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Muschamp hints no more FCS on Gator schedules

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Strength of schedule is going to likely be a key variable in the College Football Playoff equation starting this season, and conferences and schools are all taking that into consideration. That includes Florida head coach Will Muschamp, who said during the SEC meetings in Destin, Florida Tuesday the Gators may be looking to avoid games against FCS opponents in the coming years.

There is no scheduling policy in the SEC against scheduling FCS opponents, but it is a practice that some schools may look to avoid doing in order to boost strength of schedule for the individual program, but doing so would also boost the conference’s overall strength of schedule as well. That is part of the reason is mandating every school in the SEC to schedule one opponent from anther power conference. Florida meets that requirement with annual games against Florida State.

Muschamp’s quote is an interesting one considering how last season played out for the Gators. A dismal season hit a low point toward the end of the season when Florida was defeated at home by Georgia Southern, a program from the FCS that is making the move up to FBS in 2014. Muschamp also suggested he would be open to considering a neutral-site game against Miami, which has been an idea floating around recently.

Florida has one FCS opponent scheduled in upcoming years at the moment. The Gators will host Eastern Kentucky on November 22, a week before traveling to Tallahassee for the annual rivalry game against Florida State.

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18 Responses to “Muschamp hints no more FCS on Gator schedules”
  1. overratedgators says: May 27, 2014 1:01 PM

    Good idea: didn’t go so well for the Gators last time.

  2. tampabayirish says: May 27, 2014 1:26 PM

    Great idea. Hope it gets adopted across all of college football.

  3. gatorprof says: May 27, 2014 2:00 PM

    Great idea on multiple levels.

  4. bfree2k says: May 27, 2014 2:17 PM

    D’uuuh! Another idea would be to schedule an FCS opponent for spring games. It would be an actual game (still implement no hitting of qb’s and no blitzing) instead of these glorified practice sessions they call games now. They’d draw more fans, they’d satisfy that football “jones” we all have right before summer and would be hella better tv veiwing.

  5. germanflats13a38 says: May 27, 2014 2:41 PM

    Wasn’t there a recent report/story about a summer game over seas?

    That could be fun to watch during the spring. Especially if it helped get rid of Thursday games.

  6. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says: May 27, 2014 2:43 PM

    They’re already too scared to play Miami anywhere but a neutral sight and now this? Soft Will, just soft #5thbestteaminthestate

  7. germanflats13a38 says: May 27, 2014 2:46 PM

    Found it. Only applies to non-scholarship programs. So sad.

  8. irishdodger says: May 27, 2014 3:13 PM

    Props to Coach Muschamp. There are plenty of lesser FBS schools that could fill these spots…so at least they’re all D1A. And please, no comments on how these poor FCS schools depend on these paycheck games. Since when do fans of BCS schools worry about being charitable to an FCS school?

  9. kinggator says: May 27, 2014 3:41 PM

    How did he keep his job @ 4-8 and a loss at home to Georgia Southern… SMH!

  10. bfree2k says: May 27, 2014 4:12 PM

    kinggator says:

    How did he keep his job @ 4-8 and a loss at home to Georgia Southern… SMH!

    Have you ever heard the cliche “It’s cheaper to keep her”? Same thing applies to high priced college coaches. He’s still owed 2 years and $4M dollars on his current contract. Fire him and you still have to pay him plus another coach at the same time. UF is not an NFL team nor is UT or ND.

  11. kinggator says: May 27, 2014 4:42 PM

    They had a $49M profit @ 4-8 last year, they owe Coach Muschamp $8M over the next 2 years; Isn’t kind of just understood that if you lose to a FBS school at home you just put the “For Sale” sign up in your yard and move on at any big school. Just saying…

  12. imaduffer says: May 27, 2014 8:41 PM

    Don’t worry, South Carolina and Alabama will keep up the tradition.

  13. stevephoenix says: May 27, 2014 9:33 PM

    On the contrary I heard that Georgia Southern is on the verge of scheduling Florida as a cupcake game.

  14. howthenfcwestwaswon says: May 27, 2014 11:02 PM

    Has Florida ever left the state for an OOC game? They can’t expect every D-I opponent is going to come to them.

  15. florida727 says: May 28, 2014 7:24 AM

    As a Gator fan, all I can say is it’s about freaking time. No one, not even the most die-hard of Gator fans, enjoy those games. Yeah, okay, we lost one. Big freaking deal. Bottom line is we’ve padded our record for years with those meaningless scrimmages. We want REAL games top-to-bottom on the schedule, win or lose. If we win, great. If we lose, that’s part of sports. Still rather lose to a quality program like Miami or FSU than win against North Carolina AM&NQZ School for The Blind. There is no joy in winning those “games”.

  16. crazycane says: May 28, 2014 8:26 AM

    What’s lower than FCS? I guess we could look at Baylors schedule to answer that.

  17. kaspauf says: May 28, 2014 1:44 PM

    Anyone talking about 4-8 last season for UF can look at the season before it 11-1 (regular season standings only).

    The offense put up similar stats, terrible passing O and a solid but not great run game yet 11-1 then 4-8 well two things stand out here:

    The amount of injuries and the absence of special teams are your two biggest factors and it is not even close. We go from an NFL starting kicker to a highly touted kid who doesn’t even connect on 50% of his FG attempts last season (not to mention the field position was not flipped quite as well this year in the punting game).

    I can’t stand playing the D1-AA teams, yes Ga Southern beat UF last year and that is a great win for their program but when is the last time UF lost to one? The fans don’t show up for the games and the ones that do hardly stay the whole time, it really doesn’t help much besides padding a W-L record. I hope all teams can go to this but that will be very difficult based on scheduling, maybe add that extra conference game but something has to be done to make sure both teams are not scheduled a particular weekend ( possibly play your first 3 OOC games to start the season so every team has more flexibility then but that means the end of season rivalry games may have to be moved but I am sure something could be figured out). Also, going away from the smaller schools (no offence) means a home game isn’t wasted and the atmosphere should be wild the whole time instead of feel like a scrimmage by half time.

  18. wolfman55h says: May 29, 2014 12:55 PM

    Dead man walking!

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