If you thought the broader game off football learned that scheduling could be more dynamic after a season in which teams were forced to schedule same-week. There is a lot of value in scheduling in advance — a good portion of that is locking in travel costs at a discount. We all know earlier is better.
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Here is the linked version on the league website.
Let us take a quick scan of the games and tell you at this early date the most important game of the week. This is a silly task, given that we will not know what anything will look like in November but it is fun.
Saturday August 28
UTEP at NMST — The Miners are non-good but this is a rivalry game.
Wednesday, September 1
UAB vs Jacksonville St — Warm up game for the defending champs
Thursday, September 2
Long Island at FIU — Panthers are non-good but want to bounce back from an awful season
Saturday, September 4
12 games here but the most important is probably Duke at Charlotte — you get an ACC squad at home. Also it is an in-state squad and that is huge for local notoriety.
FAU at Florida is something, Tech at Mississippi State is a possible upset considering Mike Leach’s teams are known for dropping early season non-con games. Rice at Arkansas is an old Southwest Conference matchup.
Saturday, September 11
NT at SMU — This is a rivalry game and Seth Littrell has gotten beat down in the last two meetings in this one. This will be telling for NT
UAB at Georgia — A chance to make some noise nationally. These games are more important than any bowl game.
Saturday, September 18
Middle v UTSA / UAB at NT — A couple of conference games really early in the season. The NT vs UAB game was not played last year and boasts the best defense and the best offense, respectively .
Saturday, September 25
Middle at Charlotte / NT at Tech — Tech is still a contender, and by this time we will know if NT is as well. Middle and Charlotte are getting important division games in.
Saturday, October 2
There are four conference games, which are all important, but consider the Marshall at Middle game, and the FIU at FAU game. Maybe, the USM at Rice one if USM is any good.
Saturday, October 9
Charlotte at FIU
ODU at Marshall — Will ODU be a contender? They skipped a whole season. Divisional matchup.
Saturday, October 16
By this time we are well into conference play and this is the first all-conference slate of games. These three divisional games (of the five conference games) are the ones to watch.
WKU at ODU
Rice at UTSA
UAB at USM
Saturday, October 23
FAU at Charlotte
WKU at FIU
UTSA at Tech
Rice at UAB
All of the above are division games. Rice and UAB played an epic important pseudo playoff game to end the year. This is round two. UTSA and Tech will figure out which is good.
Saturday, October 30
Charlotte at WKU — Two (hopefully) good offenses battling it out in a division game. I like it.
NT at Rice — I think both of these teams will be good, so this is one to watch.
Saturday, November 6
Marshall at FAU — Both figure to be in the division title race.
Tech at UAB — Same here.
Saturday, November 13
UAB at Marshall — hey, round two of the title game from this past year.
WKU at Rice — This might be a preview of a conference title game.
Saturday, November 20
Marshall at Charlotte — Big game
FAU at WKU — Good team vs a team that hopes to be good
Saturday, November 27
Tech at Rice — could decide title game entrant.
WKU at Marshall — rivalry game that could decide the title game entrant
UTSA at NT — rivalry game
Saturday, December 4