We had them last year.
Michigan still sucks
I, too, still have the 11-game schedule number fixed into my head.
and Murray State is the only real dreg in that slate. Arkansas State has been a decent G5 program for a while now.
Their cross-over games are Auburn and Texas A&M; they have another OOC game against Georgia Tech; and they still have their SEC East slate, which while not the grind that the SEC West is, will have two or three top 25 teams. It'll be one of the ten hardest schedules in college football next year.
Look at their schedule following that bye:
@ Georgia Tech
That's five teams that finished in Sagarin's final top 30 in an eight game stretch, plus two traditional rivals (one Tier 1, another Tier 2) on the road.
Give me a break.
next year. There are ten P5 teams, a decent G5 team, and a tomato can. There are probably five to six ranked teams on that schedule before they potentially play in the SEC title game. No one should be throwing stones at that schedule, including us. We look like morons doing so.
I detect some big time pro-Georgia bias. You live in that state, don't you?
I have no UGA connection, and I live in Chicago. I find it a bit amusing that some Notre Dame fans are trying to tear down that schedule. It is objectively at least as difficult as ours, and their SoS usually pisses all over ours. Their SoS according to Sagarin over the last six years:
They have a built-in SEC East schedule, a built-in crossover game against a Tier 1 program, and a built-in OOC game against a Tier 2 program. They’ve tried to play at least one good out of conference opponent most years for about a decade now. Their schedule is typically better than ours is, and some fans look like try hards trying to downplay that. They had a “down” schedule this year and still ended up playing five top fifteen teams - four that won Big Six bowl games - including their bowl game and another two that received votes.
The point is that Georgia will have a week off before they play Notre Dame and another week off after the game.
better than New Mexico. Georgia will have one of the five-to-ten most difficult schedules in the country next year, and I am willing to gamble that it will be tougher than ours.
Arkansas state did the same things we did in 2010 - 2012.
Louisville is terrible, then New Mexico, UGA and then Virginia instead of an off week.
Not that inspiring
and Georgia only has to play ND.
Excellent new coach...first game...we need to be ready to play. We should win, but we need to avoid overconfidence.
Who cares how confident an internet forum is that ND will beat Louisville? They stunk last year and ND played in the playoff, ND should kick their ass. If they don’t it’ll be a disappointment. But overconfidence here has no bearing on the actual players. If they don’t perform well because of overconfidence, there will be one man to blame for that. Not “us”.
I am in NC and Satterfield is very well liked down here.
That was Jerry Moore, who oddly was fired after the 2012 season because the program had fallen off. Satterfield replaced him and has won 10+ games 3 of 5 seasons (and 3 Sun Belt titles) since they joined FBS. He's a good one.
it still beats what UGA is playing.
Not great, but decent.
because well they play a tough SEC schedule.
To be fair, ND and Ga Tech is probably better than any other SEC team will play out of league, and adding A&M as their cross-division game makes it a pretty reasonable schedule. As pointed out above, if you're going to schedule a Sun Belt team, Arkansas State is among the best, too, and certainly would beat whoever our worst opponent is most of the time.
The team that will get an undeserved pass is Bama, which plays freaking Duke as their showcase neutral-site game, three more tomato cans (including an FCS) and again dodges both Georgia and Florida in the regular season (though they'll likely face the Dawgs yet again in Atlanta).
We play three power 5 schools and another FBS team. We knew U of Mex. would be bad when scheduled, Louisville was probably seens as tough game when scheduled. UVA is part of our ACC package (as is Louisville). Murray State? Arkansas St?