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The perils of scheduling too far ahead

LSU and Oklahoma have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2027 and 2028 -- that's 12 years from now. The freshmen who will play in those games haven't even exhausted their elementary school eligibility yet.

"I'll be long retired by then," quipped LSU athletic director Joe Alleva.

Even in the era of the College Football Playoff, when strength of schedule is a critical component of the selection committee's evaluation process, athletic directors continue to schedule so far in advance that there's no possible way of knowing how good those opponents will be, let alone who will be coaching them.

Here's the irony: They don't seem to like it.

"We all need to get into a room and have a pinky swear that we're not going to do this," said Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich.

"I don't like it at all," said Alleva. "I wish we could only go three or four years, that would be fine with me, but we're kind of stuck in a rut."

"I wish that we could get more into that two- to three-year range," said Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson.

"We all hope to get there," said Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs.

It doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon. Oklahoma and Nebraska are playing a home-and-home in 2021 and 2022. Michigan and Texas have a series lined up for 2024 and 2027. Wisconsin goes to Hawaii in 2021. Texas A&M and Notre Dame are playing in 2024 and 2025.

To read Heather Dinich's full story click here.