The Confidential hopes that you got a tan. You know–you weren’t inside all summer blogging about Penn State (sigh). Summer is basically over. College football starts in a mere 28 days.
You know what, the Confidential is tired of Florida State’s always bellyaching about something. One Complaint is that one time FSU had to play a Thursday game or something. The horror! This year, the ACC football season does not start in 28 days on a Thursday. There are no shortage of directional schools opening the season on August 28, 2012. In addition, other no name schools like UConn, UCLA, Texas A&M, Brigham Young, Washington State, Arizona State, and Minnesota are also playing. Oh, and the SEC is playing a conference game on that day between South Carolina and Vanderbilt. So there you go generic whiny Seminole fan–the best football conference that ever existed is allowing its well-compensated schools to open the season on a Thursday. How about them apples?
The first ACC team to play is North Carolina State, who opens play on Friday, August 29, 2012. They get a tough matchup against Tennessee. Yep, another SEC team playing on a non-Saturday. That’s FOUR. And don’t forget that, on Sunday, Kentucky plays Louisville in a battle over whatever it is these two teams play for–probably a jug or something. So that’s 5 of the 14 SEC teams not playing on a Saturday. So stuff it FSU.
For the ACC, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech square off in a Tech-battle on Labor Day. Give it up to ESPN–they open the weekend with the SEC and close it with the ACC. A lot of exposure for both conferences opening weekend.
Of course, there are many games on Saturday that weekend. But it is notable that the SEC is more than willing to play on a non-Saturday to get its programs television exposure. Instead of complaining about playing those days, teams need to just maximize the opportunity for a captive audience.