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Why is there a bye before state game?

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Because not all of the games are being playing in Orlando this year (1A-3A in Tallahassee and 4A-8A in Daytona), the FHSAA big-wigs, sponsors, etc. needed time to relocate and re-mobilize.  At least I think that's the practical answer to your question.  

I seem to recall about 10 years ago the small class championship games were played one weekend and the larger classes were played the following weekend, which did create a 'bye' week for the larger class teams.   But I'm not sure about that. 

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4 hours ago, Perspective said:

Because not all of the games are being playing in Orlando this year (1A-3A in Tallahassee and 4A-8A in Daytona), the FHSAA big-wigs, sponsors, etc. needed time to relocate and re-mobilize.  At least I think that's the practical answer to your question.  

I seem to recall about 10 years ago the small class championship games were played one weekend and the larger classes were played the following weekend, which did create a 'bye' week for the larger class teams.   But I'm not sure about that. 

I don't believe that a bye was created for the larger classes because 5A through 8A always played one more game than 1A through 4A. The state semifinals for the larger classes were the same weekend as the state finals for the smaller classes if I remember correctly.

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This state should have 5 classes and the games should be in Jacksonville every year. 
 

believe it or not but Jacksonville is the most centrally located city in the state. About 5 hours from Miami and 5 hours from Pensacola. 
 

Orlando is 6 hours from Pensacola and 3.5 hours from Miami for comparison. 
 

5 games in Jacksonville. 2 games on Friday, 3 games on Saturday. 
 

 

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12 hours ago, nolebull813 said:

This state should have 5 classes and the games should be in Jacksonville every year. 
 

believe it or not but Jacksonville is the most centrally located city in the state. About 5 hours from Miami and 5 hours from Pensacola. 
 

Orlando is 6 hours from Pensacola and 3.5 hours from Miami for comparison. 
 

5 games in Jacksonville. 2 games on Friday, 3 games on Saturday. 
 

 

I always thought Gainesville was a good, central location, as well.  Also the home of the FHSAA, which should have made things easier.  

On the flip-side, the Swamp doesn't have artificial turf like it used to, so multiple games over 3 or 4 days wouldn't work.   And, if I'm being honest with myself, I can understand why other state colleges and universities might feel that championship games being played in G'ville might give UF an unfair recruiting advantage. 

Nolebull, I do have one question for your consideration:  looking at this like an SAT math problem.   Assume that only 20% of teams historically playing in the state finals come from schools north and west of Lake City (hypothetical/random number), but 60% come from Broward or Miami-Dade County, is Jax still the 'central' location?  Total cumulative travel for the teams/fans from down south would far exceed the total cumulative travel for teams/fans from the panhandle.  Just a thought for consideration. 

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