Reality slowly dawns.

Took ’em long enough.

You know what my vote would be, Greg.  Nine conference games now!

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37 responses to “Reality slowly dawns.

  1. dawgtired

    ” Nine conference games now!”

    Agreed. Why wait? Let’s make it happen.

    And, I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m ready to drop the permanent cross rival. I like UGA being part of the longest Southern rivalry but it is starting to lose its luster…for me.
    With 9 conference games, 3 would be against Western foes. That would increase the rotation between the divisions. I like the idea of playing the West teams more often.

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  2. Bigshot

    9 conference games and the SEC never wins another National title.

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    • Not sure I agree with you. 3 of the other P5 conferences are already there. An SEC champion even with 2 losses in a 9-game schedule probably gets in.

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    • Macallanlover

      Sorry, but that makes no sense to me. This sport isn’t about winning MNCs, nice when they come, but it is about as many great Saturdays in the fall as you can possibly squeeze in, competing for SEC titles most years, and being respected as one of the best programs nationally. MNCs are great when you get fortunate enough to win one, but that does not mean you are “the” best team, that will be up for debate in every sport, it does not define who you are as a program. Hell, even gt gets one of those occasionally.

      Too many make this more important than the sport, or the season itself. And why there are so many “empty” games played on Saturdays. I watch every play of UGA games, even the blowout cupcake games, but we are not the best game I watch most Saturdays. I understand why folks are dropping season tickets, and why there are many empty seats in most all stadiums. Nine games doesn’t solve all those issues, but it improves the product and the experience for some SEC teams every single year. CFB Saturdays are precious to those of us getting older, wasting them in pursuit of one title one team gets rarely isn’t s smart trade.

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    • jhorne2000

      But there will be a lot more interesting football

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    • Kevin Winkler, DVM, DACVS

      In that case you must believe the SEC is overrated and our (SEC not unfortunately UGA) natties are a result of a protection of sorts by only playing 8. Sorry, can’t agree

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  3. PTC DAWG

    8 is enough…I like the UGA of two Power 5 OOC…more variety

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  4. ATL Dawg

    I’m all for it but the 180 these guys have done regarding this topic in the last year or two is amusing to say the least. Until just recently, they were all continuing to cite the long established company line about how the conference was difficult enough and they didn’t need any more tough games and they needed breaks in the schedule and blah, blah, blah. This shows that they were full of shit all these years. Once their attendance numbers started to slide significantly, they all went the complete opposite direction.

    But again, I’m glad they’ve finally changed their tune. Better late than never. The attendance numbers are still going to continue to slide in the coming years (for a variety of reasons that involve more than just the quality of games) but this might help slow it down a little.

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  5. Faltering Memory

    One of the many problems with attendance is the ending of traditional rivalries (aTm v. Texas, Ok v. Neb, Ark v Texas, and many others). The appeal of section HD is doing as much harm as good.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Yes, college football became wildly popular as a regional sport. Now it is becoming a studio sport and I am a studio audience member. We even have a version of an “applause sign.”

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      • Tony Barnfart

        My question on labor day saturday is this: I can go down the street to sit on a metal bleacher at 11am on august 31 (for my local game) or I can go down the street to my friend’s tree shaded (and ice cold) swimming pool that he will be putting a television right next to at 11am. Which is right next to his big green egg and outdoor bar with fridge/blender etc.
        /i’m leaning pool

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    • I am in favor of eight conference games, two power five games ( as varied a location as possible) and a cupcake to pound the shit out of. Whatever the do I will be there twice a year.

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    • MGW

      I’m pissed we rarely play Clemson, but if I were a part of any of those schools who have had huge rivalries just tossed in the garbage (Texas, A&M, Kansas, Mizzou, West Virginia, Pitt, Nebraska, etc.), I would consider any AD permanently on the hot seat until that problem was fixed, and I would be doing my damnedest to convince anyone who would listen to join me in a crusade to bring back those rivalries. I mean, what Nebraskan gives two shits about the Big 10 west? What West Virginian likes crossing the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi river to get to the nearest away game? At least A&M and Mizzou have the condolence prize of being in the SEC which is at least great football, but do you really care about any of these conference games in a down year? You have NO RIVALRY left. If Georgia sucks one year, at least we play UF, UT, GT, Auburn and SC or any other 100+ year conference foe and could win one or some of those games to piss off a rival or ruin a season. What do you care if you’re a down Mizzou or A&M? You don’t. Nebraska? How do they even have fans at this point outside of the most die hard alumni? They’ve been literally wandering in the desert old testament style for nearly a decade.

      No, it isn’t WiFi, and don’t you dare blame HDTV. HDTV is wonderful and isn’t killing the sport. The sport is tearing itself apart and making the experience less worth showing up for; HDTV is just OUR condolence prize.

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      • Hell, Pitt is a case study in what not to do. WVU and Ped State are both in the dumpster AND the on-campus stadium was demolished so students/fans can travel three miles to the Steelers’ downtown ballyard. That’s why there are routinely 35-40,000 in a 70K stadium.

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  6. Tony Barnfart

    GD, just give us the 3-5 division-less rotator model where we keep Auburn, Florida and probably SC. I know we’ve played kentucky and vandy for all eternity but i’d vote for more variety than to keep that going, particularly when all it means is you’d just play them every other year. I can live with just 5 trips to Lexington in 20 years versus 10.

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  7. Mayor

    I always get back to the same thing when it comes to analyzing things related to schedule, strength of schedule, etc.: What is best for the UGA football team in terms of maximizing its chances of winning championship? I don’t see how going to a 9 game conference game schedule helps that. I would rather play another P5 OOC team in Athens every season. I know, I know, you think that can’t be done. CVD did it for years. It can be done, it’s just going to take some work and some brains—which we lack right now in the AD’s office.

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  8. Personally I prefer playing home and away with P5 teams we do not normally get to play.

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  9. Castleberry

    Serious question. Why not 10? 9 creates problems with home & away out of balance.

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  10. ApalachDawg

    CBS said go to 9 and we will write you a blank check.
    follow the money dudes

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  11. RonLowry@ymail.com

    If we were Togo to a 9 game conference schedule the thing to do would be kick 4 teams out of the SEC and play a round robin schedule. That way UGA would play every team in the SEC every year and play at every opposing stadium every 2 years. We could still have the SECCG due to NCAA rules changes adopted to accommodate the Big 12. Wanting the SECCG was the raison d’être for conference expansion in the first place and now that is no longer necessary why not go back to 10?

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  12. Isn’t the bammer ad little nicky’s sock puppet…cause that statement sounded like a whole lotta’ little nicky…..

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  13. MGW

    How bout best of both worlds:

    They want to scrap tradition and to play 8 conference games max. We want to watch good games and play the entire conference….

    PODS!!!!!!!

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