At one time, back in the Bill Greiner presidency era of UB sports and their "Run to Division One", Bill prophesized that UB would some day be a Big East team. He pointed out that until 1970 (or so) UB regularly played Rutgers, WV, Syracuse, and stated his goal was to rejoin Eastern football. A couple years ago, the UB alumni magazine ran an article about their AD, Warde Manuel, and his success in advancing the program, and made reference to how if football (and all sports) hadn't been downgraded in the 70s, UB might very well be in the Big East. Doubtful, but whatever. Anyway, they may just get their wish, but in a manner far removed from their original goal.
UB fits the MAC profile except it's an Eastern state school, even if Buffalo sometimes thinks it's a midwestern city.