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I'm already scared.
Kinda tired of playing these games in Dallas and Atlanta. Want to play some of these schools home and home.
I know why we do it the way we do it, but I'd rather trip to Madison and Ann Arbor and Blacksburg.
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Cowboy stadium, so Dallas.
Bielema is gone, so Wisconsin might actually stand a small chance.
BornToBeRed said: WPS, just a head's up. We might be the most family-friendly board on the network, so take it easy on your normal wps-ness.
We could have Kung Fu Jesus complete with eyes that shoot lasers as our coach and Saban would still rip out our spine and gargle it.
I understand its all part of the process with recruiting, primetime ABC slot, etc etc..............
It was cool to play in the Atlanta game the first few times, same with the trip to Dallas. But by the end of 2015 we will have done the Atlanta game 4 times since 2008 and Dallas 2 times since 2012.................
We do have a series scheduled to start with Michigan State home/away for 2016 and 2017.
2013 - Virginia Tech (ATL)
2014 - West Virginia (ATL)
2015 - Wisconsin (DAL)
2016 - Michigan State
2017 - @ Michigan State
Don't be surprised if that series with MSU doesn't happen. B1G will probably be at a 10 game schedule by then, so scheduling conflicts would probably come up.
couldn't agree more. If i am road tripping I would rather be able to knock off a college experience too.
This post was edited by dustelli 13 months ago
Not that it'll matter, but in the interest of fairness this tilt should be at Lambeau. Neutral field my anus... 103,000 Bama fans, min.
Wisky fans travel pretty well. I remember going to the Cap 1 Bowl in '07 for the Arkansas-Wisky game. They may have had more fans than we did. I think that was Bielema's first year there. Their fans were pretty nice compared to the Ohio State tards I encountered at the Sugar Bowl a couple years ago.
I would much rather play at these colleges too but these are recruiting games. Look at the neutral sire games we've played under Saban: Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Dallas. Now go look at the success we've had n those areas after the games. We just pulled five star Robinson away from Texas who is from around the Dallas area. It has a major impact on what we do IMO.
I can't tell which one is the smartest Bammer: you or Ich.
Agree on their traveling acumen, but bowl games are a different beast. Not that many are going to drop top dollar to trip to a game 1 beat down. Unless you're Bama fan.
You can't compare any fan base to tOSU. They'll straight up kill you.
Why? Are Wisconsin fans too poor to fly to Dallas?
The Michigan/Bama game was split 50/50.
Teams on this side of the country actually travel with their teams.
Weren't we supposed to be scared of Wisky a while back when we declined to play them? Seems I remember a big deal being made of that around here. Might be thinking of another team though
I would cancel as well if I were MSU. No one will blame you. Save yourselves the embarrassment, IMO.
Michigan fans are far more delusional imo. And yeah, I'd say they were less poor than Whisky fans. Former is obvious, latter I base off absolutely nothing.
Oregon brought like six fans to the smashdown in Dallas. Smart. And poor.
the recruiting angle has a lot to do with it, but also i think it has a lot to do with unusual scheduling and wanting at least 1 marque ooc game each year.
we have 16-17 with msu lined up, and 19-20 with ga tech.
we just got done with psu series.
dating back to the mid-early 00's, we've had some unusual schedule shifting.
here is a post i made on another board with a basic rundown of our scheduling the last decade or so:
pre-saban, bama had agreements with a few schools for home-n-home series (h-n-h) (psu, nd, gt). but all of them were 1 year apart from each other.
nd was late 00's, but got bumped back for a tbd date and then dropped.
we got fsu for a single year in 07 at last minute (for schedules, this happened about 1 year out, maybe not even that long).
saban gets to bama, and we got fsu in yr 1 and then psu coming up in year 3, and gt a year behind that, but saban wants some decent ooc games every year.
this is when the atl sports group gets the idea of kickoff games and bama gets in on it for 08 and 09 (clemson and vt).
then psu h-n-h. which was pushed back from mid 00's, btw.
somewhere in there we pick up an msu h-n-h in late teens (16-17) gt got bumped back further (19-20 i think), and left another 4 year period where we were scrambling to get games.
we got mich in 12, and the atl sport group invites us back for 13 (va tech) and 14 (wvu), and we aren't going to turn that down.
now all we have is 15 available, until another h-n-h with msu.
then 18 available until the h-n-h with gt.
so we had, at one point or another:
07/08/09 (don't remember exact dates, but it was late 00's) nd (dropped), picked up fsu/va tech/ clemson all neutral.
10/11 - psu (was actually pushed back from 04-05 i think)
12 - was 1 year open date, picked up mich nuetral
13/14 - gt series postponed, invited back to atl for kick for 2 years (va tech, tbd)
15 - open, tried to get wisky, in discussions with others
16/17 - msu h-n-h
19/20 - gt (series that was postponed)
that's prob not 100% accurate cause i did it off top of my head, but it's close.
i don't know why we keep sticking 1 year between h-n-h series, or why they keep getting bumped, but if all they can do to fill it is a neutral site game against a good opp, well, i'm glad. cause the alternative of getting another pansy is not to my liking.
and the reason we like the neutral games is 2 fold (from saban himself): 1 - we recruit those areas heavily (will start in texas with addition of a&m) and having a presence there is good pub. and 2 - it's like a pre-season bowl game, and they treat it as such. said it's invaluable for the kids to know that type atmosphere before it's the real deal.
fwiw, if it were up to me, it be all h-n-h's.
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Recruiting is part of the reason, but the question was asked to Saban at one of the Friday lunches last season and his answer had little to do with recruiting.
He said championships are won on nuetral site games and these games help prepare for that atmosphere and what goes into the days leading up to the games as well.
After last year, I would love for the to drop the Atlanta games and just play them in Dallas.....besides, no SEC team ever loses in Dallas anymore.
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