Sizing up the schedule


Florida has scheduled up this season to create a buzz after two years of declining attendance at the O’Connell Center.

Here’s a look at the RPIs of Florida’s non-conference opponents, based on rankingsĀ  from March 16, 2009.

The average RPI of Florida’s non-conference opponents this season is 131.6 if the Gators face UMass in the second game of the Legends Classic in Atlantic City. If the Gators face Rutgers, the average RPI would be 134.5.

Michigan State – 6
Syracuse – 12
Florida State – 15
Xavier – 17
American – 73
North Carolina State – 111
Richmond – 129
Troy – 131
Jacksonville – 143
South Alabama – 145
UMass – 152 or Rutgers – 195
Presbyterian – 215
Stetson – 224
Georgia Southern – 296
Florida A&M – 305

Good news is the schedule appears top heavy. Four opponents (Michigan, Syracuse, Florida State, Xavier) finished last season with an RPI of 17 or higher. Florida currently has five opponents in the top 100 in RPI, six with an RPI of 100-200 and four with RPIs of 200 of higher.

More big games are in the works for the future. Florida is reportedly in talks with Arizona, Ohio State and Louisville for future two-game contracts that would guarantee a game at the O’Dome.