AAC Needs To Re-Think Schedule


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.


Take Navy out of the West, put Cincy and ECU there, grab Army for the East and balance the schedules

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


12 thoughts on “AAC Needs To Re-Think Schedule

  1. Like I said previously, schedule the big schools when possible and regularly beat them. Conference realignment difficult. If you only play five games, that’s a lot of other games to schedule with P-5 leagues moving to having nine or ten conference games (except the SEC despite Saban wanting a 9th game…sorry Mike, he’s wanting to make comparisons more even). So get the three games with P-5’s somehow if they are available, then fill in three more games with Stony Brook, ‘nova, Howard, Bucknell, Wiliam & Mary etc. Hard to pump up a crowd to attend those games. At the same time, be careful scheduling Sun Belt, MAC and C-USA teams if they are the only option. Those schools will bite you if you let down for one second. Lose to them and what the league is trying to do goes out the window.r.

    Remember, Navy requested placement in the west for recruiting purposes. They apparently recruit in Texas so Houston/SMU visits vital for that. I think they know they can’t return to an indie situation. They’d end up with an Army-type schedule or have to align with a league like BYU does.

    • I’d love to see Army in the AAC East. What other teams yank your tank? BYU? Any other teams ready to step up to the P6.

      • Really, only Army makes sense. UMass did not do enough in the MAC (like Temple did) to elevate its program to being considered for any FBS league and probably should go back to FCS to protect its basketball program. BYU doesn’t want to be in the AAC. Ohio (not state) or Marshall would be decent back-ups if Army can’t be convinced.

      • Don’t think Army to the AAC will ever happen. They got ground up in C-USA and they seemed to hit a bit of a ‘sweet spot’ with their current scheduling formula: 1-2 FCS schools, 2-3 Sun Belt/ MAC schools, 2-3 C-USA/ AAC-type schools, Air Force/Navy, 2-3 ‘marquee’ teams (P5/ ND). I don’t see them breaking from that.

        Joe P.

  2. Comment about UConn scheduling right. Their AD is the former ass’t AD at Auburn. He knows how scheduling right can make a program ascend, both at the box office and with recruiting. For sure, Edsel is working with him on making these games happen.

  3. If MR stayed for the 2017 season, the Owls probably win the 2016 bowl game against Wake, finish in the Top 20 and arguably the team can claim to being the best in Temple history. In addition, he has afirst and second round draft choices after that year. AND, with the coaching staff intact, 2107 could have been a 10 win season. All of it accomplished with very little player conduct problems. What an enhanced resume he would have had as a candidate for all the jobs that opened up after the 2017 season. If he only he’d passed on Baylor.

    John, not only can I say schadenfreude, I’m embarrassed to say I’m feeling a little bit of it.

    • It’s a shame these coaches are so greedy that they don’t know a good thing when they have it (talking about Golden, Rhule and Daz). Two point four mil for life is probably a better deal than $7 million for a couple of years then being fired and getting an assistant NFL job.

  4. Mike, once again (you sorta hurt my feelings by) recalling when we had such great league in da ‘ol Big East, but this time there is hope because of better teams coming in down the line, as you point out here.
    I think I still suffer from MAC & cheezy conference let down syndrome.
    G-D Big Boys still tough to deal with but looks like we picked off some of their 2nd tier on scheduling , nice job TU AD’s & thanks

    • if psu won’t play us (and they won’t), we can get some middle-level Big 10 teams. That’s probably who we should target (Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern). Not much in common with Nebraska because we already have Okie on the schedule. I like that Duke and Miami are on future schedules.
      Get Bucknell and Idaho off as soon as possible.

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