jimflamesfan wrote: ↑October 2nd, 2019, 5:42 pm
The Syracuse game was also on a holiday weekend. I actually think that hurt us as well. LU is not known enough to get people to cancel their long weekend at the lake plans.
Meh, I agree - but Syracuse also had more of their own fans their than any other visiting team this season.
For us, the games and the Flames Club dinner beforehand gives us time to spend with my family (we're in Maryland, my parents are about an hour away from Lynchburg), and season tickets were cheaper than single game tickets to Syracuse, Buffalo and homecoming. We gave the New Mexico tickets to my sister and her family.
As far as attendance and rivalries go, winning will help along with bringing in big names. ODU has great potential as a natural rival, being the only other in-state G5 school (unless JMU moves up). Marshall could be another good option, if they'll play us. There's really not another good option, unless we can schedule BYU consistently and the games remain competitive. Getting big names on the schedule is going to help aswell. Over the next decade, we have Tech, UVA, Wake, Duke, and Army coming to town. Those games should draw more than Syracuse.
I don't see us being able to revive the rivalry with Coastal - some of us still care about it, some of the folks at coastalfans.com care, but by this point the average student and student-athlete doesn't have the same dislike for them that was there during the Barber years. Once we're only scheduling one FCS school per year, it should be an in-state school or one from NC that's not far from Lynchburg: W&M, Richmond, VMI, Hampton, Norfolk State, JMU (unless they move up), NC A&T, or Campbell.
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