Now that the all the football schedules are out (except SEMO’s, even though we know who they’re going to play…) for the 2013 season, it’s time to rank the “money games.”
Although this year, not every FCS vs FBS games is a money game, as one OVC team hosts a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. So this year, we won’t call it ranking the money games, instead it’s ranking the FCS vs FBS games.
Like last year, we’ll look at three areas: Travel distance, the matchup, and the prestige of the opponent. (a.k.a. will my school get a shoutout on College Gameday as they inevitably complain about FBS teams’ cupcake opponents in week one.)
This year, the OVC has more FBS matchups than last, with one team playing three of their four non-conference games against upper division teams. So we’ll split out count down into three parts, starting with the four lowest ranking FCS vs FBS games.
Don’t read too much into the matchup and prestige ratings for San Diego State. They fall into that group of teams that’s not bad, but doesn’t get a lot of press. So traveling nearly two thousand miles to play a team that’s been very solid over the past five years that no one’s really going to even notice? Uhhhhhhhh.
This game is much like the San Diego State game. Ohio’s a solid team in the MAC. But they’re not Northern Illinois, and there’s only really room to praise one MAC team at a time in the national discussion. This is Austin Peay’s third game against an FBS opponent, meaning it’s possibly they’ll be beat up before this one even starts. And don’t expect Austin Peay to raise above a “D” in any matchup rating against an FBS opponent…
If Murray were playing in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this would be completely different. Instead, it’s Ohio. Bowling Green has a solid 8-5 year last year, but were 2-10 two years before. There’s nothing really amazing about this matchup, and is a decent test of where the Racers are a few weeks into the year. But there’s not a lot of reason to think that Murray can seriously challenge for an upset, so it’s really just another forgettable September game.
Good News: TTU’s streak of Gameday mentions is likely to be extended to two years. Also Good News: The game isn’t 2,000 miles away this year. And…that’s the end of the good news. I know the money has to be good. At least I hope it is to continue scheduling these killer games. Maybe we’ll get some cool new uniforms for their money game this year too.