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Division 1 College Conference Realignment

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4 minutes ago, MBurmy said:

At this point, it would be the smart decision...let's see, do I want to try my luck for my 2nd bowl game in 60 years or be a national championship playoff contender?

 

There's no guarantee they would even do that. Idaho currently has a losing record since moving down to FCS and they won nine games their final season in FBS. Being a bad FBS still (generally) puts you above the best FCS teams in terms of status. It's a lot like being a bad SEC team vs. being the best Sun Belt or C-USA or even AAC team.

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20 hours ago, MBurmy said:

At this point, it would be the smart decision...let's see, do I want to try my luck for my 2nd bowl game in 60 years or be a national championship playoff contender?

 

There are additional political reasons for maintaining FBS membership.  For one thing, the state legislators 4 hours away in Santa Fe understand "D1 FBS" better than "Carnegie R2" and "Land Grant" when it comes time to argue that NMSU should get more state aid than the directional New Mexico schools and at least stay in sight of UNM's funding.

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