mind owning Atlanta like he owned birmingham.

        The reason they stopped playing in Birmingham had more to do with the condition of the stadium and city leadership as anything.

        I’m not saying I’m right, I’m saying I’d be curious to know what the numbers would look like and whether we couldn’t establish a better connection to the kids in and around the perimeter. Lots of talent there.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I see your point here, when the check to the cupcake is figured in for sure… but Athens business owners might disagree..

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        • Greg

          “The reason they stopped playing in Birmingham had more to do with the condition of the stadium”

          and where they stadium was located, not the nicest part of town (right by the housing projects)…..the crimes kept getting worse. Not always safe going to or from.

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          • Greg

            plus the expansion and updating of Jordan-Hare & Bryant -Denny.

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            • Otto

              Expansion of home stadiums and not splitting revenue was likely the reason.

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              • Greg

                Probably….parking there used to be atrocious. After the parking lot filled, you had to use the street in front of the stadium. When that filled, people parked their cars on the streets of the housing projects and walked to the stadium. Plenty of robberies going on back then.

                FWIW, it doesn’t look like moving away from Birmingham had any effect on their recruiting. They are better off going alternating stadiums imo.

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                • Derek

                  Birmingham isn’t the recruiting hotbed it used to be either.

                  Atlanta is has a huge concentration of talent.

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                • Greg

                  Not sure how much playing in Atlanta helps. Winning helps more than anything as far as UGA is concerned. Playing in Atlanta has not helped GT, but then again…not winning has hurt.

                  Georgia is the school most Georgia HS kids want to go. Especially in South Georgia.
                  Most who will watch, will watch on TV anyway.

                  Good discussion though, not sure how much it would help, but it certainly would not hurt. Personally, I would like to see it. Would also like to see Bama not opening their season there any longer.

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                • Otto

                  GT also does not get any press for playing in Atlanta. Bama would often get ESPN College Gameday and prime time TV. It also would not surprise me if Bama brought more fans to Atlanta than GT gets for an average home game.

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                • Otto

                  Further Bama hosts recruits at neutral site games. Opening weekend is often cupcakes, so if you are a Georgia HS recruit, the Dome is likely closer, and then you have the spectacle of being hosted at a game on National TV which is a “neutral” site but looking in the stands was likely a Bama home game. You can’t argue with Saban’s results.

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                • Otto

                  Atlanta is the hotbed now, thus Saban making it a priority to open the season in the Dome during the rebuilding period earlier in his time at Bama.

                  Going back to the dark ages, cities often owned large (for the time) stadiums and government funds were used to build them. Big games were played in the city owned larger stadium. Ole Miss and Miss St. both played games in Jackson, Auburn also played home games in Birmingham (other than the Iron Bowl), Auburn UGA was played in Columbus, GA for years.

                  Naturally playing in what was viewed as or may have been a rival’s stadium does not look great to recruits. Programs gained the money to improve their on campus stadium, and as it enlarged so did the funds to make it even larger, and the machine feeds itself.

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                • Greg

                  All true…love the Jacksonville game, a lot of history & great venue. But I sometimes wish they move it to Atlanta….”a nutrual site”.

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                • Otto

                  Smart will make it a Neutral Site. I just wish the ADs would agree to allow the home team to host recruits. It would be awesome to win there again and have all of that South Georgia/North Florida talent wanting to go. UGA has recruited Volusia county successfully in the past which is an hour or less away.

                  Growing up going to that game even after Goff, I hope it doesn’t move. I made a string from 89? to the mid 90s.

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  5. Debby Balcer

    I am surprised UCF doesn’t take the opportunity to say UF should be playing them.

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    • Dawg1

      How could UF dare to take on the all-powerful undefeated, defending National Champs so soon into a rebuilding project? Inconceivable! 🙂

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  6. 3rdandGrantham

    That absolutely will be a home crowd for UF in Tampa. 70/30 split at worst for them.

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  7. Hobnail_Boot

    What’s unique? UF never leaves the state for OOC games.

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    Sad thing for the gators is USF plays in the nicer stadium.

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  9. UGA '97

    Actually, one could argue this is quintessential Foley-esque Mullen vs Strong- ex-gator Coordinators, not playing outside the home state. Go figure..

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