What about schools like UCF and Boise? Will it get easier or harder for them to get 1-1 deals with their recent success? I think it will be harder because teams realize they could get beat by them and upper echelon teams in power conferences will be reluctant to schedule them. I can UCF getting a good deal with team's like Purdue, but I don't see tOSU ever coming to Brighthouse Network Stadium in Orlando.
True, but a major is a major, be it Purdue or tOSU. Yeah, some majors purposely evade 1-1's with strong mid-majors, but I think programs with decent facilities don't tend to have that problem so much. Looking at the future schedules of Houston, ECU, Memphis, USF, and even SMU...they get their games. It's because their fans will travel, too, relatively or even outright (Houston and SMU have a lot of games with TCU, Baylor, Tech, etc...old intrastate SWC rivals).
It's always about money. UCF, while they play in a decent venue, doesn't necessarily travel well. How did they do with the Fiesta Bowl...couldn't even push half their 17.5K tickets? Some majors will use that as ammo to deny the travel. Who scratches their back? The same was with Boise, who took the issue and ran on a "we'll play anyone, anywhere" premise. UCF is probably going to have to do the same (and I suspect this is why a P5 school wouldn't want them...how popular are these teams, really, outside of internet message boards?).
AAC has programs like UConn and Cincinnati, who run their departments at relatively pricey rates. But, how are they to contribute, both to their own departments or the conference altogether, if they can't secure top content? Content at these universities are such a big deal with programs that have big budgets. They help fund the entire AD, and they help to generate interest in the program. Yeah, a school can do the Boise State thing...get paid to travel...but if the games aren't nationally televised, what worth are they, really? Is it sustainable? I don't think it is.
For the Tulane's and Tulsa's of the AAC, or the Temple's for that matter, it's business as usual. For UConn's and Cincy's...and maybe even UCF, who now has some questions to ask about what a top program needs to do beyond field performance, these are "the top" of the conference. The chasers. How are they bringing the money in?
This is why I'm so impressed with what ODU did. ODU's venue isn't that great. Programs like them take body-baggers for years, with little giveback. CUSA and ODU win big with that score. It makes them a commodity.