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TheAccountant

Bowl Records by Conference

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2 hours ago, TheAccountant said:

I think it means more for G5 conferences than for P5 conferences. As a G5 conference, this is your opportunity to show you belong on the big stage, which is the argument that UCF and the AAC has been making the last two seasons.

In the AAC's case, if you think you belong with the P5 conferences (P6 initiative), then your mediocre teams should beat the other G5 conferences' mediocre/good teams (USF lost to CUSA Marshall, Houston lost to independent Army) and the best teams in your conference should be able to beat the better teams in the P5 conferences (UCF lost to SEC LSU, Temple lost to ACC duke, Memphis lost to ACC Wake Forest). 

For reference, last year the AAC went 3-1 against P5 opponents (USF beat Texas Tech, UCF beat Auburn, and Navy beat Virginia) and 2-1 against G5 opponents. Those kind of results are what you would expect from a G5 team that is equal to the P5 conferences. 

The reg season matchups between other G5 conferences and P5 conferences are a lot more telling than bowl games ......

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Bowls games are losing their shine for players outside of the swag, which they get no matter what happens in the game. 

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12 hours ago, TheAccountant said:

I think it means more for G5 conferences than for P5 conferences. As a G5 conference, this is your opportunity to show you belong on the big stage, which is the argument that UCF and the AAC has been making the last two seasons.

In the AAC's case, if you think you belong with the P5 conferences (P6 initiative), then your mediocre teams should beat the other G5 conferences' mediocre/good teams (USF lost to CUSA Marshall, Houston lost to independent Army) and the best teams in your conference should be able to beat the better teams in the P5 conferences (UCF lost to SEC LSU, Temple lost to ACC duke, Memphis lost to ACC Wake Forest). 

For reference, last year the AAC went 3-1 against P5 opponents (USF beat Texas Tech, UCF beat Auburn, and Navy beat Virginia) and 2-1 against G5 opponents. Those kind of results are what you would expect from a G5 team that is equal to the P5 conferences. 

that assumes any of these appearances of "belonging" with the P5 are anything more than random noise that has zero bearing whatsoever on any of the G5 teams ever finding inclusion.

I am thoroughly convinced that there is simply no path or method provided that will ever change the current structure short of some ripple in some of the P5 conferences. Basically we are on the sidelines-- and sure-- it might be taken into consideration by some of the powers that be some day when they need to add a few teams here and there. But I feel USF is stuck where we are going to be for many years to come (short of course of the previous stated major shakeup).

In other words-- this attention to how the conferences did in some more or less meaningless bowl games is just NOISE. The regular season games much more important and the P5 will always work to make sure the G5 only gets a handful of those so as to not make too much noise and give the convenient excuse of "Oh- why don't you schedule/play more P5 teams?" or that old gem "Why don't you guys just join a P5 conference?" -- both are equally annoying and laughable logic wise.

My point is stop buying into what the P5 is selling. We aren't even in the discussion beyond the occasional scheduling need.

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