Yes, in a more perfect world there might be 8 conferences of 10 teams each with the champion of each progressing to the quarter finals. No runners up, thank you Alabama.
I do not blame Alabama or the SEC for that matter for bloated leagues and point the blame much more on the NCAA for allowing college conferences to be in the situation they are today.
Just think what if the NCAA making rules of requiring 6 and latter 8 school minimum membership for division 1 conferences would have completed the other side of the rule and required a maximum size of 10 member limits.
What if the NCAA required the old Big East to have limits of 10 members. Hey Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt, and latter Miami as number 10th school, you want football then breakaway and form an all sports league.
A yes Big Ten, you want Penn State as a 11 member, you have to shed a school maybe Northwestern? I did not think so! Sorry Penn State you need to go join your eastern schools that need to form an all sports league and are currently in a hybrid mess called Big East something!.
Oh by the way SEC if you want Arkansas, you are going to have to make the same sacrifice that would have been required by the Big Ten to get Penn State and shed either Vanderbilt or Mississippi State. Yea I did not think so!
Hey SWC you got life.
Oh Big 8 you got life too and Nebraska, Colorado, and Missouri you each are not orphans in a far off league. Big 8 if you want 9 or 10 schools, upcoming Louisville is available and wanting to move up to big boy league.
SWC if you want 10 members, Tulane is waiting for the call as well.
Pac 10 you are required to be in your old form so everything is good here. We would have avoided this bloated mess called the Pac 12.
And of course the WAC would not have been able to morph into the old WAC 16, and latter back to 8, and finally oblivion.
Thanks again NCAA for all the help you provide to college sports. How could we true college sports fans ever leave without you?