13 September 2011
Games at Bowl Championship Series programs Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee as well as a home-and-home series with BCS foe Pittsburgh highlight The University of Akron football program's non-league schedule for 2012-16, a portion of which was announced on Tuesday.
So, uh, a home and home? Really? Jeff Long scheduled our current 2-and-2 with Buffalo, which concludes next season at Buffalo, and I had assumed that this would be the end of playing MAC teams evenly.
Of course, whether Pitt ever ends up even playing the away games remains to be seen. Akron will come to Heinz in 2014 with Pitt scheduled to make the trip west in 2015. With TCU entering the league next year, it seems that the trip to Buffalo may simply be bought out by the university. Pitt still has an opening on their 2012 schedule, but no FCS school yet on the schedule. It would seem to make more sense to move 2013's Villanova game up a year (thus clearing a 2013 spot for TCU) and buy out the trip to Buffalo. The Akron series could be similar, especially with the near certainty of Big East expansion and occurrence of nine conference games.
So for right now, I'll reserve judgment on this until I see whether Pitt actually ends up actually going to Akron.
Either way, sorry Steve Addazio.
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