Future College Football Schedules Lined With Fantastic Games
Future College Football Schedules: Star Clashes
The TCU Horned Frogs and Ohio State Buckeyes announced plans for a home-and-home series beginning in 2018. From the limited quotes offered by university presidents and conference commissioners, the selection committee’s rubric for choosing four teams in a college football playoff includes strength of schedule. That means moving away from September MAC opponents for the Big Ten and Conference USA foes in the Big 12.
Early in the first month of the 2018 season, the Buckeyes will travel to Amon G. Carter Stadium for the first time with the Horned Frogs making the return trip to Columbus the following year.
Assuming Ohio State president Gordon Gee hasn’t drowned in a room full of bowties yet, it would be high comedy if he attends either clash with TCU. Prior to the Horned Frogs manhandling the brawny Wisconsin offensive line in the 2010 Rose Bowl, Gee commented that Boise State, TCU and those programs not residing in an automatic-qualifier conference resembled the “little sisters of the poor.”
There’s been no public proclamation form Gee on this matchup but he’s probably too busy spending taxpayer money to have heard the announcement.
As for the teams themselves, I’d put more money on Gary Patterson still roaming the TCU sideline in 2018 than Urban Meyer doing the same at the Horseshoe. Patterson reached an apex in Fort Worth that a drug scandal couldn’t put a dent in. He’s won a Rose Bowl, guided the Horned Frogs to the Big 12 and occupies a job that suits his personality. Meyer is a rock star and he’ll win the Big Ten once the Buckeyes are eligible but no matter his family contracts or press conference clichés, he’s always a flight risk.
As long as Patterson remains in purple and Ohio State doles out $4-5 million on head coaches, this series is appointment viewing.
And that’s not the only slate of games later this decade certain to draw a national audience, click through for more of these college football clashes.
USC Trojans v. Texas Longhorns
The USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns staged an epic BCS National Championship at the conclusion of the 2005 season and they’ll reacquaint themselves in 2017. Five falls from now, the Longhorns will travel to Los Angeles for a game that might provoke a bit of nostalgia on either side.
For USC, the “three-Pete” would have entombed a dynasty. For Texas, no matter Vince Young’s struggles in the NFL, he couldn’t be more beloved for his work in Pasadena. In September 2018, the Trojans trek to Austin and if Lane Kiffin is still in charge, he and Ed Oregeron are more than likely to find Sixth Street very inviting.
Notre Dame Fighting v. Irish Texas Longhorns
For much of the last two years, talk about Notre Dame and the Big 12 centered around the relationship of Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Whether the BFF’s were truly that probably depended on the burnt orange tint, but Notre Dame’s selection of the ACC for their Olympic sports put a future series with Texas in peril. Worry no longer. The Fighting Irish and Longhorns still plan to tangle in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020
The bookend dates are in South Bend with the middle two held in Austin. In three years, I pray the realignment saga has substantially subsided. Should Swarbrick and Dodds still be employed by their institutions though, expect some Big 12-ACC ribbing assuming the SEC doesn’t maintain a stranglehold on the sport.
Oregon Ducks v. Texas A&M Aggies
In 2018 and 2019, the Oregon Ducks and Texas A&M Aggies are pegged to meet in a matchup that may unearth recruiting tales gone bad more than anything else. The Ducks famously stole athlete Bralon Addison on Signing Day last year from the Aggies.
A recruiting cycle prior though, it was the team in College Station that flipped a wily Kerrville quarterback named Johnny Manziel away from Eugene. Following their careers and the success each individually causes for their final collegiate selection makes this matchup of SEC-Pac 12 intriguing.
Tennessee Volunteers v. Oklahoma Sooners
Two years from now, the Tennessee Volunteers and Oklahoma Sooners meet in Norman for the first leg of their home-and-home. Chances Derek Dooley coaches that game? Those are slim. Chances Bob Stoops coaches it? Those are a little better. The Sooners plan to travel to Knoxville in 2015 for the return trip and there’s no telling if they’ll be facing a Kirby Smart, a Charlie Strong, a Dan Mullen, a Sonny Dykes or any number of names that could succeed Dooley.
What’s most important though is this matchup pits the Big 12 and SEC together outside of the Champions Bowl format. Too often, these regional neighbors avoid September clashes to save face on an undefeated schedule. Credit to the athletic departments at each school for following through on a series that will have most of the American college football populace engaged.