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I would bet that we don't ever see a marquee name in game 1 while we're in the ACC if it's not going to be UK. It's just not a smart move for our program.
Why is that?
I don't buy into all this weak OOC crap. Worst case, you go 5-7 instead of 6-6 and miss a bowl. Does anyone really CARE though about a 6-6 bowl game though? I sure wouldn't have given a crap in Kragthorpe's first year after that Rutgers game if we got invited to the Birmingham Bowl or anything.
Very different circumstances. Our schedule is garbage and our administration was trying like hell to get us a top notch game that would push us into the national championship game if we go 12-0. We also didn't have 13 teams already scheduled for the year like we do in 2014.
We don't have 13 games scheduled next year, we have 12. It's just that it's an unbalanced road schedule with 3 OOC games on the road, and if we stick with that we'll only have 5 home games all year, that's all. One of the low major road games needs to drop and get a home game in, which could technically be the start of a home and home with someone.
We have 13 games scheduled next year because of the unexpected addition of Notre Dame. One of those OOC games is going to have to be bought out of.
I've never seen EKU on the slate for next year, unless it was something I missed.
It's not so much that you're worried about the entire OOC schedule, but that the very first game doesn't always go the way it's supposed to, and the tone of the season can be set in that one game. Say we get Cincy and lose game 1, do we go on to finish the season 11-1, or is the road to hoe much tougher? If we want to play Cincy every year (which isn't really worth it to me, because they don't even fill their place when we play them) then making it game 2 or beyond would be preferable, so that you can get a victory under the belt before taking the field against a bigger name opponent.
Last season's hail mary attempt to get a big name team in game 1 was exactly that, a hail mary, in hopes of positioning us for a MNC bid if we ran the table. It's not really a worthwhile venture when you're playing in a better conference because the cons outweigh the pros.
That's exactly the kind of attitude why we've had such scheduling problems.
I'll never buy into that attitude. There's a 4 team playoff now, 1 loss won't kill you if you go 12-1.
You're kidding me with that statement, right? 4 team playoff, and you think one loss isn't going to make the difference between being #4 or #5? Seriously? The same BCS formula is going to determine who #4 and #5 are, and while losing in game 1 isn't as bad in that formula as losing in game 12, psychologically it most certainly can be the difference between whether that team even gets to 12 wins.
I recall a particular season in which we were ranked pretty well and had a QB hyped in the Heisman race, and they went out and lost game 1. Then lost to Houston in front of less than 12,000 people. The saving grace was the FSU monsoon win, but that season was a bust after game 1, going 7-6 and losing in the GMAC bowl in the Johnelle debacle. Until we become a historic name, losing any game is going to hurt us more than those who have historic names. The playoff thing is a complete joke until they put 12+ teams in it.
Alabama has won 2 NC's with 1 loss. Just sayin, granted a big SEC bias.
If you are scared of f'n Cincinnati as far as your NC hopes go, you really shouldn't be in the discussion in the first place. There's going to be 4 or 5 other teams in this conference schedule better than them. By your logic, why play anyone? Just play 4 FCS teams and get it over with.
And if you're going to blame 2002 on momentum from the UK game instead of just not being that good and losing 5 other games in addition, you're nuts. No amount of duct tape was going to hold that offensive line together.
The landscape has changed since then, both for us as a program and the national title picture. In 2003 we were a "mid-major" in football for all intents and purposes. You're comparing apples and oranges.
With 4 teams battling it out for a playoff, schedule is going to matter a lot more to a selection committee when they start having to split hairs. And I think losing a hard fought game early to a "name" team is better than pasting some D-2 school.
I don't think you'll see us sign any long term contracts - if the ACC moves to a 9 game schedule it puts you in a bind. Despite what some say, I don't see the UK game going anywhere (which is a great thing). That would leave us with 2 games to play with in a 9 game conference schedule. With an unbalance league schedule and one rotating OOC game, I'd think we'd want to make those both home games. I could see it being one local patsy and then another rotating team - Cincinnati, Marshall, etc.
I'd love to play Cincy on an annual basis but I'm not sure how it could work out to be an every year game.
I vote for IU also... the tailgating at Bloomington is second to none!!
If "by second to none" you mean mostly visiting fans then yes.
We could name the IU opener the 'Corso Bowl.'
He can throw the winner the trophy after yelling 'ah f*** it.'
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