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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    @brettmcmurphy: Conference USA will keep 8-game league schedule & allow schools to play as many nonconference games as they want, sources told @Stadium. Also, it could be possible for C-USA teams to play each other as "nonconference" opponents if schools need more games, sources said

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Let’s play Northeast at Indy
    HCSH cumulative point differential by quarter:

    231 522 654 -54

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Twitter:
    Start dates:

    -SEC Sept 26th
    -ACC Sept 7-12
    -B1G ?
    -Big 12 Aug 29th

    Group of 5 leagues could load up weeks 0-3 and have a chance to gain some prime TV spots.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    With the Vandy game getting nixed and a fair chance that Baylor gets nixed too, do you think that CUSA will reshuffle the schedule or does Tech try to schedule another home game or two to fill those gaps? Maybe we can bring back the Prairie View game? LOL

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by techfreak View Post
    With the Vandy game getting nixed and a fair chance that Baylor gets nixed too, do you think that CUSA will reshuffle the schedule or does Tech try to schedule another home game or two to fill those gaps? Maybe we can bring back the Prairie View game? LOL
    Prairie View's conference canceled their season.

    CUSA has stated that schools can play 12 games if they want and can fill their open dates however they're able.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    The reason G5ís havenít done the same thing yet is that they canít. (It will happen soon though)

    This will financially kill our neighbors to the East who had TWO SEC money games this year and need them to pay the bills. Say goodbye to 2 million dollars of your athletic budget.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by revf View Post
    The reason G5’s haven’t done the same thing yet is that they can’t. (It will happen soon though)

    This will financially kill our neighbors to the East who had TWO SEC money games this year and need them to pay the bills. Say goodbye to 2 million dollars of your athletic budget.
    It's going to be tough.

    I really don't know if it's worth trying to play 12 or not. If the Big 12 goes conference only, you'd have no option for a money game. And while it'd be great to bank some home games for future seasons, everyone will have that same thought and be angling for the away game in 2020 among other G5 conferences. Because at the best of times a home game doesn't really make us that much money, and you can't expect attendance to go up during this whole thing (even without national, state, parrish/county, or school restrictions on attendance) you'd probably rather play the road game and then get your half of the 1-for-1 in the future when fans are hopefully more likely to attend.

    And lots of FCS conferences are canceling (like the SWAC) so you probably don't want to load up there either (nor would you want to - again, what would be the point if attendance is probably way down anyway). Plus the more OOC games you schedule the less flexibility you have if there is a temporary disruption to the conference schedule. That's part of the reason the P5 conferences are playing conference only. If weeks 3-5 get cancelled, you have more power to reschedule a conference game if you don't have to plan around OOC.

    The only potential for the G5s to reduce losses might be to load up those early weeks and try to negotiate some better tv money. But so much of the conference tv rights are locked in, I'm not even sure how much that would be possible.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by sportdawg View Post
    @brettmcmurphy: Conference USA will keep 8-game league schedule & allow schools to play as many nonconference games as they want, sources told @Stadium. Also, it could be possible for C-USA teams to play each other as "nonconference" opponents if schools need more games, sources said
    Quote Originally Posted by techfreak View Post
    With the Vandy game getting nixed and a fair chance that Baylor gets nixed too, do you think that CUSA will reshuffle the schedule or does Tech try to schedule another home game or two to fill those gaps? Maybe we can bring back the Prairie View game? LOL
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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by techfreak View Post
    With the Vandy game getting nixed and a fair chance that Baylor gets nixed too, do you think that CUSA will reshuffle the schedule or does Tech try to schedule another home game or two to fill those gaps? Maybe we can bring back the Prairie View game? LOL
    The Big 12 are playing a 9 plus 1 schedule. Baylor has us and Incarnate Wood as OOC games, we are still in the running. No doubt we provide the better game. Wonder how the finances might play out?

    https://www.espn.com/college-footbal...onference-game

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Can we just agree that all this shuffling and changing schedules will do ZERO to stem the spread of Covid19-84?

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by sportdawg View Post
    Twitter:
    Start dates:

    -SEC Sept 26th
    -ACC Sept 7-12
    -B1G ?
    -Big 12 Aug 29th

    Group of 5 leagues could load up weeks 0-3 and have a chance to gain some prime TV spots.
    Good point.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Rama Jama View Post
    Can we just agree that all this shuffling and changing schedules will do ZERO to stem the spread of Covid19-84?
    I tend to agree with you. I fail to understand why it's better for the SEC to play 10 conference games, but not 10 conference games and 2 OOC games? In most cases, there will probably be fewer people attending the games against the OOC opponents than the conference opponents, especially the OOC games against G5's.

    One more thing: From a competition perspective, it's going to be very difficult for some SEC schools win games when they are playing SEC opponents EVERY WEEK. Expect some ugly W-L records this fall in the SEC.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Tom View Post
    The Big 12 are playing a 9 plus 1 schedule. Baylor has us and Incarnate Wood as OOC games, we are still in the running. No doubt we provide the better game. Wonder how the finances might play out?

    https://www.espn.com/college-footbal...onference-game
    Normally the best financial move for Baylor would be to play the game they pay the least for. That would be us
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    231 522 654 -54

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by PawDawg View Post
    Normally the best financial move for Baylor would be to play the game they pay the least for. That would be us
    You think they are paying IW less than what we are expecting? I thought it would be the other way around.

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    Re: 2020 Season - Covid Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Rama Jama View Post
    Can we just agree that all this shuffling and changing schedules will do ZERO to stem the spread of Covid19-84?
    Quote Originally Posted by HogDawg View Post
    I tend to agree with you. I fail to understand why it's better for the SEC to play 10 conference games, but not 10 conference games and 2 OOC games? In most cases, there will probably be fewer people attending the games against the OOC opponents than the conference opponents, especially the OOC games against G5's.

    One more thing: From a competition perspective, it's going to be very difficult for some SEC schools win games when they are playing SEC opponents EVERY WEEK. Expect some ugly W-L records this fall in the SEC.
    What I've read is that their priority here is to preserve every chance to finish a conference season. So while it doesn't really make sense from a pandemic control perspective that Georgia can play Missouri but can't play Georgia Tech (or Clemson/SC or A&M/UNT or Florida/FSU or whatever) it does mean that the centralized SEC leadership has more control over the whole season. So the SEC can dictate whatever level of testing protocol (for example) they are comfortable with and they don't have to worry about the ACC instituting the same policy (or trying to get the SEC to use a stronger one). And they don't have to worry about FCS schools or G5 schools not being able to afford to follow their protocols.

    They also maintain more schedule flexibility this way. If they want to start early and give themselves more cushion for an interruption (or some built in time for quarantining between games) they can do that. Or if they feel (as seems to be the case in most of the P5 conferences) that getting players in and keeping them isolated on campus is the best way to have a season, they can give up their OOC games in order to start their seasons later. If a week 4 game gets cancelled either because of a regional uptick or because one team has to lock down for a time (but can come back later) without non-conference games, you have both more time left in which to make it up and more central control in moving other games around to help get it in.

    I don't think the P5 conferences are necessarily prioritizing their athletes (other than keeping them away from teams that might have less money for testing/isolating/medical care). And I don't think their priority is keeping their communities safe. They've looked at all their bad options and decided the least worst option is to give themselves the best possible change to play the most possible games is to keep things "in the family" for this season. I'm not sure they're wrong in that - it's very much every conference for themselves in this mess. The idea of a +1 OOC game is just a compromise to help them get in another game, either as a tune-up for the good teams or a slightly better shot at a winning record for the bad ones.

    I don't think this is something they prefer overall. I don't think it's the final straw in an attempt to break away and do their own thing. I just think the P5 leagues understand that they operate at a different level because of the money they have available and they're acting on that. I'm still not sure it's going to work out for them, and I'm not sure it's the best plan for like College Football on the whole or in the long-term, but I think I understand their approach here.

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