If the AAC really wants to be considered a Power conference, it can drop the slogans and the sideline markers that read “Power 6” and start scheduling like one.
Mike Aresco is good at public relations but PR won’t get the league to where it needs to be as fast as a thinking-outside-the-box scheduling concept.
He should ship two East teams (Cincy and ECU) out West, bring Navy back home to the East and add Army to the East as a sweetener to entice the Middies to make the move.
The league games would only feature East versus East and West versus West, making the championship matchup a fairer one in that every league game is against the same opposition.
That accomplished, the league should encourage its members to schedule Power 5 teams.
To continue to qualify for membership, each league member will have to schedule at least three games against so-called Power 5 conference teams.
What’s that, you say?
“They don’t want to play us.”
Sure, they do.
They don’t want to play us on the road but, if the AAC ever wants to be considered seriously, it will have to schedule less home-and-homes and be flexible to playing road games at Power 5 opponents.
Temple has done the AAC a solid by scheduling Boston College and Maryland this year. Last year, UCF did the same thing by scheduling Georgia Tech and Maryland. UConn went one better and scheduled three Power 5 teams (Missouri, Virginia and Boston College). UConn got the scheduling part, not the football part.
There are reasons the five major conferences are called Power 5. They have the Power and the Group of Five schools do not.
To get the Power, you’ve got to fight the Power.
Short-term, this AAC schedule is just fine but the league has to address these issues within the next couple of years if it ever wants to be taken seriously.
Monday: Temple Schedules Going Forward