We have four out of conference games to this point. Although there is potentially room for one more, this is likely it. And we know the precise days of these games, too.
It’s daunting. Period. Especially for what is going to be a “1AAA” team essential. Meaning the Minutemen will not have a full roster of division 1A talent, yet. Much of the team will be 1AA recruits. More than that, each of the four opponents are from a BCS conference. We aren’t talking about low level competition here. Both Michigan and Vanderbilt were bowl teams this past season.
This team, with a new coach and unproven quarterbacks, will be throw directly into the flames. It is not exactly likely that the Minutemen get a win in the first three September non-conference games. They will be underdogs in each. However, a good showing @ Uconn or at home against Indiana would be absolutely huge for the 2012 season and for recruiting going forward.
Yesterday the MAC announced the in-conference opponents for each team. Here’s how that list looks:
Kent State (5-7)
Central Michigan (3-9)
Northern Illinois (10-3)
The home schedule is about as friendly as could be. Hopefully some home wins will boost fan support. On the other hand, these away games are challenging. Three of the four opponents had winning records and appeared in bowl games this past season.
I was told the dates and times for the conference games usually come out in early March historically.