I extended our home schedule out for the last 10 years. Basically the AAC/ESPN TV rights has been terrible for giving us "quality" tailgate times with the exception of 2015(see blue columns). We've been in the AAC since 2013 and 2013 and 2014 were both not great for tailgating either and that was before HY was AD and after we got in the AAC so I don't really buy into it being HY's fault.
2015 was just a phenomenal year with a great team and lots of "quality" tailgates. Based on this chart I suspect that was more of an aberration and we can expect more years like 2017 while in the AAC. If we have a subpar team like this year it will likely make for an overall miserable experience for the fans at games due to losing and having poor game times in general while in the AAC.
Also, of note - we only had 6 home games this year after a long stretch of 7.