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Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: November 22, 2010 11:33 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Lost somewhat in the excitement over Georgia agreeing to play Boise State in the annual Chick-Fil-A-Kickoff game next season was the fact that both the Bulldogs and Broncos already had opponents scheduled to open the 2011 season: Louisville in Georgia's case, and Ole Miss in Boise's.

That's where the ripples from the Georgia-Boise rock thrown into the puddle of college football scheduling start, but they radiate out much, much further from there, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes by listing the incredible eight teams whose 2011 slates have already been altered to accomodate the matchup:
Georgia, Boise State, Louisville (dropped from Georgia’s schedule), North Carolina (added to Louisville’s schedule to replace Georgia), James Madison (switching dates on North Carolina’s schedule to accommodate the UNC-Louisville game), Ole Miss (moved a scheduled 2011 season opener against Boise State to 2014), BYU (replaced Boise on Ole Miss’ 2011 schedule) and Oregon State (changed dates on BYU’s schedule to accommodate the BYU-Ole Miss game).
This isn't to say that several of these teams aren't happy with the changes; Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone called delaying his school's meeting with the Broncos until 2014 so it could be that year's Chick-Fil-A Kickoff "a dream come true."

But still: maneuvering this many moving pieces into place just for one high-profile made-for-TV game should tell you how much weight ESPN currently has to throw around in college football's sphere of influence. And with the WWL somewhat fortunate the Beavers could switch dates so easily and keep the daisy-chain at only eight teams, it begs the question: at what point do teams start putting their foot down and telling television that some things aren't worth the money being thrown at them? Is there such a point?

Judging by the number of dominoes knocked over to bring together Georgia and Boise, ESPN's going to find out if there is sometime soon.



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:08 am
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

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Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:22 pm
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

Okay so I heard from someone that Boise State actually tried to schedule Alabama AT Alabama for their 2011 season opener before they grabbed Ole Miss, but Alabama declined lol!  Someone please confirm to me if this is true. 



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:34 am
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

I thought the annual Chick-Fil-A-Kickoff was a game between the SEC and ACC?




Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:35 am
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

 it begs the question: at what point do teams start putting their foot down and telling television that some things aren't worth the money being thrown at them? Is there such a point?

That question is being asked by someone from CBS, a television network?  Really?  ESPN obviously have cash and are prepared to spend it.  They have invested heavily in Boise State already so I am not surprised.

As for most of college football, but correct me if I am wrong, but TV is where they can make the most money like this.  I'm not expecting the SEC to give their TV rights to another network for LESS money.  So if a school is approached for a big game and its worth a big number of dollars EXTRA, the only spanner in the works will be the effect down the chain - when compensation comes into it.  Only when the gain is eaten up by paying other out will it stop.  Not because its "too hard".

We all know this is big business and CBS is part of it.

I'd love to see the conferences "re-weighted" and TV deals re-done, so we don't have the rubbish talk about conference "power rankings" and whether a conference is AQ or not, but its not going to happen. 



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:27 am
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

Boise State has come a long way in a short time since they were a Big Sky team a decade ago.  The Broncos need to beef up their schedule and taking the Georgia game was necessary against a high profile SEC team.  BSU defeated a very tough VA Tech team this year on the east coast and they will have to continue to prove themselves over and over again before the collegiate football fan base wakes up and understands that Boise State is a really tough football team that can compete and beat the top teams. 



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:51 pm
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

houston nutt came to ole miss won two cotton bowl championships this yr he still has state who blew him out last yr. for nutt the egg bowl will go along way about the way he;s viewed in o11 openening with byu .nutt took a chance on masoli now hes gone .ole miss will not be going to a bowl this season,loses to jacksonville state @ vanderbuilt ended all hope.i no he has lost players like mike wallace and dexter ,micheal but finishing last in the sec west if state wins again going into 11 opening with stronger teams and with bama/lsu/auburn/arkansas + 3 sec east teams on the schedule if ole miss doesnt make it to a bowl next season and or loses to state for a third straight year ,nutt would be on the hotseat .




Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:51 pm
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

This match-up should be a good game!



Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

Kudos to GA for playing this game..A lot of teams say they would play Boise and their overated but you don't see them jumping thru hoops to get them on their schedule..Tennessee is known for opening against a quality Pac 10 team or someone in the west..Future games against  Oklahoma and Oregon are coming but Iam sure they would want no part of BSU..UT plays NC State in the Chick fil next year and thats enough..GA vs a reloading BSU will be a good game



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

BYU is a horse of a different color. Sometimes they are great and the next year their butts are in a sling. But then again many schools s struggle with consistency. I wonder BYU will show up next year. 



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Georgia-Boise St. game alters 8 other schedules

We Boise fans want to play everyone, Ole Miss too, but especially Georgia. We took a drubbing between the hedges several years ago in a game that was embarrassing, not because we lost but because our quarterback messed himself. He was uncharacteristically 
awful throwing 6 interceptions. The man couldn't get out of his own way. This next time Kellen Moore will be at the helm and he isn't intimidated by big games and big crowds. I don't know if we can beat the Bulldogs. I think we can but that is why we play these games - to find out. What I do remember was the Bulldog fans were gracious and welcoming. There were the usual few slugs who should stay home and just be glad there are grown ups representing UGA well because they sure didn't, but they were small number. I think it will be a good game. I know I speak for all Boise fans when I say we appreciate everyone who has made accommodations so this game can happen.


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