mg2009, on 25 June 2012 - 05:37 PM, said:
Who do you think makes the jump first, NDSU or UM?
Seriously? Which FBS conference footprint does NDSU lie within? Big Ten, not going to happen. Big 12, not going to happen. MAC, have fun with that, still outside the footprint.
Which FBS Conference footprint does UM lie within? Already's been courted by the WAC. With their stadium capacity, could possibly be looked at by the MWC and are in the footprint of that conference.
Take into account that the Big Sky Commissioner has already been quoted as wanting to position the conference for that "second tier" of schools should the FBS schools leave and form their own league. Montana has already had the initial opportunity and are better positioned to be invited to a FBS school than NDSU. Does that mean it will translate to UND having the same chance? Who knows, but it's still nice to be connected to the Montana schools and a Western Conference where there tends to be more opportunities for moving up.