Georgia’s 2009 football schedule is an aberration, what with three non-conference games against opponents from BCS leagues: Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Georgia Tech. Georgia’s norm will be two such opponents: Tech and one other.
Next year’s schedule will be the norm.
That schedule was finalized Tuesday, with word that Idaho State will -– for a tidy fee of $525,000 — travel 2,000 miles from Pocatello to Athens to play the Bulldogs on Nov. 6, 2010. The Bengals join Louisiana Lafayette, Colorado and, of course, Georgia Tech on the Dogs’ 2010 non-conference schedule.
So that adds up to two BCS opponents (Colorado and Tech), one lower-tier Division I-A opponent (Louisiana Lafayette) and one I-AA opponent (Idaho State). And that’s essentially the schedule model Georgia wants.
(Yes, I know the NCAA no longer uses the I-A and I-AA designations. But it’s still clearer than the current designations of FBS and FCS, right?)
Oklahoma State and Arizona State wound up on the