Not the Dan Mullen post you were expecting

Selfishly speaking, consider me intrigued by this suggestion:

If you’re a Cocktail Party fan, this makes a ton of sense.  Beyond that, it gets that ninth conference game on the schedule and gives schools the chance to make extra money by bidding out the sites for six neutral site games every season — all without affecting current home schedules.  It also keeps the four home/four away games balance in effect.

I’d drop a cupcake game for that in a heartbeat.  Not bad, Dan.

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24 responses to “Not the Dan Mullen post you were expecting

  1. Mayor

    I seem to remember that Auburn and Bama has that and decided to give it up.

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  2. 81Dog

    Can’t wait to see the bidding war for Vandy v. Missouri, or Arkansas v. Miss State. If those games were being played in my front yard, I’d close the curtains.

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    • Whatever that might be, it’ll be more than Vandy would gross hosting Tennessee Tech.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      LOL. You win the internet.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      Although i believe Memphis would be all over Arkansas vs Mississippi State, if for no other reason then it would win the bidding (and could use the hotel revenue).

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      • Otto

        Ole Miss and Tennessee have faced off many times in Memphis and as recently as 1996.

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        • Tony Barnfart

          Yep. That was a (near) permanent game prior to the 1992 expansion, and an overlooked casualty of the expanded conference.

          I attended a couple of those matchups and it’s an absolutely perfect neutral site venue. Local fandom is a near 50/50 split size wise. Distance wise for the schools, it’s not unlike the WLOCP but within the state borders of the more distant school—think: EverBank Field (or whatever it’s called now) being in Glynn County instead of florida.

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  3. Paul

    I would welcome this scheduling. Cupcakes suck.

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  4. PTC DAWG

    IF you haven’t noticed, UGA has dropped a cupcake on most of their up coming schedules.

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  5. bwaredogs

    UGA-UF in Jax
    Cock-Vols in Charlotte
    UK-MSU in Nashville
    Ark-Mizz in St. Louis
    LSU-TAM in San Antonio/New Orleans
    Ole Miss-Vandy in Memphis
    Bama-Auburn in Hell

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    • Otto

      Interesting possibilities even if it will never happen. Arky-A&M has a home in Dallas with someone willing to pay the teams the money.

      The Iron Bowl is a game all SEC fans should attend. The WLOCP and the Iron Bowl are the 2 most intense games I’ve ever been to. 3rd isn’t even close.

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      • Trbodawg

        Maybe it’s just recency bias, but the UGa/Oklahoma Rose Bowl was as intense a game as I’ve ever attended. As ongoing series, I agree with your assessment 🙂

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        • Otto

          I can see your view. The level of mutual dislike at the WLOCP and Iron Bowl with a century of history is what makes them so great and how the fan bases handle it differently.

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    • Dawg in Austin

      Agreed except LSU-TAM should be in Houston, no brainer. I love this idea.

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      • bwaredogs

        Geography slipped my mind with San Antone vs. Houston! I’m sure New Orleans would also bend over backwards to host LSU in a regular season SEC game. And all these stadiums could maybe sell beer?

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  6. Harold Miller

    Is this a sign of the Apocalypse? Dan Mullen actually says something that I agree with.

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  7. Doug

    The main reason I’ve been hesitant about getting on board with a 9-game SEC schedule is because half the teams from the Pac-12 and B1G get royally hosed with five away games each year. That just incentivizes teams to even out their home schedule with pay-for-play cupcakes. And it would probably mean the end of playing the WLOCP in Jacksonville.

    But this idea I wholeheartedly endorse. Of course, it makes too much sense for the ADs to ever agree to it.

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  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Mullen’s work is done. Now I suggest he take a long break at Lake Oconee.

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  9. Tony Barnfart

    If the league can’t do this because of logistics, I think they should allow / endorse the scheduling of off-rotation interdivisional games as non-conference games. It’s bordering on insanity how long it takes to rotate through the conference—it’ll be something like 15 years of A&M in the conference before we ever visit college station.

    I would also like to see a vehicle for having infrequent SEC foes play each other in bowl games.

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