The winner of Sunday's Tyrone-Dublin clash in Omagh will be at a disadvantage as the only team that has to play an All-Ireland semi-final six days after their final Super 8s fixture.
Whoever comes out on top in that game will claim first place in Group 2 of the Super 8s and are fixed to play their last four clash on Saturday, 10 August – less than a week after their closing quarter-final game.
The loser, by contrast, will have seven days before they take on the Group 1 winners. The Group 1 winners will get eight days to prepare for their semi-final, as their final round of Super 8s game is on Saturday.
This is an anomaly that is thrown up by the new football schedule, which is compressed into a shorter inter-county season and only allows a week between the conclusion of the quarter-finals and the start of the semi-finals.
Traditionally, there has been at least a two-week gap and there remains a fortnight between hurling quarter and semi-finals.
The only thing to play for in Group 2 is top spot, with that being decided between last year’s All-Ireland finalists in Omagh on Sunday. Cork and Roscommon meet in Páirc Uí Rinn, though having both lost two games already they are out of the running.
Things aren’t so clear-cut on Saturday in Group 1 with three teams looking to clinch the two spots. With Kerry likely to beat winless Meath in Navan, that leaves Donegal and Mayo fighting it out in Castlebar. A win would do either team, though a draw would also be good enough for Donegal given their better scoring difference.
Weekend Super 8s fixtures
Saturday, Group 1, 6pm
Mayo v Donegal, Elverys MacHale Park
Meath v Kerry, Páirc Tailteann
Sunday, Group 2, 4pm
Cork v Roscommon, Páirc Uí Rinn
Tyrone v Dublin, Healy Park
Saturday, 10 August
5pm, Group 2 Winner v Group 1 Runner-up, Croke Park
Sunday, 11 August
3pm, Group 1 Winner v Group 2 Runner-up, Croke Park