Originally Posted by wolfboy
It's better than the MWC top to bottom, and there's no reason the conference can't capture the access bowl in the playoff year after year. As to the home-home scheduling agreements, not buying it for a second. Look around at some of the home and home arrangements schools in the AAC have landed just in recent months.
Speaking strictly in terms of capturing the access spot into the College Football Playoff, I don't think it would be in UC's best interest for the AAC to be all that good top to bottom. The 'Boise model' is predicated in no small part on annual 8-0 conference records. Having a clean record has proven to go a lot further than winning a deeper league with 2+ total losses in CFB.
Edit: This is under the current polling and BCS ranking method. If/when an RPI-like device is implemented to rank teams for the playoff, conference strength obviously becomes critical. Should be interesting...