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Examining How Various Teams Fill the Void Created by #FreeUAB Football Ending

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Not everyone does it the same way, but everyone certainly has their own way.

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So you may or may not know that the UAB Blazers aren't fielding a football team for 2015. The university board of trustees and president Ray Watts decided to close the program, and I'm not going to rehash it all here. That's what this is for.

However, one thing we wanted to do is take a look at the ripple effect that has created within the larger football community. Specifically, how it has affected the teams that had UAB scheduled as a non-conference opponent over the next two seasons. Specifically, we'll see:

  • Whether South Alabama has it better now that they face San Diego State in 2015
  • Whether Troy has it easier now that they face Charleston Southern and Southern Miss in 2015 and 2016
  • Whether Tennessee and Georgia State have it better now that they face Bowling Green and Ball State, respectively
  • Whether Kentucky will have it easer or harder with their new scheduled opponent

Lastly, to round out the series, we'll go a different direction and talk about the possibility of replacing UAB with another team as your primary rooting interest within the college football landscape. This will all serve as a chance to keep #FreeUAB fresh and as an ongoing discussion as a lead-up to next weekend's spring alumni flag football game, which we will be covering live and in person.

Stay tuned each morning for these posts, and feel free to chime into the discussion about these or any other UAB related topics as they come up over the next few weeks.