How does your NDSU afford the move to FBS? They can't increase attendance without building a new stadium and this time won't be able to do it with the city's help. Sports 2-4 are floundering and have been a mess recently. Attendance can only go up slightly, but you see that happening with a new schedule of MAC teams that nobody in Fargo cares about? The savings from the Summit/MVFC are big for the Dakota schools and if NDSU goes FBS, they'll lose that in order to play games against exciting teams like Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Buffalo. Take a look at the average MAC home football schedule against FBS opponents:
-Syracuse (ACC) at Western Michigan, on Aug. 31 (CBS Sports Network);
-Cincinnati (American) at Miami on Sept. 8 (at Paul Brown Stadium);
-Kansas (Big-12) at Central Michigan on Sept. 8;
-Maryland (Big Ten) at Bowling Green on Sept. 8;
-Utah (Pac-12) at NIU on Sept. 8;
-Miami (Fla.) (ACC) at Toledo on Sept. 15;
-Western Kentucky (C-USA) at Ball State on Sept. 22;
-Army (Independent) at Buffalo on Sept. 29;
-UMass (Independent) at Ohio on Sept. 29;
-Army (Independent) at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 27.
I don't think moving up makes sense for any of the local schools because attendance can't grow with the cost of the move. Even with new stadiums, you'll run out of people to go to games. Throw in a few down years, the ability to not play for a national championship and games against teams people have never heard of and you're not generating the millions of dollars it's going to cost to move up.