Yeah but what have you done lately for me, sweetheart? I gave UD props for playing the Bizon, how far back did you have to go to come up with the rest?
Well, I watched them host SDSU this decade as a season ticket holder. Anything else you'd like me to explain? Perhaps the games against Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Pitt, and Navy (twice) this decade? Delaware has never shied away from scheduling interesting OOC matchups and playing up. They've sort of been on an ACC kick lately; you know, the conference Clemson is in? Pitt again this year, NC State next year. Then a switch to B1G with Rutgers in 2021, then our first two visits to Happy Valley and the Penn State Nittany Lions (2023 and 2027).
Can't wait for those trips to see my favorite FBS and FCS teams face off.
Speaking of SDSU, did you see that Goeddert kid score for the real Eagles on Sunday?
Yes, if it wasn't for Ertz, he'd already be starting. I like the Eagles.
One annual FCS doesn't count
as we do the same (UO, UW, WSU, WVU, Cal, TTU, BYU, Akron, OSU, Nevada, UF next year...). And we have to do it twice in the same season sometimes which will more than likely happen this year as we still have 3 open dates.
Don't get me wrong. If I was Delaware, Montana, JMU, or NDSU I'd dip into weaker conferences too. Six home games would be rad. And there are many years where, thanks to proximity, CAA teams can get two weaker conference foes to go along with the money game (see JMU this year). There are some years where Montana does it too simply because they can afford to. Again, that's not bad, but it's also the reason why CAA SoS's often lag behind Big Sky SoS's.
While UD may schedule the occasional home and home with the likes of SDSU and YSU, for us, if you want to avoid playing two FBS and/or a DII every year, that ideally means two elite and/or ranked FCS plus an FBS every year. EG: 2016 we played ranked NDSU, UNI, and Wazzu. In 2021 we play WIU, JSU, and will pick up an FBS.
Here's an article from last year highlighting Eastern's challenges.
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/s ... -washingt/
For a financially challenged school such as Eastern, the formula is pretty much the same for an 11-game schedule: one big payday (Texas Tech compensated the Eagles $475,000 to come to Lubbock), a home game against an FCS team (that was North Dakota State this year) and another FCS road game (Fordham).
That means a steady diet of six games on the road and five at home. Flipping the script is problematic.
“There’s a couple of ways these things (home-and-home series) occur,” Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves said. “You find someone who wants to play home and home or you pay for someone to come in.
“The latter is relative to what your financial situation is and the size of your stadium. We’ve gone with the latter.”
The Eagles have three things going against them when chasing home-and-home series against other FCS teams: money, geography and the Eagles’ success on the field.
Top-tier FCS programs such as NDSU, Northern Iowa (which played EWU in 2015-16) and Sam Houston State (2013-14) don’t flinch at the challenge.
Not so for the lesser lights. For example, Southland Conference minnow Incarnate Word played last weekend at Sacramento State but wouldn’t be persuaded to play at Roos Field.
“Given the success we’ve had, there’s probably only a dozen schools in FCS that will consider a home and home with us,” said Chaves, who added that over the last few years “there’s not a school in the Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones that I have not spoken to.”
Meanwhile, as EWU was being pummeled by the Bison, Fordham played lowly Central Connecticut.
And while the Eagles are three time zones away, their next opponent, Montana, is home against another FCS bottom-feeder, Savannah State.
That’s money talking. Thanks to the gate receipts at 26,000-seat Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the Griz are in position to regularly play six games at home and get their pick of the opposition.
They also need fewer money games to balance the budget. The Griz were at Washington last week, but that’s only their second Power-5 opponent in the last decade (EWU has played nine in the same period).