No, it is nothing like Charlotte's schedule. Charlotte's schedule is entirely FCS or non D1.
I never said it was even remotely comparable to ECU's. ECU had a great OOC schedule, but ECU's conference schedule is mostly trash. The AAC is a bad, bad, bad conference.
ECU and UCF are solid. Houston is okay. Temple might be good, but they haven't played anyone worth a poo yet, so who knows there. The rest of the conference is pretty much terrible.
Most RPI and rating sites have CUSA listed as a slightly stronger conference than the AAC or dead even this year because the bottom of the AAC is so dreadfully bad. The top of the AAC is definitely stronger though.
In ESPN's Bottom 25, the AAC has
ECU is unfortunately scheduled to play all of these teams.
That doesn't take away from ECU's OOC play, but like I said before, that SOS is going to take a hit.
At the end of the year, the computer numbers will likely be very similar for Marshall and ECU (assuming neither slips up and gets another loss) and it will come down to the eye test.
I don't really care who gets the spot because I'm not a fan of either team and since Charlotte isn't in CUSA for football yet, we won't see any financial windfall from Marshall getting the major bowl appearance. I just laugh at ECU fans that keep making comments like they're far and away better than a Marshall team that beat the poo out of them last year and returned almost their entire team.
This is probably Marshall's best team since the late 90's, but they F'd up big time with the schedule and there will always be an asterisk beside this season unless they get the major bowl game and win it.
If the AAC is bad, then C-USA is a dumpster fire.
SMU, Tulsa, & Tulane are the only teams in the American that wouldn't have a legit shot at winning the old Sun Belt..er..new C-USA.
Marshall would have a chance at winning the AAC, too.