OK - So this will be my last response, because debating with someone who so blatantly ignores facts is a futile effort.
Again, UC was NEVER scheduled for the 2013 season. The game for 2012 was pushed to 2018, and we scheduled UCF to take their place.
Vandy cancelled and San Diego St was scheduled to take their place, not FAMU. See the link to the facts below.
It's funny you mentioning that we won't have to play a 1-11 and 5-7 team with Rutgers and Maryland entering the conference. Maryland, since 2013, has gone 7-6, 4-8, 2-10, 9-4, and 2-10 respectively, with losing in-conference records every year, with the exception of one, when they went 5-3. Rutgers has been marginally better, since 2013 going 6-7, 9-4, 9-4, 4-8, and 9-4 respectively, but had losing in-conference records for 3 of those 5 years. So, you're living in a fantasy land if you expect our SoS to drastically improve by adding these schools to our schedules every year.
My original point was that we need to schedule better OOC opponents to make up for a very sub-standard B1G as of late. Rutgers and MD were referenced to prove that we are adding teams to our schedule who will not do a whole lot to improve our SoS perception. For proof of that, see records mentioned above.
We should not be scheduling MAC schools, period. The fact that NIU has performed well is primarily due to the fact that they play in the MAC, and had an outlier at the QB position the past few years. So let's not pretend like they are a powerhouse school. They are 0-2 in their past two bowl games, losing to Utah St last year, and getting romped by FSU the year before.
I omitted VT, OU, Navy, because they are quality schools who will improve our natinoal perception, and we need to be scheduling more of them. Schools LIKE UC, in addition to one marquee school live we done in the past, in Texas, USC, or Miami. Also, I mention adding mid-level major conference programs like NC State or Pitt in ADDITION to UC, not instead of them. Hence, the money staying in state comment still holds true.
And yes, my goal was to bring up the pathetic OOC schedule we have played recently, and I am tired of it. Playing schools like Buffalo and FAMU, who I remind you were not alternates on our schedule, is ridiculous, and should never happen. It's not exciting to watch, and does nothing to add value to our program. I'm also tired of doing schools a "favor" by paying them millions of dollars to play us, when they do nothing to add to the value of our brand, like YSU and Hawaii.
You can think I'm a tool and that's fine, but unlike you, my logic is based on fact. If you want to pay >$100 for a ticket to go watch OSU put 76 on a team like FAMU, and are happy with that, be my guest. I'm personally tired of Gene Smiths approach here, and feel like at some point it's going to bite us in the rear.