WKU didn't make it in part because the MAC and CUSA trumped the SBC in bowl tie-ins. The MAC got Temple and Toledo in with our secondary tie-ins while the SBC needed help that never came just to get more than 2 teams in bowls. So if we get to 7 we'd have a shot if other leagues can't fill their primary slots, especially key with OSU and PSU out of the picture for bowls.
Schools like Grambling and Morgan State scare me because there could be a couple of players like a QB and a WR that play pitch and catch all day against UB or an athletic RB that just runs all day on Buffalo. Stony Brook I had no concerns because it is SUNY and it's like SUNY schools are juggernauts and we all know why so I won't go over that again so I wasn't scared. But Morgan State (Baltimore, Maryland I believe there from that is athletes glore in volume compared to New York State) different matter I think we played them years ago as a FCS Independent school if memory serves me but not sure. My mind remembers I think is was Morgan State that had a QB last name Brown that could run and move and gave UB fits. Yes UB won but it wasn't easy if I remembered. I also remember Lehigh putting the wood to UB with some WR named Klingerman or something like that playing pitch and catch all day against the Buffalo Bulls.
MSU last won the MEAC during the Carter Administration, therefore they've never made the FCS playoffs. They had 23 straight losing seasons at one point. Stony Brook made it to the 2nd round and lost 34-27 to the FCS runner-up. MSU doesn't have any secret, athletic weapons comparable to Stony Brook's Jackolski or Maysonet. MSU is also not a Lehigh or Colgate. Lehigh was a FCS power under Pete Lembo (now at Ball St) when they beat us, while Colgate ended up the FCS runner-up. We had mostly FCS talent and few players of FBS talent under Hofher, never having a 1st-team All-MAC player under his lead. Our teams back then would have likely struggled to beat Stony Brook. Our talent today is solidly FBS in comparison. Morgan State is a middle-of-the-road HBCU team. They had transfer players from Rutgers, SU, Michigan, and Cincy last season and still only won 5 games. They now have 0 FBS transfers on their roster (their 2012 outlook
). No surprises to be expected.