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I'm sure it's been revealed somewhere and usually these games are a favor to a former employee who moves to the smaller school or someone's alma mater, etc. But I'd guess we are cutting Towson a check close to 7-figures based on what ULM got from Arkansas and Auburn?
To me this game serves absolutely zero benefit to LSU. It can only hurt in the polls, I see no recruiting benefit (I doubt Towson gets much ink in the DC/Baltimore papers) and it doesn't serve as any king of a "tune-up" for future games.
It would seem to me LSU could dial up any team in CUSA or Sun Belt and get a game for a million dollar payday.
Sure this is a favor to someone, otherwise it doesn't make sense.
You could almost ask this same question for every big time college program, it just is what it is. You can't expect this team to play Oregon, West Virginia and other top ten programs every year. In terms of recruiting it doesn't hurt, again its just what it is. In terms of the polls WHO CARES. I'm tired of people whining about us being #3 and might slide down to out of the top 5. Guess what, we win out we are #1 anyway. Polls don't mean squat right now, I'll worry about polls later in the year. Maybe getting knocked down a few pegs is good motivation for this team. We have a good team bit this team is not as dominant as last years team. What frustrated me most in the National Championship game last year was Miles should have been like this chance may never happen again and we need to do whatever to win. Who knows maybe we win out, maybe next year is our year. We seem to be hitting the injury bug and I think some people over estimated Mettenberger and assumed he would be All World right away. This is the SEC and on any given day we can lose. For as great as people claim South Carolina to be they almost lost to Vanderbilt. Do I wish we would have blown out Auburn, hell yeah, but a win is a win and it gives the coaches a reason to light a fire under some butts.
That's exactly what I was thinking here and wanted to see what you thought
I guess Towson is the Stonybrook of the CFB world??
I said hey Les let's play Towson and he said ok.
This post was edited by LScootU 19 months ago
simple, same reason Bama plays FL Atlantic or FIU.....same reason Ok State played Sav State...........when people ask why? It's almost always about $
I purposely didn't ask this about NorthTEXAS State. A win, maybe a few articles in the Dallas papers and news, vs. a FBS opponent. No it's not vs. Oregon or West Virginia, but I'm not advocating that either.
Perhaps a game vs. FLORIDA Atlantic or FLORIDA International (see NTSU), again vs. a FBS school, in a major media market where we recruit and a rent-a-win.
Point being there is a difference between a non-con game vs. a major BCS power vs. a FBS school with a little free pub in a recruiting area (Florida or Texas "directional schools" vs. a FCS school in a non-recruiting area.
Heck, play Memphis! We'd beat them like a drum, get a weeks worth of articles previewing the game in the city paper, and we recruit Memphis on occasion.
There had to be more options available regardless of timing.
Why not a Texas program or one of the national service programs - Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard?
This would have allowed for some recruiting or national exposure (Texas, Georgia, Florida) and given families of players an easy game to reach.
Short of this, I'd give an opportiunity to a Louisiana or Gulf Coast program.
I don't wish to demean Towson - usually a contender in their conference but this game is a dud and it hurts LSU no matter what the span of victory could be.
Towson is a replacement game. The team originally in that slot dropped out of the agreement and Towson was the only available makeup.
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