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Football: Why don't we play........

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This started as a topic about UB's sports program and funding over in the General section of this forum, but it got me to thinking. Why does UAlbany schedule places like Delaware, Northeastern, Hofstar,and get pasted and banged up when there's a natural (?) rivalry out at the other end of the Thruway?


I'd bet UB football, even with full scholarship, isn't over our heads competitively.

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They lost to someone like Villanova a couple of years ago so there playing 1AA days are behind them unless they drop down.


I also think they would beat us by 50 or 60. They SHOULD be able to spank NE, UMASS, Hofstra etc. Now Montana, JMU, or GA Southern would probably beat them.

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UB lost to Colgate 38-15 in 2003. Their OOC schedule is set for the next three years -

2005 - Home - Rutgers, Away - Connecticut, Syracuse

2006 - Home - Temple, Away - Rutgers, West Virginia

2007 - Home - Rutgers, Away - Temple, Syracuse


so unless Temple drops football there's no opening at UB anyway.


I-A can count 1 I-AA win toward bowl eligiblity every four years. There's a proposal to allow 1 every year. But UB isn't close to six wins yet so it wouldn't help them. 2008 is the next 12-game season, when they'll need seven wins for a bowl.

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