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Old 09-04-17, 08:27 AM   #26
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Re: College Football Week 1, 2017.

For the most part, this is just something that they do in the beginning (mainly the first weekend) of the season, for non-conference games, and a lot of it has come about in the last 10 years or so.

In many cases, these types of games wouldn't happen if they weren't being played at a neutral site, because the two teams involved wouldn't agree to a home and home series. The upper echelon schools generally like to play as many of their non-conference games at home as possible, because they make a shit ton of money from playing home games. When you're trying to schedule another high profile school in a non-conference game, they won't agree to a one off game at your stadium. They want a return game, which means you lose a home game. These neutral site games generally pay the schools MORE than they typically make from a home game, and they don't have to play a return game at the other team's stadium. So it's more attractive to the schools than a home and home series. It's a way to get high profile matchups early in the season that you might not get otherwise.
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Old 09-04-17, 08:51 AM   #27
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Re: College Football Week 1, 2017.

Man I wish I had watched that UCLA game last night.

In case you missed it on Saturday, UNLV set some College Football history of their own -- They were upset 43-40 at home by Howard University (!) despite being favored by 45 points. It was the biggest upset against the spread in the history of College Football.
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Old 09-04-17, 10:24 AM   #28
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Re: College Football Week 1, 2017.

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For the most part, this is just something that they do in the beginning (mainly the first weekend) of the season, for non-conference games, and a lot of it has come about in the last 10 years or so.

In many cases, these types of games wouldn't happen if they weren't being played at a neutral site, because the two teams involved wouldn't agree to a home and home series. The upper echelon schools generally like to play as many of their non-conference games at home as possible, because they make a shit ton of money from playing home games. When you're trying to schedule another high profile school in a non-conference game, they won't agree to a one off game at your stadium. They want a return game, which means you lose a home game. These neutral site games generally pay the schools MORE than they typically make from a home game, and they don't have to play a return game at the other team's stadium. So it's more attractive to the schools than a home and home series. It's a way to get high profile matchups early in the season that you might not get otherwise.
Well put ... I also have to think these higher profile games help with national recruiting. That was one of the reasons Notre Dame gave for doing the Shamrock Series game at a neutral site , plus I am sure the $
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Old 09-04-17, 11:20 AM   #29
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Re: College Football Week 1, 2017.

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For the most part, this is just something that they do in the beginning (mainly the first weekend) of the season, for non-conference games, and a lot of it has come about in the last 10 years or so.

In many cases, these types of games wouldn't happen if they weren't being played at a neutral site, because the two teams involved wouldn't agree to a home and home series. The upper echelon schools generally like to play as many of their non-conference games at home as possible, because they make a shit ton of money from playing home games. When you're trying to schedule another high profile school in a non-conference game, they won't agree to a one off game at your stadium. They want a return game, which means you lose a home game. These neutral site games generally pay the schools MORE than they typically make from a home game, and they don't have to play a return game at the other team's stadium. So it's more attractive to the schools than a home and home series. It's a way to get high profile matchups early in the season that you might not get otherwise.
Yep, but that's what makes what OSU and OU did for last year/this year great.

I'm ambivalent on college football neutral site games. There are only 12 games in a season, and they typically get strong crowds as such (and works for a Labor Day holiday weekend for travel). But I really don't like them in college hoops outside of the early season tourneys.
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I think a side effect of the neutral site games are some better early season games. Before instead of Alabama v Florida State ... you would probably have those teams playing some directional school or bottom feeder in a non Power 5 conference .... maybe not because how the playoff teams are picked now, but I do think it is an incentive for some better week 1 games.
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