As conferences consider a variety of scenarios for the 2020 college football season, one man is determined to preserve non-conference rivalries like the Governor’s Cup.
In the wake of the Big 10 and Pac-12 moving to conference-only schedules, Gary Stoken, president and CEO of the Peach Bowl, proposed the “plus one” schedule to the commissioners of the SEC, Big 12, and ACC. The “plus one” schedule would call for teams to play their standard conference slate with one additional non-conference game. In Kentucky’s case, that would be the Louisville game. Stoken, who is also in charge of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta — Florida State vs. West Virginia (Sept. 5), Georgia vs. Virginia (Sept. 7) and Auburn vs. North Carolina (Sept. 12) — explained the concept to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
The “plus one” structure would preserve traditional SEC-ACC rivalry games this season in a limited schedule — Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, South Carolina-Clemson, Kentucky-Louisville — that would otherwise be lost in a conference-only format.
In that scenario, Stokan already knows he could lose Florida State, West Virginia, Georgia and Virginia from his kickoff showcase.
It’s a weird twist on addition by subtraction that would allow Stokan to be that matchmaker, creating a pool of possible new opponents for the Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 games. The Auburn-North Carolina game theoretically would not be impacted.
Here are the games already scheduled between SEC, Big 12, and ACC teams this season:
West Virginia vs. Florida State (Atlanta)
Ole Miss vs. Baylor (Houston)
Virginia vs. Georgia (Atlanta)
Tennessee at Oklahoma
Texas at LSU
Mississippi State at NC State
North Carolina vs. Auburn (Atlanta)
Arkansas at Notre Dame
Boston College at Kansas
Vanderbilt at Kansas State
Florida at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Georgia
Kentucky at Louisville
South Carolina at Clemson
Which leaves these teams left to pair:
- Texas A&M
- Wake Forest
- Virginia Tech
- Iowa State
- Oklahoma State
- Texas Tech
Which teams would you match up?