Boise State opens with Florida State this year.
Temple opens with Bucknell.
Those two sentences are all you need to know about what Temple (and, to a larger extent), the AAC can learn from Boise State.
That’s because, despite all the bombast from Mike Aresco’s home office about the AAC being a Power Conference, the schedules of member schools are littered with FCS opponents.
If Aresco and members are really serious about moving on up to college football’s east side, then they will follow Boise State’s heavy P5 scheduling lean.
The worst non-conference schedule this year, according to rankings of 130 FBS team?
When you are in the SEC, you can do that.
AAC definitely not.
The formula for the AAC to move up is the hard path of making its members schedule teams from the Power 5–or at least fellow FBS schools–exclusively and then go beat them.
If the AAC doesn’t change its policy, Temple certainly should.
Amazingly, there are apologists out there who say “two P5 opponents plus an FCS is the perfect way to schedule” because that’s the way to get to a bowl game every year.
To that, I say: If Temple has to play an FCS game to qualify as a top 80 team in a 130-team group, it should not be playing intercollegiate football.
Temple, it would seem to me, is best-suited for this type of schedule than its fellow AAC foes. The Owls are smack dab in the center of a five-hour drive of 46 percent of the nation’s population. There are enough great high school players within that circle for the Owls to recruit and coach them up to win a significant number of games against P5 schools.
There’s certainly no advancing the Temple brand by beating an FCS school and that’s something that should have been stopped between the last Villanova game and the next Bucknell game.
For now, all Owls’ fans can do is swallow hard and hope this is the last FCS team they will ever see again.
Wednesday: Hitting the Recruit Reset Button
Sunday: The Long Game
Wednesday (6/5): The Case for The Defense