Let me start by saying that I am nothing short of fired up over the new schedule for 2013. But I cannot for the life of me understand why we go though the pain every year of seeing someone like Wagner or Stony Brook on our schedule. In state rivalries are very popular around the college landscape. Why can't we be part of it.
We have two teams right here in NY that we have a long, although not very recent, history with.
First, Colgate - I realize we just played them a few years ago, but up to that point it had been a long time. If we're going to schedule an FCS team anyway, why not have it be someone that we have a back story with. This is big for them, as it gives the school and their players a date on the big stage, and for us an almost guarenteed win against an old rival. The drawback to the whiners is that we would have to suffer with another FCS game at home as Colgate's Andy Kerr Stadium only holds 10,221. Too bad really, as it is a lovely little stadium, with a view so nice it's hard to concentrate on a full game.
Second, and my choice, Army - A history exists, it's a natural in state rival that is FBS, and they typically are not good enough to threaten a probable win. The other bonus, is it's also a potential road game that us Cuse fans could actually get to easily and represent well. Michie Stadium holds 38,000. The entire experience there with the Cadets and such is incredible. I attended the game there in 1986, in which we LOST 33-28. I think we've only played them 2-3 times since then.
Our history versus Colgate
Our history versus Army
This certainly doesn't mean that we should do it every year, but why are these not a possibility from time to time. As New York's College Team, this also would give us an opportunity to beat the crap out of a NY opponent, and prove it.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or a resonable explaination as to why this doesn't happen?