I get the point about wanting to schedule games from the regional footprint. However, I suspect that BSF is correct (yup, I said that!). After the small layer of hard core fans that follow college football, and UB in particular, a lot of folks in the general public likely only know UB to the extent that they read about them in the Buffalo News, or see them on television; and a good number likely don't know the difference between Duquesne, BC or Denton (N. Texas). If that is the case, maybe just getting games in the early season at UB is the right strategy, regardless of foe. It saddens me to think that it would drive scheduling........in spite of my age, I try desperately to maintain some of my youthful innocence :-)
Well I never said the fans care ;) I said if you bring in Stony Brook, Albany, or Cornell as your FCS ganme along with UMass, Army, UConn as FBS teams you incerase the number of fans from your opponents school who will travel. THe concerts and early season home games will do more for local attendance than the caliber of the opponent (save maybe Baylor, but we will see)
Back to football; if the big schools schedule fewer non-BCS schools to strengthen their schedule
I think they will start scheduling fewer non-aq programs but I beleive it will be ebacuse the big cons are going to start moving to 9 conference games. Of the three left one will be an FCS for most and that leaves two other spots. Throw in games which almost always happen like Florida State / Florida and ND / USC and you see not as many chairs at the table.
Perhaps we are in the minority on this board, as BSF rightfully points out, but I'd rather see Boise (they went to BGSU) or Fresno State (they went to Toledo), than UConn redux.
Don't get me wrong I would rather get fresh teams as well but you're going to need one or two more regional 1:1 deals. When we do get fresh teams the should be in our recruiting territory (Florida (FIU/FAU/UCF/USF), Georgia Staate, Old Dominian)...
Anyway, schedules will be what they will be........and Dar and I will be there cheering on the Bulls. But I remain somewhat surprised that Danny doesn't appear more active in the future scheduling arena. Maybe it's all underway and just very hush-hush (no doubt Bob D and his sources would have ferreted it out by now, if so), so best I just learn some patience.