|Please let it be any Big Sky team other than Montana State. From: CUBuffs.com|
But, it's not that easy. First, there's the anticipated loss in ticket revenue. The leading assumption in the past has been that CU fans will only show up to see 'name,' or at least BCS, opponents. While I think that's crap, it should become expected to show up regardless of the opponent, it's been the standard coming from Dal Ward for some time now. Point in fact, these two FCS teams popping up on the schedule in 2012 and 2013 will mean CU will go two years without playing a major conference opponent in non-con play for the first time since 1948.
Second, there's always the chance the Buffs could lose.
What Buff fan doesn't remember the '06 and '08 dates with Big Sky opponents Montana State and Eastern Washington State? The '06 home loss to MSU sits like a black stain on the history of the program, and the entirety of Buff Nation flirted with jumping off the 3rd Flatiron when EWU took a 21-7 lead into halftime in '08. While those performances, or lack there of, can easily be attributed to the anti-football ways of Coach Hawk, I'd rather just avoid that conference of Buffalo-killers entirely.
|I'd also like to avoid EWU if possible. From: CUBuffs.com|
I have to figure that the only reason that CU AD Mike Bohn is going through with scheduling another FCS opponent (after saying he would avoid it after the dueling Big Sky fiascoes) is that the rebuilding process is shaping up to be longer and more difficult than previously imagined, and that the financial flexibility afforded by the increase in conference revenues will allow him to spike a few home dates on the schedule to keep with the 6 home-game commitment.
Regardless, I approach the return of FCS squads, and those from the Big Sky in particular, to future CU schedules with trepidation.