Last week, I took to Twitter to throw out a potential solution to the whole Boston College-New Mexico State 2015 scheduling fiasco.
Was thinking about New Mexico State's scheduling bind with UTEP/BC. Perhaps the Sun Belt could jump in and give an assist ...— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) January 22, 2015
The only school yet to replace UAB on next year's sched is Georgia State. Sun Belt sends Panthers to BC, lets NMST keep UTEP date.— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) January 22, 2015
BC reunited with Jagodzinski (OC at Georgia State). New administration buries the hatchet with Coach Jags. Win, win.— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) January 22, 2015
Sounds like Operation: Jagodzinski Homecoming might actually have some legs.
NMSU is not going to be able to play at Boston College in 2015 (Aggies overscheduled). BC is talking to Georgia State as a fill-in.— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) January 26, 2015
According to fbschedules.com, BC and New Mexico State are still working on potentially playing in the future so the cash-strapped Aggies can avoid the hefty six-figure buyout. If the two schools can't reach an agreement on a future date, New Mexico State would be on the hook to buyout of the return game.
Replacing New Mexico State with Georgia State wouldn't exactly be putting BC out here. The Panthers have only been a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision for two seasons and their transition from the FCS to FBS has been a bit...rocky. Georgia State is 1-23 (0-15 Sun Belt) in two seasons, with the lone win a 1-point victory over FCS Abilene Christian is last season's opener.
The date of a possible BC-Georgia State makeup game becomes important when constructing the ACC's 2015 schedule. The Panthers are available when BC is scheduled to host New Mexico State (October 17). However, in a perfect world, BC-Georgia State would be moved to September 19, week 3 of the 2015 season. That's because there are only three ACC teams without existing non-conference obligations that weekend: Boston College, Clemson and Florida State. As a result, BC, Clemson, or Florida State will be forced to take the season's one bye week as early as week 3, giving that program 10 games in a row to end the season. I'll give you one guess which program draws the short straw here.
Unfortunately, moving a BC-Georgia State game to September 19 isn't going to happen as the Panthers are already set to face Oregon in Eugene on that date. In addition to a road game at Oregon, Georgia State has non-conference dates set with Charlotte (9/3) and Liberty (10/3). Georgia State's date with now-defunct UAB was originally scheduled for September 12.
However this shakes out, it appears that a former Boston College staffer will be returning to the Heights this fall.