Miami and Florida have agreed to play in the Citrus Bowl to open the 2019 season. This is good news for those of us who want to see good football every weekend. I’ve reached the point where I’m not interested in paying to see paycheck teams come to town, and I don’t think I’m alone.
For years the economics of major college football has dictated that the more home games the better. Sometimes scheduling has been couched in competitive terms. You know that argument, “we play such a hard SEC/Big Ten/ACC schedule that we simply cannot take on major conference opponents every week.” Whatever the merits, or lack thereof in that argument, money will always trump all other concerns. If there was more money to be made from playing a power five school every week, teams would do it. Since they don’t think there is, they don’t.
But this economic calculus may not be a simple as some administrators think. It seems like a logical contention, more home games equals more revenue. However fans aren’t coming to games as much as they used to. Many point to the rise of HD tv and desire to stay home as driving factors, but schedule matters too. Even good teams having good seasons can see some of their games be so poorly attended it looks like no one announced the kickoff time. Games against inferior opponents are a poor product. Of course the fans will demand less of a poor product.
Good for Miami and Florida for giving their fans another reason to come to the stadium on Saturday and for giving the rest of us a reason to tune in. More of this from everyone, please.