I agree with you for the most part but I think LA Tech is the best fb school not in the Big 6, MAC, MWCUSA. The turnover in the SBC is too crazy to say anyone is solid in fb year in year out but LA Tech has been pretty good for a while now not consistently #1 in the WAC (like last year) but typically in the top half.
FAU would just double the Fl presence and help the SE schools with recruiting the state.
I like MTSU as well, don't think Troy has a shot, Ark St would be a better fit.
I think only UNT, FIU, FAU have a shot if 18. But yeah, if La Tech is more solid, f*ck the market, like I've been saying all along when we get down to this level, if you have a good market like UNT, but suck and have Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, SMU, Oklahoma and OSU ahead of you in that market for fandom, then just give me a better school like La Tech who's in Ruston/Shreveport area. So.Miss and ECU have far better football programs than the 1 hit wonder SDSU and fill the stadium. But since SD is big they get to go to the BE. USC, UCLA have more fans in SD than SDSU.