Tulane has withdrawn from its game at Mississippi State, scheduled for September 24, 2016.
For breaking the contract the Green Wave will owe Mississippi State $350,000. The game was to have been the last in a seven-game deal, though the teams hadn’t played since 2007 when the Bulldogs prevailed 38-17 at Tulane.
Tulane’s athletic director, Brandon Macneill, had this to say: “We’re going to bring in attractive opponents.” However, several outlets have reported that Tulane will in the near future sign a contract to play at Massachusetts in 2016, and the Minutemen have an open date on…wait for it…September 24.
How is UMass on the road a more “attractive” game than Mississippi State?
Massachusetts, having been kicked out of the MAC because it refused full membership in all sports, will play an independent football schedule in 2016 and 2017.
The Big Ten is going to nine conference games for the first time since 1984. Its teams will play nine Big Ten foes, starting in 2016.
Nebraska recently finalized its 2017 non-league schedule with a home opener against the
Arkansas State Red Wolves. State’s guaranteed payout: $1,650,000. Nebraska will also play at Oregon on September 9 and at home vs. Northern Illinois on the 16th.
Starting in 2016, the SEC will require its members to play at least one Power Five opponent every season. Good move. Interestingly, independent Brigham Young will count as Power Five.
Meanwhile, out in the Pac-12, California has scheduled an FCS school every year through 2020. Washington will play an FCS annually through 2021. But there are signs of hope for college football fans like coforepr who hate FBS-FCS matchups: Arizona State has FCS teams in 2015 and 2016 but not in 2017 or 2018. Colorado plays an FCS this year and the two following years, but not in 2018 or 2019. UCLA and Southern Cal have no FCS opponents for the foreseeable future.