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Florida State AD wants to keep Gators on future schedules

Loucheiz Purifoy, Rashad Greene AP

With the ACC contemplating expanding the conference schedule to nine games, the fear of some long time rivalries being altered or left behind is always a concern. With a handful of good rivalry games with SEC members traditionally in place at the end of the regular season, Florida State hopes to keep that tradition going.

In an interview with ESPN.com’s Florida State reporter David Hale, Florida State Athletics Director Stan Wilcox stressed the importance of working around rivalry games with SEC opponents, including Florida State’s annual games against Florida.

“Those aren’t going to change, and there’s enough votes in that room to not change those rivalries,” Wilcox stated. “We’re not concerned about that.”

As it stands for now, four ACC schools end the regular season with an SEC rival (Florida State vs. Florida, Georgia Tech vs. Georgia, Clemson vs. South Carolina, Louisville vs. Kentucky). That would give any vote on a scheduling matter four out of 14 votes expected to fall in line to support keeping those year-end rivalries in place.

The idea of an eight-game ACC schedule with an additional game set up with a sort of protected rival has been discussed by the ACC leaders, although nothing is close to being a finished product yet. It also requires cooperation from a partnering conference or a collection of other willing partners at the university levels. This is easier said than done, but a nice dream scenario to reach for. As the College Football Playoff era begins, the focus on strength of schedule has become more vital, not to mention the need to secure the best possible media packages.

“I think the issue is, if we collectively agree that we’re going to schedule up, we don’t have to come up with a hard rule we have to go to nine games, or everybody has to schedule one game against an SEC school,” Wilcox explained. “It’s just a matter of getting everybody to agree to that. If we’re concerned about strength of schedule, then everybody’s got to really schedule so that you have a strong schedule.”

Once again, this could prove to be easier said than done. Not every school in the ACC, or any conference for that matter, has the ingredient n place to jump right in to this sort fo scheduling method. There are only so many good teams to go around, and not every rivalry can fit in to place at the same time. Realignment is a giant jigsaw puzzle when it comes to this sort of stuff. The larger conferences get, sometimes the more difficult it becomes to please everybody.

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15 Responses to “Florida State AD wants to keep Gators on future schedules”
  1. fsu01 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:29 PM

    I hope this does work out. It would be a shame if this rivalry were to end. Whether it is a win or a loss for FSU, this rivalry makes the final Saturday in November exciting.

  2. stopthemadness101 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    Why would FSU want to give up easy victories?

  3. Professor Fate says: Feb 21, 2014 6:44 PM

    I’m still holding out hope that the SoS component convinces schools to drop exhibition games against non-FBS opponents. The ACC has the right idea in trying to keep their traditional rivalries in spite of a possible increase to nine conference games. Some other conferences would be wise to follow that scenario (looking at you, SEC).

  4. normtide says: Feb 21, 2014 8:15 PM

    SEC teams already rank very high on the SOS index. Why would they need to change anything? If your in the west, you play Bama, Auburn, LSU, and A&M every year. I’ll put those four teams up against any other league’s schedule any day. People act like SEC teams play easy schedules, when the data shows the opposite to be true.

  5. rodriguez456 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:57 PM

    FSU vs. Florida is required to be played by statute. Unlikely their will ever be a political vote to change that. Author should have done a little more homework – the 9 game schedule is interesting and creates all kinds of issues, but FSU/Florida legally must be played, and would take precedent over other conference obligations.

  6. floridacock says: Feb 21, 2014 8:57 PM

    The only way FSU were to increase it’s SOS is to leave the ACC. UF has not always been, nor will it always be an easy match up for FSU.

  7. thekingdave says: Feb 21, 2014 9:13 PM

    Lol @normtide throwing AtM in that group

  8. led65 says: Feb 21, 2014 11:01 PM

    @thekingdave A&M has a great offense and head coach. Other than FSU and Clemson there is no acc team that is even as good as A&M. So, the 6th or 7th best sec team would be at worse third best in the acc possibly second best because Clemson wasn’t exactly a world beater. Yes I considered Miami the team that needed 4 give me turnovers by driskel and one actual forced turnover on Matt jones to beat Florida by 5 points in Miami. Georgia southern beat Florida by 6 points in the swamp so what does that say about the canes? Oh and Miami’s “he is an” hyped back had what 40 yards in that game while a bunch of no stars put up 400+ yards against Florida on the ground. So laugh at A&M but the acc is garbage other than those two teams.

  9. led65 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:17 AM

    * “heisman” and I like how people can press down but not offer any reason for their disagreement other than the fact they have no argument and are having a tantrum because I’m right

  10. lolnfl says: Feb 22, 2014 12:45 AM

    @floridacock why would they leave? not everybody has to be in the SEC. the ACC is a fine conference and is no worse than the big 12 or big ten.

  11. led65 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:57 AM

    Lolnfl I’d say the account is worse than the big 12 and a step behind the big ten maybe equal depending on how Louisville responds to losing Bridgewater and Strong. The account has two legit teams. Nc state could be the number three depending on brissett and what weapons they have for him next year. Louisville will probably need a year to adjust. I’d take Michigan state, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio state over the acc lineup and the same for Oklahoma, OK state, Texas and Baylor. Unless Jacoby lights it up and louisville doesn’t miss a beat the account doesn’t have enough teams on that level.

  12. v2the4 says: Feb 22, 2014 2:19 AM

    if the ACC/SEC go to 9 games each, then we will probably see a couple of these rivalry games die because the schools will complain abouth the schedule.

    to alieviate that fear, the NCAA could allow for 13 games in a season, and that will give each school one extra game to schedule a cupcake, but then again, playing Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia or Wake Forest in conference is nearly the same as playing a cupcake like Kent St or Florida Atlantic.

  13. voiceofreason95 says: Feb 22, 2014 2:20 AM

    @stopthemadness101 short term memories considering FSU lost last year, oh and there was that whole 6 years straight thing a few years back, and 7-3 in the last ten matchups. One good year and FSU fans already have swollen heads, no class.

  14. fsu01 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:21 AM

    Voiceofreason, in all honesty you can look at the last 10 matchup and claim Florida is dominating or you can be reasonable as your name explains and see that this rivalry is cyclical. Prior to the 6 game streak, FSU won 4 of 5 and currently that is 3 of 4 meaning that in the last 15 matchup Florida leads the series by exactly 1 game 8-7. Any correct thinking person will see this matchup is about as even as can be expected.

  15. normtide says: Feb 22, 2014 11:39 AM

    FSU and voice, that’s why we call it a great rivalry. Cue the “throw out the record books”, because it’s true. One sided rivalries are forgotten. As much as I want to beat Auburn every year, it would no longer be the iron bowl. It would become a political game, like Navy vs ND.

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