Decatur Jack

March 26th, 2013 at 8:23 AM ^

how important Michigan is to college football. UMass levied their game against Michigan as "proof" that they were deserving of Division I-A. How much you want to bet Appy State did the exact same?

Won't be long before Youngstown State makes a run of it.

Steves_Wolverines

March 26th, 2013 at 10:53 AM ^

I graduated with my B.S. from GVSU, and am proud to say that I attended just about every baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball that I could fit in my schedule. 

The problem with the students at GV is that they expect to win at every sport, and don't see any reason to go watch us clobber another team, week after week. 

I think that if they were to join D1, they would get a lot more interest from the student body to go and watch them play. Well, as long as admission to sporting events is still included in the tuition costs. 

And I will say that I was embarrassed of the studnet section as a GVSU fan that went to every football game. They wouldn't go to games that were too cold. Or if we were winning by 20 at halftime, they would all leave. 

But I'm a proud Laker and would love to see them moved up to D1

Wolverine Devotee

March 26th, 2013 at 9:09 AM ^

FCS would be the ideal move for EMU. They'd be the only the Michigan school in the FCS, they would be near the top of their conference in most years and could literally be national championship contenders.

"EMU is your Division I Football National Champion!" Surreal to say?

MGlobules

March 26th, 2013 at 9:13 AM ^

trying to recall who the heck this Appallachian was. . . Isn't this, like, ridiculously OT? Some random school? There's a lot of good Michigan stuff going on. . .

Kevbo714

March 26th, 2013 at 10:03 AM ^

... App State's team has been competing for national championships over an extended period of time. With the Big Ten/ Sec raiding the Big East, 12, ACC, those conferences are going to be looking to rebuild their ranks from C- USA, Sunbelt, once again, Big East. We know what direction things roll.

LSAClassOf2000

March 26th, 2013 at 12:46 PM ^

Per Dennis Dodd over at CBS, (LINK) in addition to Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, the Sun Belt will also reportedly pick up Idaho and New Mexico State as football-only members. Another interesting tidbit from the article:

"If the Sun Belt champion finishes as the highest rated team among the so-called Group of Five (along with Conference USA, new Big East, Mountain West and MAC) it will get a berth in one of the new playoff bowls beginning in 2014."

So, if I interpret this correctly, the potential - however exceedingly remote based on tie-ins and rankings - of a bowl matchup exists sometime far in the future if things aligned correctly.