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Should NMSU join the Southland?
If NMSU has massive struggles trying to go the independent route (which I believe they will), should they go down to FCS instead of dropping football and join the Southland? It currently has 11 football-playing schools and could go to regional divisions if NMSU joins. Also, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston St. are both good at basketball and provide NMSU with a better basketball schedule with albeit a weaker chance of getting the auto-bid.
02-05-2017 02:44 PM
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
WAC > Southland
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
NMSU will limp along with 5 home games for a while. Remember, they're not like Idaho. You can count guaranteed games with UTEP and New Mexico every year. There are other independents that would want home and home games late in the season (army, Umass, BYU). They'll play 3 buy-games against P5 teams, and go buy an FCS team. So all that together is 9 games. Just need to go get 3 more and you have a schedule.

I think NMSU is playing it smart. Wait until the early 2020s for expansion to blow up again. The MWC will get hit, and they'll slide right in.
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
Joining the Southland would be like NMSU waiving the white flag on everything in athletics and academics. UTA, Texas St, and UTSA couldn't wait to get out.

The Southland doesn't look kindly even on schools in West Texas, never mind NM. It won't happen. Abilene Christian was a stretch for them.
02-05-2017 03:30 PM
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
What canetown said.

NMSU has guaranteed games with UTEP and UNM plus BYU might be interested in signing a 6 game series (4 in Provo and 2 in Las Cruces for example) and I'm sure they can sign one and ones with multiple G5 schools with 3 money games vs P5 schools. A NMSU schedule could look like this most years:

@P5 superpower
@UTEP
New Mexico
@P5 superpower
Regional FCS
@P5 middle of the pack
@G5
G5
@BYU
G5 or lower level P5
Regional FCS
@G5
02-05-2017 03:42 PM
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
ANOTHER what will NMSU do thread shot down!!!
02-05-2017 04:26 PM
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
(02-05-2017 03:42 PM)UTEPDallas Wrote:  What canetown said.

NMSU has guaranteed games with UTEP and UNM plus BYU might be interested in signing a 6 game series (4 in Provo and 2 in Las Cruces for example) and I'm sure they can sign one and ones with multiple G5 schools with 3 money games vs P5 schools. A NMSU schedule could look like this most years:

@P5 superpower
@UTEP
New Mexico
@P5 superpower
Regional FCS
@P5 middle of the pack
@G5
G5
@BYU
G5 or lower level P5
Regional FCS
@G5

That schedule is 1 FBS home game short of FBS standards. You need 4 + 1 FCS. A 2nd FCS game doesn't count.

Also, indy scheduling after September is a challenge. Conferences will clear spots for Notre Dame, Army, Navy (not anymore), but others are an uphill battle. NMSU might have better luck pushing UNM and UTEP to move those games--it's an established rivalry, they're doing a solid etc.
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
NMSU should remain FBS no matter what. Even if they never win again.

That's what I'd say about my school so I wish them the same.

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(02-05-2017 05:03 PM)ark30inf Wrote:  NMSU should remain FBS no matter what. Even if they never win again.

That's what I'd say about my school so I wish them the same.

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Winning and losing won't make much difference. The question is can they (and UMass, for that matter) get 4 FBS home games a year long-term.
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RE: Should NMSU join the Southland?
And they have a good basketball program. They really need FBS to eventually get a decent home for their basketball. They aren't getting in the West Coast or return to the Missouri Valley. So they have to hope for the MWC.
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