Brad Bates didn’t put out an official “game needed” posting, but the new Director of Athletics at Boston College came close.
With the last-minute decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference to change the 2013 configuration of league games from 9 to 8, BC–and Bates–needed another non-conference game.
“The problem,” said Bates, “is that we already have a FCS team (Stony Brook) on our schedule, so we don’t want to schedule another one (FBS teams such as Boston College can count only one victory against a FCS team as part of the six-win bowl eligibility minimum requirement). And there are only 124 FBS teams and most of them are already full for next year.”
Bates said that he considered adding another game against UMass, which will start a three-game (2 at Alumni Stadium, 1 in Foxborough) in a few years, but the Minutemen’s non-conference schedule for 2013 was already filled. He checked Connecticut, but the Huskies schedule for next year is also filled.
“We have several options and we should get it done in the next two weeks,” said Bates, who would not be more specific about what direction BC might be heading.
With that in mind, we checked out all of the FBS conferences and the independents and came up with a list of 12 schools that still have openings for non-conference games in 2013.
They are: BYU, Central Michigan, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, UTEP,Cal, Arizona, Oregon State and Florida International.
Keeping in mind that BC has a non-conference road game scheduled next year at USC, and that Bates does not want to over schedule the Eagles.
Bates came from a Mid-American school Miami, Ohio), which means Central Michigan looms as possibility.
If Bates wanted to go for a combination of academics and athletics similar to BC’s profile, he might consider California or Rice, although having two Pac-12 schools on the schedule might not be ideal. If that were the case, Cal, and also Oregon State and Arizona would be eliminated.
BC could go more national in scope and schedule BYU. It could go south to Florida International would enhance BC’s recruiting opportunities in Florida, where the Eagles have gone in the past.
Bates primary goal is not only find a game, but to find a game the Eagles can win.
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