Originally Posted by nmculbreth
As opposed to powerhouses like Syracuse and Rutgers?
The biggest obstacle is going to maintaining fan interest is going to be the lack of an automatic BCS-bowl berth for the conference champion, it's going to be hard to convince people you're big time when you don't have access to any of the major bowl games.
Nice to cherry pick two of the biggest under performers, but don't forget that this league also had regional rivals Pitt, WVU, and UL. There was plenty of fan interest for those teams.