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2017 schedule

Postby woffordgrad94 on Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:25 pm

I am trying to figure out our schedule for 2017. I know we will probably play 11 games as usual (we never play 12). I know we play at South Carolina in Willy Brice in November. Here's what I know so far:

@South Carolina, @The Citadel, @Mercer, @VMI, @ETSU, Furman, WCU, Samford, Chattanooga

So we need two more games. Even though I don't like it, history tells me that one of those games will probably be a non D1 opponent at home. Hopefully that does not happen but I'm sure it will. THe other game will be an either an FCS opponent or another FBS. I think two FBS is too many personally. I hope we have a good FCS opponent for that final game and it would be really sweet is it could be at home and give us a sixth home game. Hopefully we have or we will set up nice home and home with a quality FCS opponent. If it were me, I'd try to schedule 2 FCS opponents and 1 FBS ever year out of conference, but then again I realize how hard it is to schedule non-conference games. Some FCS teams won't play us (particularly in Gibbs) due to a number of varied reasons, such as our option offense, mediocre stadium (compared to some other FCS schools) mediocre attendanc (compared to some other FCS schools) and the fact that we will be projected to have a very good team next year. Oh, and there's also travel expenses. Does anyone know anything regarding those last two schedule slots?
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby walliver on Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:18 pm

I've heard that Charleston Southern has been talking to us and FU about playing games.
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby youngterrier on Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:01 pm

If we play a full division one schedule, we make the playoffs.

Especially if it's a decent CSU team (decent being the baseline, who knows how good they'll be next year). The playoff committee has shown that you really just need 6 D1 wins and a tough schedule to make the playoffs. If we finish 7-4 we make the playoffs I think
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby Eyes of Old Main on Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:48 pm

CSU would be a worthy OOC opponent. They will be good again next year, I believe, and would likely sign a home and home. My preference would be for something a little more diverse. I really enjoyed playing Tennessee Tech these last two years as they are a bit more distant. I think playing games like that a little further away and/or against less familiar foes is a benefit if we make the playoffs again. Ideally, I'd love to re-establish a permanent OOC home and home with PC (for old times sake, proximity and schedule consistency) and then schedule up something a little more aggressive for the other FCS OOC game (maybe a southern CAA or eastern OVC team). Time will tell, though. We'll probably end up with VA-Wise and G-W.
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby Terryer on Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:57 pm

I seriously hope we don't schedule a Division II school again. Only advantages appear to be gaudy stats, a home game, and playing lots of reserves.
I liked the recent two-game set with Tennessee Tech and the four game-set with Gardner-Webb. Competition was good/average and the travel was not that far.
It seems like we should be able to pull games with other FCS schools based on their proximity, even if it is a non-scholly FCS program (Davidson, Campbell, Jacksonville). I think we were scheduled to play Jacksonville a few years back, correct?

I would love to see us play Patriot League (Georgetown, Lehigh, Lafayette, Bucknell) or Colonial Athletic (Richmond, William & Mary) schools that have similar academics to Wofford. PC tends to schedule 2, sometimes 3, FBS schools to keep their coffers full. I wonder if the coaching change there will bring about future games with Wofford.

I found this map interesting depicting the locations of the FCS schools. Just wonder how much proximity plays into scheduling a game.

http://www.championshipsubdivision.com/fcs-team-map/
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby boulder3m on Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:31 pm

That map is quite a striking reminder of how difficult it is to add members to a conference or change alignment. Scheduling has got to be a bear. RJ has been on the FCS Football Committee for awhile, and he knows everyone out there. I don't know what we have to pay a FCS program like those in the MEAC or Big South to come play us, but would imagine it is not a money maker.
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby lawdog on Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:50 pm

Campbell just moved up. Could see a game with them.
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby TerrierbobII on Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:35 pm

Terryer-- That is a very cool map. I've wondered is such a thing existed. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby woffordgrad94 on Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:15 pm

We could play Davidson. That would be just like playing an NAIA school but we would get credit of playing an FCS school.
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby Terryer on Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:45 pm

The map shows that the SoCon is pretty clustered with the longest road trip between teams being Samford and VMI.
I can't imagine the travel costs of the schools in the Big Sky or Missouri Valley conferences.
It was fun watching San Diego, a non-scholly FCS school, play Cal Poly (win) and North Dakota State (lose) in the playoffs. Their nearest conference opponent in the Pioneer League is over 1,000 miles to the east. Ouch...
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby walliver on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:02 am

woffordgrad94 wrote:We could play Davidson. That would be just like playing an NAIA school but we would get credit of playing an FCS school.


1) Most NAIA schools would beat Davidson.
2) There are only a few Pioneer schools in the South: Davidson, Campbell (for the time being), Stetson, and Jacksonville (they backed out on us a few years ago). There are a lot of schools in the Big South and SoCon, as well as OVC and CAA, competing for those games, and most would outbid us. Davidson did get paid for a whopping by the Citadel last year, but I think they would be hesitant to get stomped by little old Wofford and have to explain why larger Davidson is unable to play big boy football.
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Re: 2017 schedule

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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby mudrat43 on Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:18 pm

Thought I read somewhere Wyoming had us as their throw-down game next season. Maybe I was dreaming or swallowed too much swamp water.....am I wrong?
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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby youngterrier on Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:36 pm

Assuming they play 8 games in the MWC, it would appear that is not the case that, so no

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Re: 2017 schedule

Postby Eyes of Old Main on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:58 pm

The Wyoming game is in 2018. My guess is that this game came out of Wyoming's coach being Craig Bohl who was at NDSU when we played them in 2012.

We play at South Carolina in 2017 and at Clemson in 2019.
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