Saturday, December 20, 2008

Radical realignment, take I

Did I mention that I have some crazy ideas about what should happen with college football. One of them -- even crazier than trying to get playoffs -- is to try and get conferences realligned so they're all the same size (with 120 FBS teams after Western Kentucky is finished moving up, both twelve ten-team leagues and ten twelve-team leagues work). The plan below -- for bundling everyone in to twelve-team conferences -- is actually the less radical one; the only major conference that's sliced and diced is the Big 12, and the changes harken back to the old SWC and Big 8. But it does turn some storied confrence rivalries into non-conference games (and other storied non-conference rivalries into conference games).

New England Division - Boston College, Connecticut, Syracuse, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers
Ohio Valley Division - Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Ohio State, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville
2008 Northeast Conference Championship: Ohio State vs. Penn State at NYC
East Division - Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Wisconsin
West Division - Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State
2008 Midwest Conference Championship: Michigan State vs. Missouri at Indianapolis
Atlantic Coast
North Division - Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest
South Division - Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
2008 ACC Championship: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech at Charlotte, NC
East Division - Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), South Florida, UCF
West Division - Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Arkansas, LSU, Southern Miss
2008 SEC Championship: Alabama vs. Florida at Tampa, FL
West Division - Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Utah
South Division - Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
2008 SWC Championship: Utah vs. Oklahoma at Kansas City
North Division - California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State
South Division - Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Nevada, UNLV
2008 Pac 10 Championship - USC vs. Oregon at San Diego, CA
North Division - Army, Buffalo, Temple, East Carolina, Marshall, Navy
South Division - Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Troy, UAB, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State
2008 Eastern Conference Championship - East Carolina at Troy (played at home of team with best record)
East Division - Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo, Western Kentucky
West Division - Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois
2008 MAC Championship - Bowling Green at Ball State
Gulf Coast
East Division - Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane West Division - Houston, North Texas, Rice, Southern Methodist, TCU, Tulsa, UTEP
2008 Gulf Coast Championship - Louisiana-Lafayette at Tulsa
East Division - New Mexico, New Mexico State, Air Force, Colorado State, Utah State, Wyoming
West Division - Fresno State, Hawaii, San Diego State, San Jose State, Idaho, Boise State
2008 WAC Championship - Air Force at Boise State

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