What game got cancelled?
What game got cancelled?
Now the Independence Bowl IS always a possibility, but only after it has exhausted every possible avenue to put P5 teams in it. There were maybe 15,000 in the stands to watch NC State and Vanderbilt in it this year, but the I-bowl still prefers the 9th place SEC and 6th place ACC teams over the SBC or CUSA champions.
It could have been any of WMU, Navy, or Temple depending on who won their league, but things could easily have been different. With 3 losses this season, App got votes in the final poll. Troy was ranked mid-season. If either one had only one loss, they would have been right in that mix to be the replacement school had WMU loss their conference championship game.
It's not a matter of if an SBC school can make that Bowl, but when.
The Independence bowl will never be a better bowl for UL fans, but we might face a more formidable opponent provided every chip in the universe fell right. Remember we took the NOLA bowl a few back because we did not want to pull a LTU when NOLA offered early, and the Indy was flirting.
A Sunbelt team would need to go undefeated and have major help from other G5 conferences top teams having multiple loses. IMO, the Sunbelt is looked as a joke compared to MWC, MAC, and AAC. For the past 5 or so years, we kept accepted FCS teams into the conference and had them in 1 year become favorites to win conference titles. That hurts our perception and will hurt if a sunbelt team is paired with any 1-2 lose teams in the AAC or MWC. I dont care what some say, we are looked at as a FCS conference by everyone I know who follows college football.
The CUSA champion was an FCS school 8 years ago.
The school tied for the best record in CUSA was an FCS 3 years ago.
The school that finished 2nd in CUSA West was an FCS 5 years ago.
Let me ask you. Would you rather we kick out App and re-invite Idaho? Do you think CUSA is dying to kick out WKU, ODU and UTSA?
I don't think a team from the MAC, SBC, or CUSA will ever play in the access bowl unless one of them has an undefeated champion in a year when Boise, Houston, UCF, USF, and maybe a couple of other teams have one or more losses. A one loss MWC or AAC champion might still get in over our undefeated champ, but at least we'd have a shot.
I also don't think that being a recent FCS call up would affect a team one way or the other.
Did all ten conferences vote before?
Hard to believe saban only wants to play p5, whats stopping him then?
Beating #5 Michigan on the road as an FCS forever cemented App State in college lore.
if I was App st, I wouldn't like being called App or app st, good thing im not them I guess
Since I've used this link a ton, I'm pretty familiar with it: They request "Appalachian State" (Abbreviated APP) LOL