Georgia football takes on Charleston Southern on Saturday between the hedges for the final home game of the season. With the Dawgs taking on an FCS school this late in the season, it has sparked some discussion.
The Buccaneers are an FCS program, and while those teams need to be able to play teams like Georgia, it’s time to schedule them at the beginning of the season versus in November.
This argument of whether Power 5 schools should even schedule these “cupcake” games get brought up all the time, and while they do serve a purpose, they don’t this late in the season.
Most Power 5 teams play FCS opponents, but not always this late as the conference schedule usually is in full force right now.
The strength of schedule is a big factor in the College Football Playoff committee’s eyes — sometimes it is. Such teams like Georgia should consider that.
That said, scheduling FCS schools is vital for their survival. These schools make hundreds of thousands of dollars against Power 5 schools, and it helps them continue to have programs.
Head coach Kirby Smart discussed this topic in his Monday press conference and said it’s a see-saw. On one end, this promotes football and helps these FCS players dream alive of playing football, and on the other end, fans don’t want these matchups because, well, it usually always results in a blowout and noon kickoff — except for the times it doesn’t.
With the SEC expanding and allowing Oklahoma and Texas in, there will be even fewer chances to schedule FCS opponents, which isn’t ideal. We’re not suggesting they get rid of them altogether.
Stop planning them for November when there is a perfect season and potentially a national title on the line.
Georgia needs to continue scheduling FCS programs and put them at the beginning of the season. It’s admirable that Smart wants to help promote football, so let’s keep it going while they can.