Why Idaho State?

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 Dogs’ schedule the same year not by design, but because of  the difficulty of finding other compatible dates for the second games of two-game contracts with both schools. It just sort of worked out this way, and Georgia seems pretty determined not to let it work out the same way again. Georgia says, however, that  it is firmly committed to playing one BCS-level opponent  in addition to Tech each year.

Georgia will pay Louisiana Lafayette  $875,000 and Idaho State $525,000 for their trips to Athens next year.  Why the wide disparity?  Lower-tier I-A opponents (such as Louisiana Lafayette) can command more money than I-AA opponents  (such as Idaho State) because the NCAA allows only one victory per season over a I-AA opponent to count toward bowl eligibility.

The price for I-A opponents that do not require a return date continues to escalate. Georgia will pay New Mexico State $925,000 for a 2011 trip to Sanford Stadium and North Texas $975,000 for a 2013 trip.

When Idaho State plays in Athens next year, the typical Sanford Stadium audience  of 92,000-plus will represent the largest crowd ever to watch a Big Sky Conference team in action, Idaho State noted in its announcement of the game.

By the way, Idaho State (0-4) opened this season with a 47-point loss to . . . Arizona State, which lost to Georgia by 3 last weekend.

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On a different topic, I’ve gotten several questions about the possible kickoff times for the Oct. 10 Georgia-Tennessee game.  Here’s what is known for sure:  It’ll be an afternoon game.  Whether it’ll start at noon, 12:21, 12:30 or 3:30 won’t be known until after this weekend’s games. It won’t be a night game, because CBS has an exclusive 8 p.m. SEC window on Oct. 10 and already has selected Florida-LSU. There will be no SEC night games on the ESPN networks on Oct. 10.  If CBS doesn’t select Georgia-Tennessee for its 3:30 telecast, then the game will go into one of the noon-ish slots (12:00 on ESPN or 12:30 on ESPNU or 12:21 on the SEC Network syndication package).  CBS will pick its 3:30 Oct. 10 game after this weekend’s action  (no later than Monday).  Hope this makes sense.

94 comments Add your comment

MADMAN53191

September 29th, 2009
11:48 pm

rvadawg

September 29th, 2009
11:54 pm

Tim,
Are there any other bigger SEC games that weekend or does it appear to you UGA vs. UT will be it?

rvadawg

September 29th, 2009
11:55 pm

And by it I mean the 3:30 slot on CBS

Tim Tucker

September 30th, 2009
12:15 am

rvadawg: Alabama-at-Ole Miss is Oct. 10. If Ole Miss hadn’t lost to South Carolina, CBS might already have booked that one.

UgaJersey.com

September 30th, 2009
12:15 am

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ButlerDawg

September 30th, 2009
12:32 am

I would go ahead and book a 3:30 for UGA/UT.

KC in Athens

September 30th, 2009
12:41 am

Well, Tim, it’s not much different from having Tennessee Tech on the schedule this year. And we travel to Colorado next year. At least Idaho State will complement the other patsies that year: Louisiana and Georgia Tech that is.

Pago Flyer

September 30th, 2009
12:54 am

Do we still have to play the Gators?!

BS Patrol

September 30th, 2009
1:09 am

Another Super Powerhouse schededule for the doggies! Cupcake warmups galore!

icedawg

September 30th, 2009
1:17 am

Do we have to still play the Gators? Of course we do and we get big bucks from them to do it. Don’t you know that we are rated the equivalent of a 1-AA team on their schedule?

Nick

September 30th, 2009
1:24 am

yeah if GATECH could ever be taken off our schedule, maybe we’d get a little more respect from the networks and polls. After all, my high school stadium accommodated more fans than that Trash heap in Atlanta.

aarh

September 30th, 2009
1:30 am

aarh

September 30th, 2009
1:34 am

Cupcakes galore? UGAs schedule this yr. & last….is one of the toughest in the nation. So, I think they’re aboiut due for a break. It’s tough enough playing in the SEC already. There’s no need to add too many extra tough games on top of their reg. SEC schedule…especially considering that they have to play Tech every yr. too. If you want to accuse anybody of playing a cupcake schedule…go talk smack about teams that play in a lesser conference.

UGASlobberknocker

September 30th, 2009
5:43 am

I understand all of the logic behind scheduling people like Idaho State and Bumblef**k State. What I dont get is why other SEC teams like Alabama and Tennessee have no problem scheduling the better teams. Alabama has Penn State next yr..we get Idaho St. That is pitiful and as a season ticket holder it is a rip off to have 3 crappy games every yr out of 6. Ill still get em of course, but im gonna bitch about it. I wish Damon Evans would step up and schedule a real team but I guess that is never going to happen. I can hardly wait for this scintillating game next yr.

69 Dawg

September 30th, 2009
6:02 am

If Willie’s still around next year Idaho State could be an opponent to worry about. They can probably score at least 33 points on Willie’s D.
Really, when is something going to be done about Willie Martinez? Can Richt and Evans not read the handwriting on the wall. Look at all the stats … what in the world is going on? Is loyalty more important than the entire Georgia program. Come on Damon … put a little fire under Mark Richt. Yep, Idaho State could be the sleeper next year if Willie’s D continues on the same course as this year.

Old Gator

September 30th, 2009
6:04 am

The problem is that Georgia can’t win Championships by just the number of victorys alone. You have to not only beat other SEC teams but have a decent schedule as well. What value is there to beat Idaho State by 50 points for just a win. You can’t show how good you are by this type of win.

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Mac

September 30th, 2009
6:13 am

This year’s schedule was good and we should play quality programs each year not walk overs. May be that’s why we don’t seem to get as much respect on the national level as our records would indicate.

Ben Dover

September 30th, 2009
6:14 am

Guess CMR needs those gaudy win numbers on his resume which are deceiving. But ole Damon better be careful because we all know what happened at the Big House!

Jeff Owens

September 30th, 2009
6:17 am

Why nots the drive up window not open yet here at Mickey D’s. Ima Hungry!

Big Mac

September 30th, 2009
6:20 am

UGA is gonna be the walk over for LSU this weekend! Lesley is gonna take Markie to the woodshed!

Jeff Owens

September 30th, 2009
6:25 am

Man I show coulds use a cupcake now.

PoDunk U.

September 30th, 2009
6:30 am

Maybe we can play the mutts in a bowl game!

Motown Hound

September 30th, 2009
6:37 am

I’ll have an Idaho State with cream cheese icing and sprinkles on top.

Sautee Dawg

September 30th, 2009
7:23 am

Old Gator
Old Gator you can win Championships by playing these (Idaho State) type of teams. You may want to look at the Gators schedule before you make those comments. Charelston Southern, Troy, and Florida International. Hanging 50 or more points on the board against these type of teams don’t seem to have hurt the Gators ranking in the past and the present.

Hey, UGASlobberknocker...

September 30th, 2009
7:24 am

Which three are the UGA patsies on this year’s home schedule – SC, ASU, LSU, Tn Tech, AU, KY?

And didn’t AL play, this year, UT-Chattanooga, North TX State and FL International – yeah, those are real power houses!

And, UF plays FL International, Troy and Charleston Southern!

And, UT plays Ohio, Western KY, and Memphis!

I could go on, so just STFU if you don’t know of what you speak!!!!!

Wow

September 30th, 2009
7:26 am

You all bitch when the tough schedule comes out and bitch with an easier one. Look at Fla, Aub, ALA etc with their weak schedule thats how you get to be Nat’l Champs unfortunatly. Also, at this late date, it would be hard to get a quality team lined up for next yr as they more than likely full for 2010. These last 2 yrs schedule for UGA was determined yrs ago…when the ASU’s and OSU’s looked like a D1 program at the time

Sautee Dawg

September 30th, 2009
7:26 am

Enter your comments here

Swinging Richard

September 30th, 2009
7:29 am

Tech fans who come onto the UGA blogs at at 6 a.m. are so crazy. They really know how to “put it to” the Bulldogs. Whoa! Out of control fans galore….I’m telling you, their little quips against the Bulldogs are so witty I spit my coffee out. Really good stuff…now get ready for the school bus my little darlings.

Sautee Dawg

September 30th, 2009
7:44 am

Wow
Unfortunalty is right, weak schedules is what works for some schools, and then when the bowl invitations come out the BCS can use it against you if they so desire to get the matchup they want.
ESPN has been the biggest factor in the past few years, lets face it, how many times last year did you see ESPN Gameday from Utah? None. How many times did you see them on Sportscenter after a win? Maybe once after they beat Alabama.

Dan

September 30th, 2009
7:56 am

In light of the 2009 schedule, the 2010 schedule is “compensation” to balance things out. And a good thing, too, since UGA will be using untested QBs next season (discounting whatever mop-up time Logan Gray gets against Tenn Tech later this season). Good timing. Same thing worked out for Tech in 2008, playing a couple of 1-AA opponents the first year the Jackets were learning CPJ’s option offense.

Howabout a win

September 30th, 2009
8:14 am

As usual – UGA is returning to a schedule of creme puffs for their non-conference schedule. Come on – Idaho State and Louisiana Lafayette??
And when you try to defend this schedule by saying “well, the rest of the teams in the SEC does it” – only makes the SEC record against non-conference teams more stacked; so they (the SEC) can brag about how they do against nonconference schools. Just look at the non-conference schedule this year for the rest of the SEC – pretty pathetic.

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 30th, 2009
8:32 am

Not a UGA fan here, but I agree 100% with the move to play the tater farmers. UGA has learned of late, that playing a tough non-conference schedule doesn’t help anyone. For example, Florida has had one of the easiest non-conference schedules in the land this year, and it hasn’t hurt them in the rankings. Strength of schedule is overrated. All a strong schedule gets you is 2 or 3 losses and ranking of somewhere between 15 and 20. Just make sure you don’t pull a Michigan in one of these games.

AthensGA

September 30th, 2009
8:35 am

The would do better to schedule Clarke Central High School. Pathetic is right. I hope this keeps us out of the National Championship game then we could fire whoever is responsible for this travesty.

Saint Simons

September 30th, 2009
8:36 am

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha what a cupcake schedule !!!!!!!!!! 45 – 42 !!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

BG

September 30th, 2009
8:39 am

Look at UFs schedule this year. What a joke!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

September 30th, 2009
8:40 am

It’s pretty safe to say that less than a year out, there were not going to be any quality D-1 school who where going to be open to play us exactly that week, deeep into conference play.

How do you get this close and not already have that settled is my question.

GeoffDawg

September 30th, 2009
8:42 am

I hope we don’t have any more on ESPN U – I had to call three places to find somebody who even got that channel and even then, on an HD tv, the screen size was so screwed up, I couldn’t see the clock or the score the entire game. It’s a weird feeling not being able to tell how much time is left in the half.

Saint Simons

September 30th, 2009
8:42 am

I’m a homo and I live in my mothers basement.

Saint Simons' mother

September 30th, 2009
8:57 am

In 2010 Georgia Tech plays South Carolina. South Carolina State, that is.

And (Middle) Tennessee (State)

Saint Simons

September 30th, 2009
8:59 am

Geez, I hope Mom made me a PB&J sandwich for lunch. So I can have time to watch Spongebob before I head to work at Burger King. (Maybe she’ll make my bed while I’m at work if I’m lucky)

Jeremy Wallace

September 30th, 2009
8:59 am

Hey Old Gator,I sure bet you think Teboop did a fine job heading to the championship game this year after opening their year with that incredibly tough performance against the powerhouse from(wait for the build-up) Charleston.

MIKE

September 30th, 2009
9:05 am

WHY NOT?? LOOK AT FLA’S OOC SCHEDULE, LOOK AT BOISE, IT DOES NO GOOD TO
SCHEDULE TOUGH OOC OPPONENTS.

Worm

September 30th, 2009
9:20 am

The South Carolina Oct. 10 game has been chosen as the SEC game of the week! 12:30

Burdell

September 30th, 2009
9:24 am

GeoffDawg–

It’s called aspect ratio….change it!!!

GO JACKETS!!!

Gatorhater

September 30th, 2009
9:38 am

Enter your comments here
With UGA’s cupcake schedule for the next two years, I’m kinda glad I don’t buy home game tickets.
I feel for those who do.

Gatorhater

September 30th, 2009
9:43 am

Enter your comments here
Anybody out there know why Isreal Troupe isn’t getting play time?

q

September 30th, 2009
9:49 am

Enter your comments here What difference does it make to you as your bankrupt, financially and editorially, newspaper will not be around to cover the game.

dap01

September 30th, 2009
9:51 am

BS Patrol: If UGA has a soft schedule, who do you consider to have a difficult schedule.

UGA’s schedule compares in difficulty to ANY schedule in the nation.

Get a clue!

GeoffDawg

September 30th, 2009
9:54 am

Thanks for the tech (surprise, surprise) lesson Burdell. My gripe is to the good folks over at the U that the programming should be broadcast in a standard HD ratio.

Bub

September 30th, 2009
9:59 am

Tim one correction- there will be night games on ESPN/ESPN2 on Oct. 10, just not involving SEC teams.