fighting muskie wrote:
Maybe Army needs to consider this scheduling model:
an FCS school
the 9 worst FBS schools they can find.
That way they would get some wins and bring some respectability to the program.
Army shouldn't be scheduling anyone that they dont have at least a 50/50 chance of beating. They can still keep a modicum of academic prestige by scheduling schools like Tulane, Rice, and Miami (OH). They also need to be thinking about getting into major markets. Scheduling Georgia St and/or Charlotte each year would be wise; neither will be any good for some time and they play in the South's two largest metropolitan areas. San Jose St serves a similar purpose for a West Coast presence. While playing SMU and TCU is more prestigious for the Black Knights of the Hudson, North Texas would be an easier game ans also gets them in the Dallas/Ft Worth market. Army definitely needs to have a national schedule and I think conference membership would be bad for them but they need to play the easiest national schedule their AD can make.
Navy, Air Force, Temple, UMass, NE D1AA, Eastern Michigan, Tulane, Rice, SMU, Miami OH, San Jose, Wake Forest, Duke, Vanderbilt, FAU / FIU for Florida exposure, Georgia St, Charlotte, and Old Dominion make for a winnable schedule. Just stick with Sunbelt, CUSA, AAC, MWC, and MAC bottom feeders. I think the old AD Navy policy was 4 games we should win, 4 games we can win, and 4 games we hope to win for an annual schedule before Navy joined the AAC. That type of scheduling produced at least 6&6 or 7&5 seasons and a post season bowl year after year.
Still think Army could be competitive in the MAC or Sunbelt with a soft OOC schedule if they had a desire to join a conference again or were forced to join a conference down the road and give up being an independent for FB.