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Here's my dream scenario with this whole situation.......
Penn State vs. Notre Dame in Ireland!
ND currently has a "Open Date" September 12, 2015. We are slated to play Buffalo in the Beav. Hopefully PSU makes the game in Ireland happen vs. ND by either cancelling with Buffalo all together or rescheduling the game to a different date.
Hate ND all you want (and I'm in that boat) but this would be a college football game of epic proportions mostly due in large part to the location of the game but other factors play in to this as well.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
Eh... the problem is that ND plays Texas the week prior and then would have to travel to Purdue the week after. That's too hard to do, IMO. Unless they can move one of those games, I don't think it would be in their best interest to travel to Ireland on that date.
I have the feeling that if PSU were to play a team in Ireland, it's not going to be a marquee name.
I agree. Like I said, it is my dream scenario for the potential game over there.
I was talking to some of my ND buddies about it and they said the ND game in Ireland was scheduled 8-10 years in advance due to logistics, etc. 2015 is two years away so I highly doubt any game over there is determined in even a two year period. IF we do play overseas, it will likely be sometime in the 2020s.
Yeah, personally, I think it is just a really hard thing to do, and I don't see how it could be anything other than the first game of the year (followed by a bye week). I know BOB wants to get creative with the schedule, but with the eventual move to 9 games, it's going to be tough. As you say, if it does happen, I would expect it to be pretty far away.
Hadn't heard ND mentioned as a potential opponent................fwiw
Have you heard anything about maybe taking a Big Ten game to Ireland ... example like we did a few years ago with Indiana.
Their home performance was very low so we moved the game to FedEx field and it seemed to be a win win for each team and of course the conference.
Maybe play Maryland or Purdue there ... or of course and out of conference team.
This post was edited by Lang06 14 months ago
If winning was easy even losers would do it.
I was under the impression that this might be what they were looking to do. O'Brien mentioned working with the B1G on this so it wouldn't surprise me if the desire is to have a conference game there. They might have to organize it so that both PSU and whoever else plays have a bye week right before or right after but I think logistically it makes the most sense. I don't know if it will happen within the next five years, but it would be awesome.
Isn't there a restriction on how often a team can play a game overseas? Like every 4 or so years? Which would make ND inelligible until 2016. I could be making that up, but it rings a bell for some reason.
Ok-- I guess I do not see what the advantage (s) of scheduling a game "overseas" during the season would be.
I guess I'm selfish. I can't/won't go. It's one less weekend I look forward to in Happy Valley. The travel can be brutal on the internal time clock etc. which would not bode well for the remainder of the season. I could add other downsides-- probably have said just enough to light things up. I just don't see it.
Perhaps someone can make the case "for" without attacking the "not for"???
I think a lot of players would be excited about it. BOB can use it as a recruiting pitch. How many college players get to play overseas? It's a destination game that replaces the missed opportunity for bowls (although by the time it happens, bowl ban will likely be over).
This post was edited by madbrad02 14 months ago
Further it gets positive exposure and makes it look like the school is trying to make the best of the no bowl situation for the players who have earned a trip. Also, many alumni who save money they would normally spend on 4 years of bowl trips (or 1, 2 or 3 of them) would have the ability to change that into a trip to Ireland.
I think it would be an unbelievable experience for the players and the fanbase to play a game overseas.
For someone who is 18-22 and in great health like the players on the team I really don't think anyone will have an issue with the time differences. I am in my late 20's and have no issues adjusting to the difference in time when traveling to Europe.
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