Is there any doubt we will add a mac team to the 2012 schedule? Michigan’s open dates are 9/15 then ND on the road, and 9/29 then Purdue on the road in the BIG opener. Alabama in Dallas and Air Force at home are the other non-conference games already on the schedule.
Most MAC teams seem set with 4 non-conference games or are otherwise out of realistic contention. With Umass joining there is some potential for changes.
-Buffalo (UGA, Morgan St, Uconn, Pitt--ugh)
-BG (FL, ID, VT, RI--doh!)
-Miami (Ohio St, Boise, Mizzou, Cincy--ouch!)
-NIU (IOWA, UT-Martin, Army, Kansas)
-Ohio (Penn St, NM st, Marshall, Norfolk St)
-Ball St (Clemson, Indiana, USF, Army)
-WMU (Illinois, EIU, MInny, Uconn)
-Kent (Army, UK, Rutgers, Towson)
-EMU (Purdue, Mich St, Army, open date on the 29th)
-CMU (Mich St, Iowa, Navy , open dates on the 15th and 29th)
Leaving as realistic choices.
-Temple (Penn St, Maryland, Villanova, open dates on the 15th and 29th)
-Toledo* (Arizona, Wyoming, Coastal Carolina, open dates on the 15th and 29th)
UPSHOT: Clearly, Brandon based on odds, goes for UMass then Akron or Toledo on the 29th preferably but the 15th is okay if you can get Umass. Temple could be a wild card from the MAC or could Brandon go Coastal or Appy St on us?
Amirite? Are there rumors I've missed?