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    Future OOC Football Schedules

    With recent ODU (gag) and UConn (gag) and Georgia St (meh) announcements, here are the upcoming WF OOC football schedules as compiled here.

    I see a decent home game on the schedule in 2024, 2027, and 2028. Other than that, a whole lot of meh:

    2021:
    09/03 - Old Dominion
    09/11 - Norfolk State
    10/23 - at Army
    11/06 - at North Carolina

    2022:
    09/01 - VMI
    09/10 - at Vanderbilt
    09/17 - Liberty
    10/08 - Army

    2023:
    09/02 - Elon
    09/09 - Vanderbilt
    09/16 - at Old Dominion
    10/28 - at Notre Dame

    2024:
    08/31 - North Carolina A&T
    09/14 - Ole Miss
    10/12 - UConn
    11/16 - at Army

    2025:
    08/30 - at Liberty
    09/06 - Western Carolina
    09/13 - at Ole Miss
    11/15 - Army

    2026:
    09/05 - Liberty
    09/12 - at Purdue
    09/19 - Northern Illinois
    11/14 - at Army

    2027:
    09/11 - at East Carolina
    09/18 - Tulane
    TBA - Notre Dame (fbschedules briefly removed, then reinstated this game in 8/2022)
    Open

    2028:
    09/09 - Purdue
    09/16 - at UConn
    09/23 - East Carolina
    Open

    2029:
    9/15 - Georgia State (added 5/25/2021)
    TBD - at Notre Dame

    2030:
    9/14 - at Georgia State (added 5/25/2021)

    Other Notre Dame: at ND 2032; home 2037

    Our return game from the 1998 trip to Air Force has again been pushed back. Of course at this point the most likely scenario is that it is never played, but if it is, there will likely be AFA graduates who attended the game as cadets, had 30-year careers in the Air Force, and retired before the return game happened.
    Last edited by thatguy2016; 08-05-2022 at 12:23 PM.

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    A few observations:

    - Looks like we are done with App. They owe us a return game, after last year's game was cancelled. I know some here hate playing them. If we are going to play home and homes with ODU, Liberty or ECU, I would prefer App. They bring some buzz and high attendance to the games.
    - Understand the scheduling strategy: maximize our chances to qualify for a bowl, by playing one low end Power V opponent (ACC requirement), two non-Power FBS schools and one FCS bunny; wish WF would play a more national opponent every 4 years; think it would help the program to play a likely high profile OOC game on an non-ND year
    - Hate playing Vandy; even the non-Power V games, like ECU or Liberty generate more interest than playing Vandy; at least its just one home and home over the next 10 years
    - Love playing Ole Miss; was great playing then during the Grobe years and a trip to the Grove is a must
    - Like playing a Big 10 team (Purdue), wouldn't mind scheduling others (NW, Maryland, Michigan State -- KW3 revenge tour)
    - Army is a pain in the ass opponent; they can beat anyone; no cares about the outcome, unless WF loses, then WF sucks; Army is tough to prepare for; often leave the opponent banged up
    - Scheduling a home and home with UCONN is idiotic unless WF literally had no other alterntives; craptasitic program; again, no one cares about the result, unless WF loses; Groves/BBT will be empty for that game; it's the kind of game that those that WF recruits against point to to dissuade them from coming to WF: "Go to WF and play in front of 15,000 people against UCONN an FCS atmosphere".
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    Definitely plan to make a trip to Ole Miss.

    Iíd prefer any opponent over a 2 for 1 with Liberty for a variety of reasons. That doesnít help us at all and is as likely to hurt.

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    We're playing the Tidewater, VA teams for recruiting purposes. I hope it pans out. There is some serious talent there. VT had a pipeline there during the Beamer's glory years. Lawrence Taylor is from that area (Williamsburg). Michael Vick (Newport News), too.

    I'm disappointed that Covid cancelled last year's App game. Now that they're FBS, that's a good series to continue. I like having non-conference games against UNC. I like the military academy games and games with "like" opponents: Vandy, Northwestern, Stanford, Rice, Baylor (Baptist Bowl), Ole Miss ("the view").

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    I like the Vandy games, its as close to an SEC vs ACC rivalry as we get and its a good place to tailgate. Ole Miss is the marquee game. Otherwise its bleh, UCONN, Purdue, ODU. If they add SMU I'd appreciate that, but otherwise outside of Ole Miss, YAWWWWWWN.

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    We really really really need to tell Liberty to fuck off. Iím also ok with dropping the service academies. Those are the lamest games other than the yearly FCS one.

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    We have to play Louisville every year. We have to play VT when theyíre on the schedule. We donít have to play Army. Army was part of Wakeyleaks and gave Bateman a slap on the wrist. Playing them is weak.

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    Grobe really elevated our OOC scheduling from the awful Caldwell years (UAB, Rutgers, Vandy, ugh). It has been disappointing to see it regress under Clawson.

    I have given up on trying to understand the love affair with Army. I'd really like to know why we insist on playing them as often as possible.

    With the exception of Ole Miss and to a lesser extent Purdue, not a single one of those games excites me (ND and UNC don't count).

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    My brief comments are that, like many, Iím sick of playing the service academies. I also have zero interest in playing Liberty. I completely get (and am all for) trying to schedule winnable games. With that said, there are zero ďnewĒ teams on the future schedule. Weíve playing all of these schools this millennium. I want to see some new blood. There are two very close, beatable programs right now in Tennessee and UofSC. Letís play them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspectah View Post
    Grobe really elevated our OOC scheduling from the awful Caldwell years (UAB, Rutgers, Vandy, ugh). It has been disappointing to see it regress under Clawson.

    I have given up on trying to understand the love affair with Army. I'd really like to know why we insist on playing them as often as possible.

    With the exception of Ole Miss and to a lesser extent Purdue, not a single one of those games excites me (ND and UNC don't count).
    I agree with this and I wonder how much of it is due to Clawson's success at Wake. He has done something that no Wake coach has, made Wake into a consistent winner. Even though Grobe had the ACC Championship and the couple of years after that, we quickly regressed to the norm.

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    From a travel perspective, our OOC schedule sucks. Other than seeing the Grove for the first time, none of these away games are going to motivate me to attend and see a new city. Already been to Army twice

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    Why play Army so much? Just why???

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    Why play Army so much? Just why???
    Probably some bullshit respect the troops Wake Forest Way crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeseheads12 View Post
    Why play Army so much? Just why???
    Because as a football independent Army needs to find a way to schedule Power 5 teams, and none of the marquee teams want to play them because they don't want to take time teaching their defense how to defend the triple option for one game. So Wake takes advantage of this and when they scheduled them initially, Wake believed Army to be a easy win. Also Wake has a growing number of alumni in New York and CT, so this game usually has good turn out for them (West Point is much easier to get to than Syracuse).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyClutch View Post
    Because as a football independent Army needs to find a way to schedule Power 5 teams, and none of the marquee teams want to play them because they don't want to take time teaching their defense how to defend the triple option for one game. So Wake takes advantage of this and when they scheduled them initially, Wake believed Army to be a easy win. Also Wake has a growing number of alumni in New York and CT, so this game usually has good turn out for them (West Point is much easier to get to than Syracuse).
    Even if that is the case, it doesn't make much sense to play them at West Point in those years where we are AT Syracuse and AT BC

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeacInVermont View Post
    Even if that is the case, it doesn't make much sense to play them at West Point in those years where we are AT Syracuse and AT BC
    Mike Buddie is Armyís AD. I think the donors that consistently travel really seem to enjoy that trip.

    I really think the goal of getting wins OOC to continue to go to bowl games is the right path. Itís less sexy, but as fun as the trips to Nebraska, Ole Miss, etc. have been, the seasons we are 4-0 before league play are way more fun.

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    Wake has a ton of alum who live in NYC (see great showing at Pinstripe Bowl) and you can take a ferry to West Point from there. Army game is best Wake game to attend for most Northerners.
    (Not a parody)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deacfreak07 View Post
    I really think the goal of getting wins OOC to continue to go to bowl games is the right path. Itís less sexy, but as fun as the trips to Nebraska, Ole Miss, etc. have been, the seasons we are 4-0 before league play are way more fun.
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    I disagree. Iíd rather get tested before going into league play. Itís not great to go 4-0 hoping to get 3 more wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deacfreak07 View Post
    Mike Buddie is Armyís AD. I think the donors that consistently travel really seem to enjoy that trip.

    I really think the goal of getting wins OOC to continue to go to bowl games is the right path. Itís less sexy, but as fun as the trips to Nebraska, Ole Miss, etc. have been, the seasons we are 4-0 before league play are way more fun.
    I get it, and everyone does it, but sacrificing interesting regular season games for an uninteresting bowl in a 2/3 empty stadium in December doesn't seem like a great model.

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