to play football, not to play trumpet
You could have three divisions in the WEST:
6. Oregon State
8. Washington State
2. Texas A&M
4. Oklahoma State
7. Texas Tech
10. Arizona State
1. Ohio State
3. Michigan State
5. Iowa State
And three divisions in the EAST
4. Ole Miss
5. Miss State
6. South Carolina
10. Kansas State
2. Florida State
5. Georgia Tech
7. Virginia Tech
8. North Carolina
9. North Carolina State
11. Wake Forest
1. Notre Dame
2. Penn State
4. West Virginia
5. Boston College
Two teams from each of the six divisions qualify for the 16-team playoff as well as four wildcard teams – two wildcards from the West and two from the East. Everyone's bottom line increases. Fans will eat it up so much they won't mind absorbing the increased costs for a College Football Channel as well as a DIRECTV type college football package or other games on pay-per-view.
What say you?
I'm not a big fan of this. It would basically eliminate conferences (history/tradition) and make college football NFL-lite.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents announced today that each of the current and future 15-member institutions has signed a grant of media rights, effective immediately.
What this means: The ACC will control the media rights for all the schools currently in the conference, even if they leave the conference.
Why this matters to us: Any expansion-to-16 speculation just took a hit for a while. Since B1G expansion focused solely on media rights, it doesn't make sense to add a school if you don't get to take over their media rights.
Any eastward expansion speculation pretty much starts at UConn now. But at least we already have an awkward 14-member conference with highly anticipated games against Rutgers and Maryland.
Link says it all.
Very good news for the ACC, I would think.
With the Big East imploding Matt Norlander at cbssportsline is suggesting Louisville and ND may go to the ACC a year early. Have to think Rutgers would do the same. That would leave the Big10 at 13 and the ACC at 15 for the 2013 season. I would think in that case Maryland and the ACC would come to an agreement that would see them in the Big10 in 2013.
A10 is thinking about taking the 7 non-football members of the Big East into their conference. That would leave the Big East with 8 basketball schools. Have to think they'd let Boise St. and SD St. in for basketball as well if that happened. Its strange they didn't let SD St in for basketball from the start considering how good their program is.
As the addition of realignment is thrust upon us, I remember a diary I wrote a couple of years ago contemplating four conferences of 18 teams, each with three divisions and a playoff. Lets call it for what it will become, the NFL minor leagues. The details are largely irrelevant. Saban's desire to shrink the number of D-1 participants and let only the big boys play each other seems to be well on its way to happening. I am confident that the four mega-conference concept will come to pass in some form or another. Teams are getting in now rather than be left out of the party