Ran across a series of message board posts talking about how bad Sun Belt football is compared to Conference USA. My question was, "How did CUSA get so good when they didn't take the Sun Belt's best teams?"
It probably won't shock you that there was no sensible answer. It basically boiled down to the schools magically got better by sewing a CUSA patch on their uniform. There were probably unicorns, fairies, and magical rings forged in volcanoes involved as well and they just didn't admit it.
Here are some numbers if you don't believe in magical uniform patches, unicorns, fairies, or lava rings.
MTSU final Sun Belt season 6-2, first CUSA season 6-2
UNT final Sun Belt season 3-5, first CUSA season 6-2
FAU final Sun Belt season 2-6, first CUSA 4-4
FIU final Sun Belt season 2-6, first CUSA 1-7
WKU final Sun Belt season 4-3, first CUSA 4-4
On average, Sun Belt schools moving to CUSA increased their one year conference win total by almost one game.
One year might be an aberration, so what about two years?
MTSU final Sun Belt season 7-9, first CUSA season 11-5
UNT final Sun Belt season 7-9, first CUSA season 8-8
FAU final Sun Belt season 2-14, first CUSA 8-10
FIU final Sun Belt season 7-9, first CUSA 4-12
Over a two year period, the Sun Belt schools moving to CUSA increased their wins again by an average of exactly one game per season.
Don't know who supplies the magical patches to CUSA that causes Sun Belt teams to get better when they join but maybe we should have them supply Sun Belt patches as well.