CUSA Schools compared to the Nations Best athletic performers…..

Welcome to the off season in the middle of the summer. You guessed it, another ranking for college sports. However this is CBS Sports FBS ranking for their overall 2013 season performance.  So how did all FBS schools compare when it came to the major college sports?   Once again, CBS Sports sought to find out with their own custom formula how the 126 FBS (2013) teams compared  CBS only used NCAA sanctioned sports for each school and ranked them accordingly.   I have sorted a few stats that show how CUSA teams compare to each other with their overall achievement points here..  If you are interested in other comparisons I have sorted stats several different ways on the G5 Fan Forum blog site.  If anyone would like to request a custom sort please contact and we will do all we can to help.

On the G5 blog I have ranked all G5 schools in order. I also have the overall rank of all FBS schools.  .  (*Point total ties * Ranking)

ODU Logo lion 9  MDSU Football logo  Rice Football Logo  WKU Football logo

Link …  http://www.cbssports.com/general/best-in-college-sports

56 Old Dominion
74 Middle Tennessee
74 Rice
74 Western Kentucky
95 Marshall
95 North Texas
95 Texas-San Antonio
111 Florida Atlantic
111 Southern Miss
111 Texas-El Paso
118 Alabama at Birmingham
121 Louisiana Tech
123 Florida International
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CUSA Schools compared to the Nations Best athletic performers…..

Welcome to the off season in the middle of the summer. You guessed it, another ranking for college sports. However this is CBS Sports FBS ranking for their overall 2013 season performance.  So how did all FBS schools compare when it came to the major college sports?   Once again, CBS Sports sought to find out with their own custom formula how the 126 FBS (2013) teams compared  CBS only used NCAA sanctioned sports for each school and ranked them accordingly.   I have sorted a few stats that show how CUSA teams compare to each other with their overall achievement points here..  If you are interested in other comparisons I have sorted stats several different ways on the G5 Fan Forum blog site.  If anyone would like to request a custom sort please contact and we will do all we can to help.

On the G5 blog I have ranked all G5 schools in order. I also have the overall rank of all FBS schools.  .  (*Point total ties * Ranking)

ODU Logo lion 9  MDSU Football logo  Rice Football Logo  WKU Football logo

Link …  http://www.cbssports.com/general/best-in-college-sports

56 Old Dominion
74 Middle Tennessee
74 Rice
74 Western Kentucky
95 Marshall
95 North Texas
95 Texas-San Antonio
111 Florida Atlantic
111 Southern Miss
111 Texas-El Paso
118 Alabama at Birmingham
121 Louisiana Tech
123 Florida International

We should be at the top, not in the bottom 20 /40 /60 !

    Daffy Duck

 

4 The five star

While the Pundits debate preseason polls and the eventual landing place of our teams among the 128 in FBS we anxiously hope for the best.   Heck, we the fans, those in the trenches will always feel the need to go to battle to defend the absurd placement of our beloved football team by “those guys”.  After all in our opinion the seven dwarfs or daffy duck could compile a more accurate countdown than the sports writers turned soothsayer five months before the start of football season.  

So, we prepare a litany of reasons why they are wrong.   Remember, there will always be those at the bottom, those that were arbitrarily selected in the almost bottom, upper middle, middle, just above the top 25 and eventually those in the top 25 and we will always hear a few say “we were cheated”.   The fact is those selected somewhere in the middle are just that “Somewhere in the middle”.   The best way to look at any of the preseason polls should never be as a barometer to measure a team’s success.   Most players and coaches probably use it as a motivator. It is human nature to say “let’s prove them wrong”.  Fan’s can debate the “I think we are better” and how could that no good bias trained monkey…and “he calls himself a sports writer” ….. have the nerve to say we do not deserve to be in the top 10, 25, 50 or even 100.  It is all relative, but means absolutely NOTHING.   So take it for what it is worth.  It is intended as entertainment and to lure the college football fan to return every day to see if their team has been picked.  Snatched from thin air, plucked from the heavens and branded as the blankety–blank worst or best team in 2014.  

Depending how you look at it, it may say more about you than your team’s future.  Have fun with preseason polls.  Enjoy the discussion during the off season, there is not much left to talk about except the predictions of what may be.

Orlando Sentinel Countdown Paul Myerberg’s 2014 Countdown
#83 Old Dominion
#84 Boston College
#85 Kent State
#86 South Alabama
#87 FAU
#88 Indiana
#89 Tennessee
#90 TCU No. 90: Western Kentucky (CUSA)
#91 SMU No. 91: Texas State (Sun Belt)
#93 Colorado No. 92: South Florida (AAC)
#93 Memphis No. 93: Connecticut (AAC)
#94 Air Force No. 94: Akron (MAC)
#95 UConn No. 95: Virginia (ACC)
#96 Arkansas No. 96: West Tennessee State (AAC)
#97 Illinois No. 97: Florida Atlantic (CUSA)
#98 North Carolina State No. 98: Rutgers (Big Ten)
#99 West Virginia No. 99: Iowa State (Big 12)
#100 Wake Forest No. 100: Southern Methodist (AAC)
#101 Utah No. 101: Colorado (Pac-12)
#102 Louisiana Tech No. 102: Air Force (MWC)
#103 Wyoming No. 103: Wyoming (MWC)
#104 UTEP No. 104: Kentucky (SEC)
#105 New Mexico No. 105: Wake Forest (ACC)
#106 Iowa State No. 106: Old Dominion (CUSA)
#107 Kentucky No. 107: Kent State (MAC)
#108 Idaho No. 108: Purdue (Big Ten)
#109 Tulsa No. 109: Tulane (AAC)
#110 Western Michigan No. 110: New Mexico (MWC)
#111 New Mexico State No. 111: UNLV (MWC)
#112 USM No. 112: Kansas (Big 12)
#113 Temple No. 113: Southern Mississippi (CUSA)
#114 Army No. 114: UT-El Paso (CUSA)
#115 Purdue No. 115: New Mexico State (Sun Belt)
#116 USF No. 116: California (Pac-12)
#117 UAB No.117:  WMU (MAC)
#118 Eastern Michigan No. 118: Army (Independent)
#119 Virginia No. 119: Appalachian State (Sun Belt)
#120 Miami (Ohio) No. 120: Alabama-Birmingham (CUSA)
#121 California No. 121: Idaho (Sun Belt)
#122 Kansas No. 122: Miami (MAC)
#123 UMass No. 123: Hawaii (MWC)
#124 Georgia Southern No. 124: Georgia Southern (Sun Belt)
#125 Hawaii No. 125: Georgia State (Sun Belt)
#126 Appy State No. 126: EMU (MAC)
#127 FIU No. 127: Florida International (CUSA)
#128 Georgia State No. 128: Massachusetts (MAC)

Power Five * Group of Five * Media Bias

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WKU over Kentucky 35-26      ECU over UNC 55-31        GA Southern over Florida 26-20

 

The mere fact the media has selected the label “Power Conference” is a testament of how the media views and has created a built in bias for the so called “Power Conference” schools.    The media recognizes the others, yes; there is a “Group of Five” – other schools that play FBS football. Schools that do not have the NCAA’s BCS label attached, well it is just more evidence of a media snub.  The NCAA’s decision to create the BCS label was to separate the conferences for a more competitive alliances.  All done under the umbrella “for the good of amateur college athletics” at least that is what they told us at that time.  Yep, this was the brainchild of the NCAA to have a financial separation of conferences into divisions that spent x amount of dollars on athletics so the advantages over those that spent less would not feel slighted.  At the time it seemed to be a reasonable justification for the divisional separation, hence the term BCS.   That has perpetuated into the position of the “BIGS”   the antiquated name they use to refer to themselves up until around the year 2000.   The problem is the media NOW forces a perception on the public that has been embraced by many fans and yes the teams (schools) that have in fact been anointed as better.  I call BS on that.    Regardless of the perception there are many teams from schools that are not in BCS conferences that are straddled with huge disadvantages because of the financial restrictions, however they do and will continue to outperform a large number of BCS schools.

Solution, is there a solution.  The money train is out of control and the NCAA has allowed the “BIGS” to dictate the future of college athletics.  It is almost out of control because of the “I want factor”.  I want to be paid to play, I want more money for TV rights, I want a bigger piece of the pie than the others.  They, “The Bigs” are trying to cram it down our throats that this is good for all of us.  Sorry, it is only good for those already on the money train.  A train that is moving faster and faster with no more planned stops and if they have their way no one else will be able to get on board.

Just the way I see.

Conference realignment 2014 chapter appears to be closed.

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CUSA’s spring meeting actually never even addressed the elephant in the room.  Earlier in the year Commissioner Britton Banowsky said “conference Presidents felt there would be little benefit to go beyond 14”.  That number will be achieved in 2015 when Charlotte enters their first year of a two year FBS transition period.

The ACC appears to be holding all the cards with the Grant of Rights.  Contractually that should hold up and force its members to complete the original terms set for (ends 2026-27), and assuredly guarantees the ACC keeps 15 with the influx of last year’s carpetbaggers, Notre Dame , Syracuse and Pittsburgh.   This year they add new member Louisville stepping in and stirring up the good old boys of  the old ACC.  Notre Dame may or may not eventually join the ACC in the future as a full member.  My understanding is ND actually receives a larger share of TV money with the current arrangement than they would if they join as a full member. With that tidbit of information I doubt we will see ND give up a fist full of dollars to become a football member any time soon.

The SBC, at the conclusion of this year’s Sun Belt spring meeting conclude -11 teams are just fine.  No one seems anxious to go beyond 11 members in 2014.  The fact is the SBC will likely get to 12 in the future, however it will not happen this year.  Liberty was hopeful that the Presidents would invite them before the door closed on this year’s round of conference musical chairs.   It was not to be, as Commissioner Karl Benson said in a statement Wednesday. “Come July 1, the membership will be stable for the first time in over two years with no incoming or departing members.  It was also announced no vote was even taken at the meetings to add any school(s) this year.   JMU, maybe playing their poker hand to tight and without an underlying chance for a bluff.  They may be left on the sidelines in the future, especially with the public snubbing of the SBC.  The MAC appears to be stable for the foreseeable future and its members may not be willing to split the money into more than 12 slices.  After Umass leaves the MAC in 2015 the Minutemen may have an impact on JMU’s future.  If the SBC decides to offer Umass a football only invite and they roll the dice one more time, with one foot in the A10 and one foot in the SBC the door may get slammed shut.  If that happens it is doubtful the SBC will offer another FCS move up in the near future or maybe ever.   If Umass and the Sun Belt find a middle road that is agreeable to all parties, this may come to pass.  The fact is JMU may not be the only one left behind, as there was a clear message the SBC delivered to Eastern Kentucky earlier this year.

The Big 12 and any shuffling or adding they may do could hold the key to any other FCS move ups. Their Grant of Rights ends in 2025.  The fact is even if the Big 12 were to go after Uconn or Cincinnati; it may only shuffle the top of the deck and not create a seismic earthquake that we have seen the last few years.  The same holds true with the MWC.  There may be some realignment in the west, but how that effects the other conferences, only time will tell.

The future of college athletics has taken a sharp left turn in the last 3 or 4 years.  It appears the inmates from the power conferences have taken over the bus and maybe driving it way to fast up a slippery slope.   I have no crystal ball, but it appears that if any FCS schools plan on joining in any future reindeer games with FBS intentions, they may only have one last chance o get on board.   The NCAA restructure will most likely form a different three tier structure in the very near future. When that happens I believe you will see a window of time before there is another freeze or moratorium on any kind of move ups in the football monopoly that the NCAA has a vision to create.  It is fueled with the full support of the power players or should I say they are the architects of the “show me the money” new NCAA.

Five reasons CUSA will …. in Five Years

Five reasons CUSA will be better than the rest in Five Years. Obviously, I am not saying conference USA will surge past the SBC, MAC or even the MWC and AAC.  Sorry, yes I am. I see three of the G5’s pulling ahead, on a limited basis. The realty is the American, Conference USA and the Mountain West will surge to the top. These three share many of the same characteristics. So, I listed five reasons how and why CUSA will strengthen their position among the G5 conferences, especially for football in the future.

1). Market matters – Many of the harshest critics have sited CUSA went after market not talent. The fact is they were able to achieve both. The bottom line in College athletics is “show me the money”. We have all watched and seen where that has taken Collage football /athletics in the past 10 years. It currently is threatening the status of amateur athletics at the college level. With that said CUSA really made the logical choice that aligns them to a market demand for TV dollars.   All I have to say is Texas, Florida, Charlotte, Nashville and Norfolk. TV rating hot spots with ESPN, NBC Sports and Fox.   The stars do not have to align perfectly to have the media dollars and negotiations move to a favorable position for CUSA. The fact is the 4 reasons I listed below will reinforce why the #1 reason is a trump card “Market matters” and #2 – #6 will solidify how CUSA will be headed for the stars…..up.

2) The Texas rivalries – The three Texas schools together will foster a larger interest regionally, in Texas and on a national level.   North Texas, UTEP and UTSA, the power of the three together will give vast visibility to the conference in some of the largest population centers in the country, as well as inroads for recruiting that is not shared by many conferences. The Florida schools share a few of the same traits with rivalry, recruiting and exposure. If both schools (FAU and FIU) can show improvement and success on the field, the sky is the limit. Old Dominion and Charlotte, two programs that will make an immediate impact on the enhanced market appeal start playing in 2014 and 2015. With the fresh new beginning, coupled with early success, climbing attendance demands, market exposure and fertile recruiting grounds they add value at every level to the conference. CUSA’s potential is woven into its markets. Large important population centers in growing, attractive, warm, tourist friendly locations that are very appealing to the fans and the media.

3). Tradition, respect and name notoriety – Southern Miss and Rice have tradition and prestige. Very few schools can boast about what they have achieved. Having them as members, this alone adds credibility. Louisiana Tech and Marshall, have the traditions and a growing history of fan support and success that again gives the league name recognition and notoriety.  That will help surge CUSA forward.  Two up and coming work horses, meat and potato programs if you will, both have seen their stock rise in the last few years. WKU and MTSU, they bring in an added importance due to market locations, fan support and visibility. They especially bring in an appeal from the heartland that solidifies the stability of the League. The outstanding overall athletic departments with years of winning traditions add respectability and strength to CUSA.

4) Attendance and the newbie’s – UTSA, ODU and Charlotte. What the University of Texas San Antonio and Old Dominion have accomplished is rare. Two start up programs that have distinguished themselves on the field and have two of the fastest growing fan bases in the country. A new 30,000+ seat stadium on the water in Norfolk will help raise awareness for the potential of the program. UTSA’s fan support will be 2nd to none. The Alamo Dome is quickly becoming the place to be on a Saturday. The upward trend of increased attendance will get stronger in the next few years. Charlotte with sell outs and a beautiful new expandable stadium, what else do I have to say? There is no doubt rivalries will be born and attendance will soar as this spreads throughout the conference. With success on the field attendance will see dramatic improvements from every school in the next few years.

5) Basketball and other sports – CUSA is well positioned to see the emergence of a new surge in basketball recognition. This will not only happen in the future, but next year. LA Teach and Southern Miss carried the torch this year with the NIT invites, but there is very little separation at the top of the league and it will only get stronger with UTEP, UAB, Charlotte, ODU, WKU, MTSU and UTSA, nine of the 14 returning teams having winning seasons the media will finally take note. Women’s Basketball will flourish, last year’s 9 post season invitations show the strength of the women’s programs. Soccer, Baseball, Golf and many other Athletic programs have and will excel at the conference level.

CUSA will compete with the other G5’s and make vast improvements and will surge to the front. The media dollars and TV deals will come.   The future of the conference will hit new highs.   It is in the stars.

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UPDATED 5/9/2014 * Predicting the predictions of the Orlando Sentinel’s College Football Countdow

UPDATED 5/9/2014 @ See below my perditions results

ORIGIONAL POST

Predicting the predictions of the

Orlando Sentinel’s College Football Countdown

Edgar Casey or Nostradamus I am not, however, taking a lesson from the fascinating and addictive Orlando Sentinel’s college insider’s “Last to the Best”  Matt Murschel  has created an ongoing cliff hanger  that ranks the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams for the 2014 season. The Sentinel staff’s suspenseful reveal of a new team each day with a backward countdown from No.128 to the projected No. 1 team, has just started (128-116).  So I salute the Orlando Sentinel and will attempt to give my best impression of Johnny Carson’s “Carnac”.  Yes, I will attempt to predict the prediction of the Sentinel’s next twenty teams

@ No slight to any School, team or Conference but the next 20 Teams will be selected from the two Categories listed below (tier 1 & tier 2).  I have divided them into  two groups of 10 each (Tier One and Tier Two), in no particular order.   “Drum roll please” the next ten will be from this group.   Tier Two will be my predictions for the last 10 teams selected.  Predicting who will be the next 20.

My Predictions    Tier One (10 teams * no particular order) 4 remain

SBC

Idaho   (2-11)  # 108  6/9/14

New Mexico State (2-10) # 111  5/6/14

MAC

Western Michigan (1-11)  # 110  (5/7/14)

Kent State (4-8)

CUSA

UTEP (2-10)

Southern Miss (1-11)  # 112  (5/5/14)

MWC

Air Force (2-10)

New Mexico (3-9)

AAC

Temple (2-10)   #  113  (5/4/14)

BIG 10

Purdue  (1-11)     # 115   (5/2/14)

My Predictions  Tier Two (10 teams * no particular order) 8 remain

MWC

Nevada (4-8)

MAC

Akron (5-7)

AAC

Tulsa (3-9)# 109   (5/8/14)

UConn (3-9)

Memphis (3-9)

SBC

USA (6-6)

SEC

Kentucky (2-10)

BIG 12

Iowa State (3-8)

INDEP

Army (3-8)     #114   (5/3/2014)

PAC 12

Colorado (4-8)

Currently the Orlando Sentinel’s college insider Matt Murschel has ranked 21 of the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams for  2014 (#128 -108).

108 Idaho SBC – 5
109 Tulsa AAC – 2
110 Western Michigan MAC – 4
111 New Mexico State SBC – 4
112 USM CUSA – 3
113 Temple AAC – 2
114 Army IND – 1
115 Purdue BIG 10 – 1
116 USF AAC – 1
117 UAB CUSA -2
118 Eastern Michigan MAC – 3
119 Virginia ACC – 1
120 Miami (Ohio) MAC – 2
121 Cal Golden Bears PAC 12 – 1
122 Kansas Jayhawks BIG 12 – 1
123 UMass Minutemen MAC- 1
124 Georgia Southern SBC – 3
125 Hawai’i ranked MWC – 1
126 Appalachian State SBC – 2
127 FIU Panthers CUSA – 1
128 Georgia State SBC – 1 

IND       1

BIG 10   1

AAC      3

ACC       1

PAC 12   1 

BIG 12    1

MWC     1

CUSA     3

MAC      4

SBC       5

Total    19

Link ….  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/college-gridiron-365/
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The Gridirons Great G5’s of 2014 (TOP 25)

Starting Monday, May 12, 2014, will reveal our predictions of the TOP 25 – G5 FBS programs for the 2014 Football season.  Each day starting at the bottom with (#25).  We will give an introduction about each team until we reach our pick for #1.   

Today we will give a clue who will kick off the Gridirons Great G5’s on Monday with # 25.  You will only need to know two distinctive features of this team/school. 

Clue number 1).  Has an overall all time football record of 108-34-4.

Clue number 2).  Has the highest winning percentages of all

FBS football programs nudging out Notre Dame for the #1 spot.

Starting Monday May 6, “The Gridirons Great G5’s of 2014”  (TOP 25) * Bottoms up – Cheers

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“The Bottom Bowl” – Who will be next in the annual Pre-season College Football Countdowns

Here is a quick mid week update of the two Preseason College Football Countdowns.  The real story here is not who the teams are from 128 -119.   The most interesting dichotomy between the two polls is the “USA Today” poll has yet to offer up a sacrificial lamb from a BCS conference.  The “Orlando Sentinel” appears less bias to the P5’s.  The fact that Kansas from the BIG 12 is # 122, Cal’s Golden Bears out of the PAC 12 are ranked 121 and the ACC’s Virginia Cavaliers shocked everyone with a rank of 119 is the story.  It will be most interesting to see if this trend continues. The real countdown starts now. When will “USA Today” give a fair assessment of the P5’s and break the company line?  Could the vast sums of advertising dollars from big schools and power conferences influence a national publication with who they ultimately select to be at the back of the bus?   Paul Myerberg has created a nice little nitch and following with his Countdown column each year.  His tease with a subtle clue that entices many readers to return every day with the anticipation of who is next……..?  However the question should be “Who will be the first BCS team Paul invites to the “Bottom Bowl”.

USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/topic/0d4e2ffa-5532-4d14-bed9-932636c8ff07/football-four/

117 Western Michigan           MAC – 4

118 Army                             IND

119 Appalachian State           SBC – 4

120 UAB                               CUSA – 2

121 Idaho                             SBC -3

122 Miami (OH)                     MAC -3

123 Hawaii                            MWC – 1

124 Georgia Southern            SBC – 2

125 Georgia State                  SBC – 1

126 Eastern Michigan             MAC -2

127 Florida International        CUSA – 1

128 Massachusetts                 MAC – 1

 

Orlando Sentinel’s College Football Countdown 

Link ….  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/college-gridiron-365/

110    Western Michigan    MAC – 4

111   New Mexico State   SBC – 4

112   USM   CUSA – 3

113   Temple   AAC – 2

114   Army     IND – 1

115   Purdue   BIG 10 – 1

116   USF     AAC – 1

117   UAB     CUSA -2

118   Eastern Michigan    MAC – 3

119   Virginia ACC – 1

120   Miami (Ohio)  MAC – 2

121   Cal Golden Bears  PAC 12 – 1

122   Kansas Jayhawks    BIG 12 – 1

123   UMass Minutemen     MAC- 1

124   Georgia Southern     SBC – 3

125   Hawai’i ranked     MWC – 1

126   Appalachian State  SBC – 2

127   FIU Panthers     CUSA – 1

128   Georgia State     SBC – 1

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Monday Media Madness “Blog Bites”

Monday Media Madness “Blog Bites”

In my attempt to share other sites, blogs and to recognize ODU and other G5 sports achievements.   I will make an attempt to introduce and recognize a few of the best blog sites every Monday.   At the top of the list and maybe the absolute best out there, especially when it comes to new information and in-depth reporting is ODUBLEED BLUE.  The new feature “24 reasons to be excited about ODU Football” is a prerequisite to get pump for the start of the season.  Enjoy, not only this feature but all the blogs that are posted about ODU sports. Fantastic read!

Link … http://odubleedblue.com/

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