by Richard Hefner
Here are the charts that were left out in my earlier article – a ten year look by team at their schedule. I am providing all 5 conferences & not just the ACC & Big 10.
Just remember in the Big 10, Big 12 & Pac 12 an average individual team would need to schedule 10 P5, 10 G5 & 10 FCS teams over ten years. The ACC & SEC are the same but must make a choice between the remaining 10 games. Do they schedule hard & add all P5 or soft & Schedule an additional 10 G5 games? Or some combination?
It is hard from a summary to know who is scheduling hard. But IMO, if a team has 14 or more P5 games currently scheduled, they are scheduling “hard”. Here are the summaries:
The problem with summaries is you don’t see the whole story of an individual team.
For example, West Virginia has this summary line:
It looks like they are scheduling one P5 game a year. But here is their year by year posted schedule:
I know from prior years & 21 – 24, WVCC has scheduled 2 P5 games a year. Now I am assuming they are going to schedule 2 P5 games into the future. But they have a new HC. Do they have a new AD? Is their going to be a change sea change in scheduling to only 1?
BTW, the @East Carolina is the away game of a H/A. The home game was played in 2017.
The above is why I don’t copy & paste individual teams. Once I have a template, I use it over & over. There are teams that have scheduled 3 P5 games or three G5 teams. To make it fit on a page, especially for those who use a phone as their primary way to access the POV, I must individually manipulate every team to delete empty spaces & still make it pretty.
Editor’s Note: Fortunately there are lots of websites out there that have future FBS schedules. Not in the same handy format as Richard’s data, but good enough. Here is a link to one: Link to FBSSchedules.com
Here is Pitt’s non-con through 2025 for reference. Looks like The ‘Duzz for the most part favors one or two P5 opponents per year. Although you’ll note the renewal of the “River City Rivalry” in 2023 and 2024. This is not a P5 game, but if Cincinnati stays at their current level, it is by no means a cupcake.