Normally, it takes time to develop a rivalry and changing conferences makes it hard. So for me, the choices are those teams in the AAC now that were also in CUSA. I haven’t decided on which I’ll give points to but I’m thinking Tulsa and SMU. Memphis is a possibility but I’d like to see a few more years of close, knock down drag out games like the last three years before I call it a rivalry.
I think the coaches can help create a rivalry too. Woody Hayes helped create the Buckeye-Wolverine rivalry by voicing his candid extreme dislike for the whole state! Prior to Woody, Michigan’s biggest rival was actually ND, even though they didn’t play every year.
So if CMA starts talking about how he wants to crush so-and-so to powder during game week, then we have the beginnings of a rivalry.
Also, the students can help create a rivalry too. Does SMU have an actual mustang as a mascot? If they do, steal it ( give back at the game)! Can’t steal a “Golden Hurricane” though.
UHAA could pony up and buy some billboard time at the airport (or along I-45 from Dallas if SMU buses down) and close to our campus to remind our rivals that there is still time to just forfeit. “Tulsa, there is still time to avoid embarrassment. Take the next exit and U-turn.” “SMU, just go home. Your mothers will thank you.” Stuff like that.
These things may sound a little crazy but the idea is we can help build a rivalry, we don’t just have to sit and wait for one to spontaneously develop.