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only one for sure FBS spot left
All these FCS schools are starting to talk FBS when only one for sure spot is left. Who gets that last spot? EKU, Liberty, JMU, Lamar, and MSU All want to go FBS. The Sun Belt has a big decision to make and one of these teams could be lucky enough to be the last FCS to FBS move for some time.

I could see Idaho eventually leaving the Belt and creating another spot but that could be several years from now. It seems 12 is the magic number now that the CFP has started. I don't see CUSA adding any teams even if they lose two. I think the MAC is ok staying at 12. The MWC seems ok at 12. I just don't see any major realignment opening any spots for any more FCS teams.

One for sure spot left and seveal teams wanting in. Who is ready and willing to make that move today. We all know the answer but most aren't willing to accept it. Liberty will get that last FCS to FBS spot.
04-07-2014 10:44 AM
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RE: only one for sure FBS spot left
Who cares if they are ready today. Why would we be in a rush and just hand it out. FAU and FIU weren't really ready either but it worked out.
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Man do I ever hope you are right!
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(04-07-2014 10:44 AM)statefanatic Wrote:  All these FCS schools are starting to talk FBS when only one for sure spot is left. Who gets that last spot? EKU, Liberty, JMU, Lamar, and MSU All want to go FBS. The Sun Belt has a big decision to make and one of these teams could be lucky enough to be the last FCS to FBS move for some time.

I could see Idaho eventually leaving the Belt and creating another spot but that could be several years from now. It seems 12 is the magic number now that the CFP has started. I don't see CUSA adding any teams even if they lose two. I think the MAC is ok staying at 12. The MWC seems ok at 12. I just don't see any major realignment opening any spots for any more FCS teams.

One for sure spot left and seveal teams wanting in. Who is ready and willing to make that move today. We all know the answer but most aren't willing to accept it. Liberty will get that last FCS to FBS spot.

The Sun Belt holds the golden ticket for sure. What's the deal with Idaho anyways? Has the Sun Belt promised them anything? Why are they even here?
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RE: only one for sure FBS spot left
(04-07-2014 10:48 AM)pjc1979 Wrote:  
(04-07-2014 10:44 AM)statefanatic Wrote:  All these FCS schools are starting to talk FBS when only one for sure spot is left. Who gets that last spot? EKU, Liberty, JMU, Lamar, and MSU All want to go FBS. The Sun Belt has a big decision to make and one of these teams could be lucky enough to be the last FCS to FBS move for some time.

I could see Idaho eventually leaving the Belt and creating another spot but that could be several years from now. It seems 12 is the magic number now that the CFP has started. I don't see CUSA adding any teams even if they lose two. I think the MAC is ok staying at 12. The MWC seems ok at 12. I just don't see any major realignment opening any spots for any more FCS teams.

One for sure spot left and seveal teams wanting in. Who is ready and willing to make that move today. We all know the answer but most aren't willing to accept it. Liberty will get that last FCS to FBS spot.

The Sun Belt holds the golden ticket for sure. What's the deal with Idaho anyways? Has the Sun Belt promised them anything? Why are they even here?

Idaho is here because they were a previous Sun Belt member and would have given the Belt 12 teams. WKU decided to go to CUSA leaving us with 11 teams. I don't think Idaho will last very long at the FBS level. The Sun Belt won't kick them out. We will have to wait for them to leave on there own.
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(04-07-2014 10:48 AM)pjc1979 Wrote:  The Sun Belt holds the golden ticket for sure. What's the deal with Idaho anyways? Has the Sun Belt promised them anything? Why are they even here?

Because there was a time when the Sun Belt was on the verge of not having enough football playing members to keep an FBS league going. I think NMSU and Idaho were added to solidify a 7 team league (two schools were transitioning and two schools had yet to be invited).
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RE: only one for sure FBS spot left
I really think UMass is the 12 team (fb-only) for the Sunbelt. When Idaho finally realizes they need to go FCS, then another spot will open up.
If the Big 12 goes to 12, then I see Cincy/Memphis gone from the AAC, AAC raids Charlotte and ODU. C-USA stays at 12 as well as the Sunbelt.
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RE: only one for sure FBS spot left
(04-07-2014 10:55 AM)FIUFan Wrote:  
(04-07-2014 10:48 AM)pjc1979 Wrote:  The Sun Belt holds the golden ticket for sure. What's the deal with Idaho anyways? Has the Sun Belt promised them anything? Why are they even here?

Because there was a time when the Sun Belt was on the verge of not having enough football playing members to keep an FBS league going. I think NMSU and Idaho were added to solidify a 7 team league (two schools were transitioning and two schools had yet to be invited).
That is not the case. Idaho was not needed to keep the league going in FBS.
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(04-07-2014 10:56 AM)MWC Tex Wrote:  I really think UMass is the 12 team (fb-only) for the Sunbelt. When Idaho finally realizes they need to go FCS, then another spot will open up.
If the Big 12 goes to 12, then I see Cincy/Memphis gone from the AAC, AAC raids Charlotte and ODU. C-USA stays at 12 as well as the Sunbelt.

To me, in that area, MTSU seems a more solid athletic program than Charlotte. ODU, like UTSA, has a lot of FBS potential but after the first class graduates, it will be interesting to see how these programs reload. As far as 12 members is concerned, I would agree that C-USA would stay at 12 for a while if further realignment occurs.
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(04-07-2014 10:47 AM)ark30inf Wrote:  Who cares if they are ready today. Why would we be in a rush and just hand it out. FAU and FIU weren't really ready either but it worked out.

You forgot about the willing part. Liberty is the only school willing to make the move now. JMU has decided it is MAC or bust. MSU is a couple years from willing to make the move. EKU is the same as MSU. Then we have Lamar who may be willing but nobody wants them.

Liberty is the only school who is willing and ready now. That is why they will be the 12th member. The Belt wants a CCG next year and that require a team be announce this year.
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