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As a college football fan, LOVE the out-of-the-box idea of NDSU. But that one could be just as embarrassing, if not more, than the Texas game. Ay yi yi. 

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I'm guessing budgets will play a large roll in scheduling. Can USF afford a NDSU with 0 fans - 25% stadium capacity fans?

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31 minutes ago, brybull1970 said:

This fits squarely into Kelly's wheelhouse. It will be interesting to see what he can manufacture in such a short time frame. Assuming the American doesn't make any changes to its conference schedule and none of our remaining non-conference opponents bail, we have the following dates that could be filled:

  • August 29th
  • September 5th
  • September 12th
  • October 31st

Potential options to consider:

  • ACC - Member schools are permitted to play one non-conference game but the game must occur in the home state of the ACC member school; FSU still has a home game on the calendar with Samford while Miami still has a home game on the calendar against UAB; Virginia and North Carolina State are possible options here as all of their home non-conference games have been cancelled
  • Big 12 - Member schools are permitted to play one non-conference game but the game must occur at home; TCU, Kansas and Texas Tech are possible options here as all of their home non-conference games have been cancelled
  • PAC-12 - Conference only schedule
  • SEC - Conference only schedule
  • Big 10 - Conference only schedule
  • G5 - I suspect the G5 conferences and low-level Independents will look to cobble together a full schedule by playing among each other, while minimizing travel/exposure

For financial reasons, I expect schools to keep existing 2020 scheduling commitments, where allowed by their conference, and not back out of agreed upon games so they can go schedule someone else (e.g. don't expect FSU to cancel their home date with Samford so they can schedule USF).

Here would be one possible outcome:

  • BYE (8/29)
  • North Dakota State (9/5); replaces at Texas; for NDSU this replaces their road game at Oregon
  • at North Carolina State (9/12); replaces BCC; for NCST this replaces their home game against Mississippi State
  • Nevada (9/19)
  • at Florida Atlantic (9/26)
  • at Cincinnati (10/3)
  • East Carolina (10/10)
  • at Temple (10/17)
  • Tulsa (10/23) Fri.
  • BYE (10/31)
  • at Memphis (11/7)
  • at Houston (11/14)
  • Navy (11/21)
  • UCF (11/28)

Of course every other G5 school is looking at the same opportunities against P5 opposition and will move forward on securing those games as well. We are just as likely going to end up playing all G5 schools to round out our schedule. 

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18 minutes ago, BDYZR said:

I'm guessing budgets will play a large roll in scheduling. Can USF afford a NDSU with 0 fans - 25% stadium capacity fans?

We can’t afford the beating we would probably get against an FCS opponent, rather have an open date.

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3 minutes ago, Friscobull said:

We can’t afford the beating we would probably get against an FCS opponent, rather have an open date.

They would beat us like a red head step child on a hot summers day. Hell, they could (and do) beat P5 teams pretty regularly. This would be a terrible schedule. 

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If Nevada bails on us on 9-19(good possibility) ??  Maybe we could lure App State in for a game. They have Wis on 9/19  that isn't going to happen. Their no slug and yes they could possibly beat us but it would be a quality opponent. 

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10 minutes ago, BulledOver said:

If Nevada bails on us on 9-19(good possibility) ??  Maybe we could lure App State in for a game. They have Wis on 9/19  that isn't going to happen. Their no slug and yes they could possibly beat us but it would be a quality opponent. 

That might be our best case now. 

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2 hours ago, Friscobull said:

We can’t afford the beating we would probably get against an FCS opponent, rather have an open date.

Another way to look at it is that the CWT era started with getting our ass kicked by an FCS opponent and we recovered pretty nicely from that ...

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2 minutes ago, Triple B said:

Another way to look at it is that the CWT era started with getting our ass kicked by an FCS opponent and we recovered pretty nicely from that ...

Yeah but I think we can agree in not pushing it again. 

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