First and foremost, I’d like to give a shout-out to Staking The Plains reader Scott, who emailed me the spreadsheet and compiled all of the data. He emailed it to me months ago and so I don’t think much has changed, but if it has, I’d bet it is just one or two teams. Still, I thought this was a neat exercise and one where you can cross some teams off your list as well as get an idea as to who would be considered.
|Boston College Eagles||Y||Umass, Holy Cross|
|Duke Blue Devils||Y*||Northwestern, Baylor, Army||Already playing Baylor|
|Florida State Seminoles||Y*||Notre Dame, Florida||Already 2 Power teams|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||Y||Tulane, Georgia|
|Miami (FL) Hurricanes||N||Full|
|NC State Wolfpack||N||Full|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||Y||California, E. Carolina|
|Pittsburgh Panthers||Y*||Penn St, Notre Dame||Already 2 Power teams|
|Syracuse Orange||Y||Notre Dame, Uconn|
|Virginia Cavaliers||Y||Richmond, Indiana|
|Virginia Tech Hokies||N||Full|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||N||Full|
So, it looks like Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina Syracuse and Virginia are the options. That Louisville game would be pretty fun and I’d love to see Georgia Tech.
|Big Ten||Possible?||Currently Scheduled||Notes|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||N||Full|
|Michigan Wolverines||Y*||Arkansas, SMU||2 teams from same region|
|Michigan State Spartans||Y||Arizona St, C. Michigan|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||Y||Miami (OH)|
|Northwestern Wildcats||Y*||Duke, Notre Dame||Already 2 Power teams|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Y*||Oregon St, TCU||Already 2 Power teams|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||N||Full|
|Purdue Boilermakers||Y||E. Michigan, Missouri|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||Y*||Kansas, Miami (FL)||Already 2 Power teams|
|Wisconsin Badgers||Y||New Mexico, BYU|
So maybe Michigan State, Minnesota (did wonders for TCU), Purdue and Wisconsin are all options for the Big Ten.
|Arizona State Sun Devils||N||Full|
|California Golden Bears||N||Full|
|Oregon Ducks||Y||Bowling Green|
|Oregon State Beavers||Y*||Ohio St, Nevada||Usually only plays 1 power team/year|
|Stanford Cardinal||Y||San Diego St, Notre Dame|
|USC Trojans||Y*||Texas, Notre Dame||Already playing Texas|
|Washington State Cougars||N||Full|
Well, Oregon jumps off the page here as an option, Stanford and possibly Oregon, but as Scott noted, they usually only play one Power Five team each year.
|Alabama Crimson Tide||Y||TBA|
|Arkansas Razorbacks||Y*||Michigan, North Texas||Just finished playing them|
|Florida Gators||Y||Florida State|
|Georgia Bulldogs||Y||Georgia Tech|
|LSU Tigers||Y*||Miami (FL)||Miami already neutral site…so would most likely schedule home/home|
|Mississippi State Bulldogs||Y*||Kansas St, Louisiana Tech||Already Playing Kansas St|
|Missouri Tigers||Y||Wyoming, Purdue, Memphis|
|Ole Miss Rebels||Y||TBA|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||Y||Clemson|
|Tennessee Volunteers||Y*||West Virginia, ETSU, Charlotte||Already Playing West Virginia|
|Texas A&M Aggies||Y||Clemson|
|Vanderbilt Commodores||Y||Middle Tenn St|
I’m guessing that Alabama an dAuburn are options, as are Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. So, there appears to be quite a few options in the SEC.
|Notre Dame||Y||2 spots left||No one from the Big 12 is on their schedule|
Well, let’s just do this. We could all use a road trip to South Bend, right?
So, let’s hear what you think would be your top five options for the 2018 game?