I have made this point repeatedly, and I appreciate and understand the importance of garauntee games. But we already know we can expect 2-3 away games out power conference teams every year, and usually filled out with NEC, Ivy, MEAC, MAAC, and the occasional D3. However, I would REALLY love to see some solid regional mid-majors (A-10, CAA, upper MAAC) appear on our schedule. And maybe get a home game once in awhile that would pique some interest within the valley.
The other side of the “we’re gaining respect as a program” coin is that while majors might not want to play us, other mid-majors concerned with maintaining a healthy RPI and competitive games might be more willing to look our way.
Some opponents I would love to see on future schedules, ideally in a home and home or even 2-1 deal:
St. Joe’s (had them relatively recently in Stabler)
Richmond (has played away games at PL teams before)
Dayton (another recent one)
We very rarely play teams in the 75-200 RPI change. Games that are challenging, winnable, and an RPI boost.