Back Is Georgia State’s Scheduling Strategy Beneficial?

Back To Sun Belt

Is Georgia State’s Scheduling Strategy Beneficial?

By Kenzie Stanford
SouthernPigskin.com
Follow us at Twitter.com/SouthernPigskin.  Become a fan at the SouthernPigskin.com Facebook Page

Georgia State has scheduled numerous non-conference games against traditional powers in attempt to generate revenue for the program.

Alright, we have all recently seen multiple feature articles on Georgia State, and it seems necessary to evaluate some questions that may arise about the program’s future regarding its growth in the FBS. Note: this is an open-ended discussion that is relevant to the Panthers’ recent commitments on their upcoming football schedules.

So we have recently seen the non-conference matchups that each Sun Belt team will face this season on their schedule. For Georgia State, Oregon is the biggest non-conference foe it will face this fall. Recently, though, the Panthers have gone ahead and scheduled a 2020 game against Alabama and a 2021 game against Auburn.

As noted by FBS Schedules’ Kevin Kelley, “Per terms of the contract, Alabama will pay Georgia State a $1.3 million guarantee for the game.” He continued by stating, “On Sept. 25, 2021, Georgia State will travel to face the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn will pay GSU a $1.25 million guarantee for the game, which will be the first meeting between the two schools.”

So overall, Georgia State will make a profitable total of $2.55 million on these two games.

With that being said, these games are scheduled to obviously build the Panthers’ football program – but making money can only be the solution for so long. There is a certain point when Georgia State is going to have to extend different options. Accordingly, it is understandable why the games against Oregon in 2015 and Wisconsin in 2016 are happening, and there should be no serious questions about those.

But realistically, Georgia State’s football program has been less than spectacular in recent years (1-23 in the past two seasons) and there is a fine line between profitable schedules and the demoralization of a program with these "body bag" games.

Who knows: there might not be a solution to finding a common ground between exposure and wins, but there probably should be a discussion about it. Mind you, Georgia State has the potential to eventually become a top football program if its efforts toward exposure and recruitment work in its favor – but this does not discredit the concerns for the amount of top tier teams the Panthers have scheduled for the next seven years.

But the history of mid-major conferences scheduling these games is there, and the alternatives are slim. With this type of exposure and income, there’s the likelihood for a profitable outcome in means of future recruitment for Panther prospects.

Right now, Georgia State is going to need to build an identity under its growing program, and to do so the Panthers might have to schedule some of these "body bag" games in order to challenge their record – but are these "Power Five" programs the answer?

Kenzie Stanford - Kenzie Stanford is a Georgia Southern student and Atlanta native who spent her summer as an intern at Turner Sports and spent her last semester as the Sports Director for WVGS 91.9 “The Buzz.” She was apart of the women’s soccer team at Georgia Southern, but her passion for sports goes far beyond that. Per her graduation in May, she is planning to keep the dream alive and work in the sports industry. Watch for Kenzie’s coverage of the Sun Belt Conference and Georgia Southern University here at Southern Pigskin.