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USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
The FCS years

(This assumes USA starts out playing scholarship Division I FCS football, and is not transitioning to Division I FBS)

1. A home game against Divsion II school (North Alabama or West Alabama would should be at the top of the list)
2. A road game against a Division I FBS school (go for the largest net payout possible)
3. An out-of-conference game against Samford (home-and-home)
4-11. Seven to eight games as a temporary football-only member of the Big South conference
11B. If you only play seven conference games, go for another regional FCS school home-and-home - the SWAC or Southern Conference would be the best bets (use Alabama State or Alabama A&M if you can't schedule Samford).

FCS to FBS Transition Years 1-2

(USA counts as an FCS opponent)

1. Southern Miss - would probably be willing to play USA in Mobile even if USA still counts as an FCS opponent
2. UAB - another in-state rival and former member of the Sun Belt Conference, who probably would also love the short road trip
3. Troy - it's time to begin the in-state, in-conference rivalry
4-6. Three other Sun Belt teams (two of 3-6 should be at home)
7. A home game against any regional/in-state FCS opponent
8. An away game at BCS school (payout game)
9. A game in the state of Texas (recruiting)
10. A game in the state of Florida (recruiting)
11. Home game against a MAC school
12. Home game against to offset #9 or #10

FBS Years
1-8. Sun Belt (4 home, 4 away)
9. Southern Miss
10. UAB
11. BCS
12. Non-BCS

Non-BCS Possibilities include Navy (nearby Naval bases in Florida and Mississippi); Central Florida (former Sun Belt member); Louisiana Tech (former Sun Belt member); Tulane (regional rival); TCU (if you aren't already playing in Texas); Miami-OH (played in 2003 GMAC Bowl); East Carolina (played two bowl games in Mobile); Memphis (regional rival).
11-04-2007 10:54 PM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
I like it...make it happen captain
11-05-2007 11:23 AM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
Bear in mind that FCS schools can only award a total of 65 scholarships and only 21 (I think) in any one recruiting year, so it will take 3+ years to reach full scholarship level. Walk-ons will have to be depended on very heavily the first few years.

Therefore, for at least the first couple of years, USA's schedule will most likely include a few games against establshed non-scholarship FCS teams, along with a couple of Division II schools and maybe even one or two NAIA or Division III programs. They would also probably try to schedule other teams that are in the process of building new programs, along with at least a couple of established full-scholarship 1AA programs.

They probably would not schedule a FBS "money" game until the 2nd or 3rd year of the program. By the 4th or 5th year, if they are decently competitive, they could begin their transition into the 1A/FBS status, playing at least 50% of their games against FCS schools in Transition Year 1 (2012 or 2013) and at least 75% FBS schools in TY-2 (2013 or 2014); then stepping into full SBC FB membership by 2015.
12-13-2007 10:57 PM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
I hope that UAB never recognizes that UAS football even exists. You chickened out basketball with us this season 07/08 and you guys are thinking about wanting a piece of us in football. Granted our team is down right now but UAB football will be back and it won't be because we have a win over USA!
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
The NCAA prohibits Division I programs from playing Division III programs in football. Not sure about NAIA, but I can't think of it happening recently.

Division II opponents are perfectly acceptable for Division I programs, although FBS schools typically don't play them. Western Kentucky, still considered as an FCS team for scheduling purposes, defeated Division II West Virginia Tech 87-0 this past fall.
01-15-2008 11:07 PM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
chargeradio Wrote:FCS to FBS Transition Years 1-2

(USA counts as an FCS opponent)

1. Southern Miss - would probably be willing to play USA in Mobile even if USA still counts as an FCS opponent
2. UAB - another in-state rival and former member of the Sun Belt Conference, who probably would also love the short road trip
3. Troy - it's time to begin the in-state, in-conference rivalry
4-6. Three other Sun Belt teams (two of 3-6 should be at home)
7. A home game against any regional/in-state FCS opponent
8. An away game at BCS school (payout game)
9. A game in the state of Texas (recruiting)
10. A game in the state of Florida (recruiting)
11. Home game against a MAC school
12. Home game against to offset #9 or #10

I disagree with you on some of this. I can't see a C-USA, MAC, or even a Sun Belt school scheduling a road game against a school that isn't fully at the 1-A (I hate the FBS and FCS labels, so I use the old labels) level. It is extremely rare for any 1-AA school to host a 1-A school. For the 1-A school, there's usually too much to lose and not enough to gain in that arrangement. But, who knows, maybe it'll happen.

Quote:FBS Years
1-8. Sun Belt (4 home, 4 away)
9. Southern Miss
10. UAB
11. BCS
12. Non-BCS

Non-BCS Possibilities include Navy (nearby Naval bases in Florida and Mississippi); Central Florida (former Sun Belt member); Louisiana Tech (former Sun Belt member); Tulane (regional rival); TCU (if you aren't already playing in Texas); Miami-OH (played in 2003 GMAC Bowl); East Carolina (played two bowl games in Mobile); Memphis (regional rival).

I would welcome the opportunity for UCF to play USA. I know people who attended USA. I almost went to USA for graduate school but decided on UCF instead (still would've been a Knight since UCF was where I did my undergrad work, anyway). I go to Mobile every year to visit family and would enjoy watching USA play some football.
01-20-2008 01:20 AM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
I've learned from an inside source that USA has scheduled games with Navy and Tennessee (the UTK game is in 2010, and will obviously be in Knoxville).

I should note that WKU is hosting four FBS schools in 2008, but Ball State is the only one outside the Sun Belt.
05-03-2008 10:38 PM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
When USA becomes D-I we could do a three for one and link it with a home & home in basketball.


Year one
USA @ UAB Football
USA @ UAB Basketball Both games same weekend or even day

Year two
USA @ UAB football
UAB @ USA basketball

Year three
UAB @ USA Football
UAB @ Coors Classic basketball

Year four

USA @ UAB football
USA @ UAB Invitational

One year game would be same day or weekend.

Each basketball team would participate in the other's classic one year.

I am all for USA football and hope you guys do well. Especially against Boy State.
06-26-2008 03:17 PM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:Especially against Boy State.

Who?
07-30-2008 10:37 PM
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RE: USA Football Scheduling Possibilities
From the July 29 Mobile Press Register:

USA and Navy have announced a four-year deal running from 2013-2016, with the Midshipmen visiting Ladd-Peebles in 2014 and 2016. USA is also working on getting a deal with Southern Miss. It also appears that USA will play a full Sun Belt schedule in 2012, even though the school will be a transitional member.
08-09-2008 01:15 PM
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