Spot on wpgrad. The Ivies always draw well at Michie. The best attended games that I ever attended tended to be Harvard, Penn, etc. Aside from the Ivies, AF and Lafayette also draw well too. I remember a year when we played Brown, Harvard, and Princeton. Those were the only 3 games we won that year.wpgrad wrote: ↑Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:26 pmAnd, you really think UCONN is going to bring in that many more fans than princeton? really?
Here is a stat for you. We had more fans for lafayette than we did for liberty or hawaii in 2018. In 2016, we had as many fans for lafayette 38,000 as we did for air force, and more than our other home games versus d1 teams.
Morgan state is an anomaly. Not really sure why we play them, someone must know someone. But playing local FCS schools like Lafayette or an Ivy is going to put people in the seats just as much, if not more, than UCONN.
The much celebrated 1996 team played Yale and Lafayette in an 11 game season. Attendance was 40,476 for the Yale game and 39,269 for the Lafayette game. Other than the AF game which drew 41,251, they were the highest attended game at Michie. Ohio only drew 30,500, Duke 36,049 and Tulane 35,971.
From a gate perspective a mediocre FBS program draws much worse than a high profile FCS program. Princeton certainly fits the bill of a high profile FCS program.
If the team is winning, I don't have any problems with scheduling a couple of FCS programs. The argument that they hurt the rankings or gate receipts are just not borne out by the facts. Some of the best years Army had in terms of rankings had 2 or more FCS opponents.