I know that everyone is excited about the move to the American Athletic Conference, as well we all should be. It’s an upgrade from where we are now. But I keep seeing people who are hesitant to get excited because we just might lose SMU as a conference mate at some point. It’s one thing if they have a delusions of grandeur, it’s yet another if we share it and are actually afraid of losing a conference mate that isn’t even that important in the grand scheme of things.
SMU is currently undefeated, having the best season they have had in the last two decades, and are ranked #21 hosting a team from New Orleans tonight in Tulane. A quick check of StubHub shows that you can sit on the 35 yard line about four rows up for $20 a ticket. I want you to imagine for a moment if North Texas was undefeated and currently ranked #21 hosting a team that is a regional rival; do you think the ticket availability would look the same?
Why in the hell would we be worried about the Big XII or someone else snatching up “Dallas’ team” when it appears Dallas never got the memo to care? If they stay, great and it will be a fun rivalry. If they go, let’s not pretend we’re losing something special.