September 2, 2016

Football Scheduling

I did a little research. Here's the (complete?) list of FBS teams Virginia has never played (Power 5 teams in bold):

Air Force 

Alabama 

Appalachian State 

Arizona 
Arizona State 
Arkansas 

Arkansas State 

Baylor 

Bowling Green 

California 

Charlotte 

Cincinnati 
Colorado 

FAU 
FIU 
Georgia Southern 
Georgia State 
Hawaii 
Houston 

Iowa 
Iowa State 
Kansas State 

Louisiana Lafayette 
Louisiana Monroe 

LSU 

Marshall 
Memphis 

Michigan State 
Mississippi State 
Nebraska 

Nevada 
New Mexico 
New Mexico State 
Northern Illinois 
North Texas 

Northwestern 

ODU (but it's coming in 2018 and 2020!

Oklahoma State 
Ole Miss 
Oregon State 

Rice 
San Diego State 
SMU 
South Alabama 

Stanford 
Texas A&M 

Texas San Antonio 
Texas State 
Toledo 
Tulsa 
UCF 
UMass 
UNLV 
USF 

Utah 

Utah State 
UTEP 

Washington State 

Western Kentucky



OOC games I am now totally convinced we should seek out:

California -- I would like to establish an annual rivalry here.  #1 public university vs. #1a public university.  East Coast vs. West Coast.  ACC vs. Pac-12.

Charlotte -- Proximity, Charlotte's a cool town to visit, and we could totally kick their ass.

Cincinnati -- I kinda wanna take them for a spin as a potential ACC school.

@ Hawaii (but only after another few years of Broncoball, and the associated winning) -- Give the guys a little reward for a job well done.

Iowa State -- Competitively, our equal.  Plus I have a good friend who is an ISU guy, so it'd be fun on a personal level.

Northwestern -- Count me among those who believe we should try to play against good academic schools.

Ole Miss -- I've always wanted to play them.  Just feel a general affinity for that school, for some reason.  Plus, I'd love the chance to visit the Grove.

Rice -- Another elite academic institution with an FBS football program.

Stanford -- It's a little bit scary, as Stanford now has a great program.  But once Virginia is built back up, this could be awesome.

UMass  -- It just feels like a fit.

@ UNLV (my lips to God's ears) -- I wanna go to Vegas for UVA football, baby!



OOC games we've already played at least once, that I'd like to see again:

Army -- Winnable, honorable, and gives us some exposure in NY.

Navy -- Instead of a Maryland rivalry with the Terps, let's forge one with the Midshipmen.

Kansas -- There are precious few P5 teams that we know we could crush.

Kentucky -- I want some SEC pelts.

Penn State -- This is a series that should occur about once every decade.  Make them a regular OOC opponent.

Rutgers -- New Jersey is prime recruiting territory for us, and it's two evenly-matched opponents, Virginia/Rutgers.

Texas -- I just really love our games against the Longhorns.

Tulane -- Good school, and if we play them at their place, New Orleans!

UCLA -- Very, very similar to Cal, and the reasons for desiring this game are the same.

UConn -- I like this series.  2016 will be the third time we've played them, and we get 'em at home in 2017.  I'd be cool to see a home & home with them pop up every decade, and/or just go ahead and add them to the ACC.

Vanderbilt -- I've always been jealous of Wake Forest for beating us to the punch on this regular opponent.  Maybe we could swoop in for the steal?  I want an excuse to regularly visit Nash Vegas.

West Virginia -- I know many Hoofans wouldn't want this game, but they are our neighbors and it makes sense to play them.  (Really, Virginia Tech should be playing them annually.)



Via Jamie Oakes at Wahoos247:

Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall was asked at the final VAF Function of the spring about his involvement in the out of conference scheduling process. 
Yes, I am involved,” said Mendenhall. “So, how our process works, Gerry Capone, our Football Operations Director, is always on the hunt for who needs games. A lot of times, this is five years out, which you try to project what kind of team you’ll have then, what kind of team they’ll have then, where you’ll be playing, how does that fit, and then you try to adjust as best you can, and then you have how much they want to be paid with you budget, etc.
So with no ninth ACC contest and keeping an FCS opponent on the schedule, Mendenhall outlined the perfect three remaining games on the out of conference schedule. 
With the three games remaining, I’d love to have an intriguing Power 5 matchup, maybe a mid-level intriguing, and someone we could just destroy (laughter)."



Future Schedules (filled in to look the way I want them to look).  The games we're actually scheduled for are in bold:

2017
William & Mary
Indiana
UConn
@ Boise State

2018
Richmond
@ Indiana
Ohio
ODU

2019
@ Notre Dame
VMI
Rice (home & home for 2019/2020)
@ Tulane (home & home for 2019/2023)

2020
@ ODU
@ Rice
Liberty
California (we agree to play them every even-numbered year)

2021
Illinois
@ BYU
Notre Dame
JMU

2022
@ Illinois
ODU
William & Mary
@ California

2023
BYU
Tulane
Richmond
@ Hawaii

2024
@ Notre Dame
VMI
California
@ UNLV

2025
@ BYU
Liberty
Navy (home & home for 2025/2026)
@ Northwestern (hone & home for 2025/2027)

2026
@ California
JMU
@ Navy
Kentucky (home & home for 2026/2027)

2027
William & Mary
Northwestern
@ Kentucky
@ Rutgers (home & home beginning 2027)



Thoughts?  Which OOC games would you like to see Virginia try to tackle?




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