DESTIN — Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to avoid playing teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. And not because the Gators lost to lower-division Georgia Southern last year.
Speaking at the SEC’s annual spring meetings, Muschamp said he would prefer a 12-game schedule that features eight league teams, in-state rival Florida State and three more teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
“We’re probably going to move forward without playing FCS opponents,” Muschamp said, noting that his reasoning primarily has to do with getting his team in the best position to make the college football playoff that begins next season. “And I think our fan base wants to see better opponents.”
Muschamp’s boss and several other SEC coaches, though, don’t seem ready to close the door on lower-division teams.
“I understand what Will’s saying,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “In a perfect world, you play all D-I schools. But also you have to have 12 opponents.”
The topic was one of many addressed during the opening day of the meetings, where talk focused on conference autonomy, potential rules changes and an early signing period for college football.
The meetings were the first chance for many coaches to weigh in on scheduling. The SEC decided last month to stick with its current format of eight league games and a permanent non-division rival.