Perhaps this to ponder under realignment:
Pac 10 - north - WSU, Wash., Ore. St. Oreg., Utah, BYU:
south - ASU, Arz., UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford
WACC - north - San Jose St., Fresno St., Idaho, Boise St., Utah St, Montana (up from 1-AA); south - Nevada, UNLV, San Diego St., Hawaii, New Mex., New Mex. St.
Montain West - north - Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado St., N. Tex St., SMU, TCU; south - UTEP, Baylor, Rice, Houston, LA Tech, Tulane.
Big 12 - north - Colo., Nebraska, Missouri, KSU, Kansas, Okla St; south - LSU, Okla., Arkansas, Texas, Tex A&M, Tex. Tech.
MACC - south - Ark. St., Tulsa, LA-L, LA-Monroe, Troy St., GA Southern (up from 1-AA); north - Middle Tenn., N. Illinois, Ball St., Bowling Green, Miami-Ohio, Ohio Univ.
SEC - west - Miss St., Miss., Ala., Auburn, Tenn, FSU; east - Georgia, Fla., Miami, Ga Tech, So Car., Clemson.
ACC - south - Kentucky, NC, NC State, Duke, Va., Va Tech; north - WVU, Pitt, Note Dame, Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland.
Big Ten -west - Iowa St., Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern; east - Penn St., Ohio St., Mich St., Mich, Indiana, Purdue.
Big East - east - Rutgers, Army, Navy, Temple, Mass (up from 1-AA), UConn; - west - Buffalo, Akron, Kent, W. Mich., Central Mich., Eastern Mich.
Conference USA - north - Toledo, Louisville, Cincinatti, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, East Carolina; south - South Fla., Central Fla., UAB, Southern Miss., Marshall, Memphis.
Ten 12 team Conferences, geographically sound, yet diverse. Conference champions would represent ten of the 16 teams named for a play-off. The others chosen by polls. Never happen, but can dream on!