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RE: 4 P5 FB road trips I'd like to see the Dukes make
(07-19-2017 10:01 AM)Wear Purple Wrote:  
(07-19-2017 09:54 AM)HyperDuke Wrote:  Oh man, the game in Raleigh is going to be BANANAS.

Speaking of, for selfish reasons, I'd like to see NC State have a really good season this fall and the Pack sign HC Dave Doeren to a healthy raise and extension. This will be his 5th season in Raleigh. His program is in an incredibly difficult division. While he has made some smaller meaningless exhibition games in late December in the last 3 seasons, his overall ACC record thru 4 years is 9-23 (never finishing at least .500 in any season). If the Pack stinks it up this year, they may be looking elsewhere come December and I'd prefer that not be the case (wink wink).

Their front 7 looks really good and they have good wide receivers too. Most know Jaylen Samuels but Kelvin Harmon is really good too. They can upset Clemson, FSU or Louisville but odds are 4th at best in that division. I could see an 8-4 season though.
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RE: 4 P5 FB road trips I'd like to see the Dukes make
(Yesterday 11:19 AM)DoubleDDuke Wrote:  
(Yesterday 10:46 AM)jmutoml757 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 10:24 AM)DoubleDDuke Wrote:  
(07-20-2017 11:50 AM)BDKJMU Wrote:  Pretty much going with teams JMU hasn't played, or at least in a quarter century or so.

1. Penn State
-106.5k capacity stadium (only 2nd? to Michigan)
-Great (from what I've seen on TV, heard & read) atmosphere- never been to a game there.
-Roughly about 3.5 hrs from JMU & DC, 5 hrs Richmond, 6-7 from Tidewater, so for almost everyone would be at least 1 overnight.
-Only about a 3 hr drive from where I live outside of Philadelphia.

2. Tennessee:
-102.5k capacity stadium.
-Great (from what I've seen on TV, heard & read) atmosphere- never been to a game there.
-Driveable for most of the fanbase (JMU, DC/Nova, Richmond, Tidewater), little further than PSU. Roughly between 5-8 hrs drive for the bulk of the JMU fanbase, so would be 1-2 overnights for everyone.
-9 hr drive for me, but enroute I could visit family in the Shenandoah Valley, same as I usually do for JMU home games.
-Only an hr from Gatlinburg & the Great Smokies, people could make it a 4-5 day trip (or longer) and spend time in the Smokies.

3. Pitt:
-For all the reasons that Purple mentioned.
-Driveable for most of the fanbase, a little further than PSU. Roughly between 4-7 hrs drive for the bulk of the JMU fanbase..
-Only about a 4.5 hr drive for me.

4. Syracuse:
-Bulk of the JMU fanbase would between 7-9 hour drive, too far for some. Bout a 4 hr drive for me.
-I'd get a day of fishing in on the Salmon River about 1/2 hr+ further north. Have done double digit guided float trips up there in the last 8 years..

5. Navy:(yeah I know not P5) For all the reasons already mentioned, 1-4 hrs from the bulk of the JMU fanbase. I'm a couple hours drive.

6. Army: (yeah I know not P5): For all the reasons already mentioned, 5-7 hours drive from the bulk of the JMU fansbase, I'm about 2 1/2 hrs.
-Early October would be best with the fall foliage.

7. UVA: Just to beat them again.

8. Buffalo:(yeah I know not P5)
-7 to 10 hours drive for the bulk of the JMU fanbase (6+ for me), so a lot would fly.
-Certainly winnable.
-This would be purely to do Niagara Falls, about a 1/2 hr north of Buffalo (would definitely want it to be a early Sept game). For anyone who hasn't seen them, its worth the trip IMHOP. I've been there, my elderly mom hasn't, so a game @ Buffalo would be an excuse to take her.

All of these would be good, although JMU football is about the only reason I can think of in life to go to Buffalo. Only thing is based on my observation, JMU seems to concentrate a lot of recruiting resources to the Carolinas. They probably spend more time there than anywhere outside of VA. So, I think that's why we haven't really seen scheduling going further North than Maryland. Probably why you see UNC, NC State, Duke, ECU, WVU. If they stay with that strategy, some other good opponents might be Wake, perhaps Vandy, and South Carolina (although not likely after Houston's Citadel team knocked them off). Although I'd love to get to a game at Clemson, I'd be a little worried about that getting ugly.

A game at Buffalo would be a waste of our one fbs game IMO. The MAC connection is of no benefit at this point, and the regional fbs games we currently have scheduled are great for a majority of our fan base. Penn St not a bad idea, as I know we have a fairly large contingency that would drive to that game. Syracuse? Not so sure about that one either.

Yeah, of all mentioned, Buffalo doesn't get me very excited either and the payday would not be substantial at all. I'd much rather play someone like Marshall if it's not going to be a P5. I've been through Syracuse several times on the way to Canada and I agree with you on that one as well. It's actually kind of a depressing town to be honest so I don't think it'd bring much allure for our fans to make that trip. Wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but if we're gonna go North, there are more desirable places, some of which were noted. Rutgers might be a good one as well.

All this said, I think we all realize that these things are dictated by the FBS schools so in some sense we have to kind of take what we can get.

Like I said, the only reason I mentioned Buffalo was because of Niagara Falls. The only reasons I mentioned Cuse are for me- 4 hrs drive and fall fishing trip to the Salmon River (or Lake Ontario out of Oswego, NY)

To me the football game is only half of it. The other half is what is there to do that interests me (and/or possibly others) nearby or enroute, possibly making it anywhere from a long weekend, to up to a week. I was keeping my list to reasonably drivable. Add in flying and the list becomes way longer.
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RE: 4 P5 FB road trips I'd like to see the Dukes make
(Yesterday 02:55 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  Like I said, the only reason I mentioned Buffalo was because of Niagara Falls. The only reasons I mentioned Cuse are for me- 4 hrs drive and fall fishing trip to the Salmon River..

To me the football game is only half of it. The other half is what is there to do that interests me and/or possibly others) nearby or enroute, possibly making it anywhere from a long weekend, to up to a week. I was keeping my list to reasonably drivable. Add in flying and the list becomes way longer.

This is why JMU needs to be proactive and form a new conference which includes Hawaii, UNLV, Nevada (Reno), Utah State (for the snow skiing), American University in San Juan PR, Bermuda College, and Nevada Career Institute (Las Vegas). We need to play an 8-game football schedule each season all on the road. All men's and women's hoops games? On the road. All other JMU sports vs conference foes? You guessed it...that's right...on the road.

Recruiting will soar. These will become our proverbial "peers" that people yack about all the time here. People might ask how the hell will we pay for all of this travel. That's easy. Throw a few games against the spread, then invest those winnings at a craps table while in Vegas or Reno. Expansion opportunities include colleges in the Canadian Rockies (more great skiing opportunities, plus the entire Great White North TV market), Trump University, and some colleges in the Alps.

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RE: 4 P5 FB road trips I'd like to see the Dukes make
(Yesterday 03:04 PM)Wear Purple Wrote:  
(Yesterday 02:55 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  Like I said, the only reason I mentioned Buffalo was because of Niagara Falls. The only reasons I mentioned Cuse are for me- 4 hrs drive and fall fishing trip to the Salmon River..

To me the football game is only half of it. The other half is what is there to do that interests me and/or possibly others) nearby or enroute, possibly making it anywhere from a long weekend, to up to a week. I was keeping my list to reasonably drivable. Add in flying and the list becomes way longer.

This is why JMU needs to be proactive and form a new conference which includes Hawaii, UNLV, Nevada (Reno), Utah State (for the snow skiing), American University in San Juan PR, Bermuda College, and Nevada Career Institute (Las Vegas). We need to play an 8-game football schedule each season all on the road. All men's and women's hoops games? On the road. All other JMU sports vs conference foes? You guessed it...that's right...on the road.

Recruiting will soar. These will become our proverbial "peers" that people yack about all the time here. People might ask how the hell will we pay for all of this travel. That's easy. Throw a few games against the spread, then invest those winnings at a craps table while in Vegas or Reno. Expansion opportunities include colleges in the Canadian Rockies (more great skiing opportunities, plus the entire Great White North TV market), Trump University, and some colleges in the Alps.

:>)

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(Yesterday 04:53 PM)jmutoml757 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 03:04 PM)Wear Purple Wrote:  
(Yesterday 02:55 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  Like I said, the only reason I mentioned Buffalo was because of Niagara Falls. The only reasons I mentioned Cuse are for me- 4 hrs drive and fall fishing trip to the Salmon River..

To me the football game is only half of it. The other half is what is there to do that interests me and/or possibly others) nearby or enroute, possibly making it anywhere from a long weekend, to up to a week. I was keeping my list to reasonably drivable. Add in flying and the list becomes way longer.

This is why JMU needs to be proactive and form a new conference which includes Hawaii, UNLV, Nevada (Reno), Utah State (for the snow skiing), American University in San Juan PR, Bermuda College, and Nevada Career Institute (Las Vegas). We need to play an 8-game football schedule each season all on the road. All men's and women's hoops games? On the road. All other JMU sports vs conference foes? You guessed it...that's right...on the road.

Recruiting will soar. These will become our proverbial "peers" that people yack about all the time here. People might ask how the hell will we pay for all of this travel. That's easy. Throw a few games against the spread, then invest those winnings at a craps table while in Vegas or Reno. Expansion opportunities include colleges in the Canadian Rockies (more great skiing opportunities, plus the entire Great White North TV market), Trump University, and some colleges in the Alps.

:>)

I'll have whatever he's been drinking...04-cheers

04-cheers

Heck, I left out the best part. We will be adding new sports (fully funded with COA too). Men's and women's surfing...men's and women's competitive snorkeling...Women's snow skiing...and, a men's bobsled team.

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RE: 4 P5 FB road trips I'd like to see the Dukes make
(Yesterday 04:53 PM)jmutoml757 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 03:04 PM)Wear Purple Wrote:  
(Yesterday 02:55 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  Like I said, the only reason I mentioned Buffalo was because of Niagara Falls. The only reasons I mentioned Cuse are for me- 4 hrs drive and fall fishing trip to the Salmon River..

To me the football game is only half of it. The other half is what is there to do that interests me and/or possibly others) nearby or enroute, possibly making it anywhere from a long weekend, to up to a week. I was keeping my list to reasonably drivable. Add in flying and the list becomes way longer.

This is why JMU needs to be proactive and form a new conference which includes Hawaii, UNLV, Nevada (Reno), Utah State (for the snow skiing), American University in San Juan PR, Bermuda College, and Nevada Career Institute (Las Vegas). We need to play an 8-game football schedule each season all on the road. All men's and women's hoops games? On the road. All other JMU sports vs conference foes? You guessed it...that's right...on the road.

Recruiting will soar. These will become our proverbial "peers" that people yack about all the time here. People might ask how the hell will we pay for all of this travel. That's easy. Throw a few games against the spread, then invest those winnings at a craps table while in Vegas or Reno. Expansion opportunities include colleges in the Canadian Rockies (more great skiing opportunities, plus the entire Great White North TV market), Trump University, and some colleges in the Alps.

:>)

I'll have whatever he's been drinking...04-cheers

Haha, make it 3. I am not trying to go back to the newest conference rumor thread, but if we go into ECU and get another AAC W after getting one at SMU, and we're investing in a new hoops facility, is it really that much of a pipe dream for us to be considered by the AAC? I mean, the rest of our athletics programs are strong particularly on the women's side. It might not be that far fetched. It'd definitely change this entire conversation.
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