What if the Big 12 expanded with just one school and selected the University of Cincinnati and stop at 11 for now.
Every Big 12 school would continue to play each other round robin. The conference would pick up a good requiting market in the state of Ohio and help WVU with travel with another school located in the EST zone.
It would create balance schedules of 5 home and 5 away football games which would improve SOS by reducing from 3 to 2 OOC games per year.
The Big 12 could come back latter for a 12th school such as BYU after a few years of working with 11 schools if a championship game were really necessary.
I think it would be great, but I dislike a 10 conference game schedule because I like OOC games (no more than 3 though). However, what I like about this idea is you get a true conference champion and, with only 2 OOC games, they'll have to make it count by eliminating any FCS OOC game. If they did that, I would like the 11 team conference idea.
Would I add Cincinnati at team #11? OF COURSE! BYU would be a nationally superior program, but they're is way too many issues with adding them and I very much dislike football-only members or all-sports-except-for-football-only members. I think schools should be all in or nothing (exception: sports like hockey, lacrosse, and soccer where only a fraction of schools actually participate.)
If the Big 12 expanded to 11 schools, It would be my assumption there would be no OOC FCS games.
Any power five conference school that schedules future FCS OOC games will not get much credit for winning these type of game regardless of the margin of victory and would be seriously hurt the school or a conference SOS by losing to a FCS school.
I see the trend for the power five schools to schedule within those circles and the Big 12 would only have to schedule two OOC games compared to the Big Ten or SEC having to schedule three OOC games.
Once the committee is in place to select the four playoff bids, the SOS is going to be much more important compared to the old BCS which used computers and coaches polls to select these BCS championship teams.
I like the idea of the Big 12 expanding with Cincinnati and stopping at 11.
It would create a lot of interest on which school would eventually get the 12 spot similar to how the Big Ten used this publicity until Nebraska was finally selected as its 12 member.
A championship game for example this year could keep Florida State out of the BCS championship game if the school has to face the a rematch of the U of Miami in the ACC championship game and a loss is very possible. It would be the same situation next year if the top four teams were be selected and Florida State would lose in the championship game of the ACC. Of course the argument could made that a win in a rematch would help push the school into the playoff. Do you really need this risk?
The Big 12 is a conference that did not rush into expansion to get back to 12 schools and has time to evaluate if 10, 11, or 12 with championship game is the better format for gaining access to the playoff.
I don't see a conference championship game as a bad thing. It has worked out very well for the SEC. To me the argument that it could cost you a shot in the title game, or a playoff, is the argument of the coward. If you are going to be a champion, you don't run from competition, you run to it. I don't want my team to back their way into the game because somebody else lost a conference championship game. I want my team to earn it on the field. If you think your team is the best in the country, you shouldn't be afraid to play against good competition, you should thrive on it. It is just another opportunity to go out and kick somebody's rear end. When I was a Gator fan I loved being in the SEC title game. If we won, it proved that we belonged in the discussion for a national championship. If we lost, it was a punch to the stomach, but it proved we didn't deserve a chance. Just to be clear, Lash, this wasn't a personal attack, I just hate the argument that a CCG opens up a chance to get beat. If you take the field with that mindset, you will get beat. Champions always expect to win, pretenders hope to win.
It is not that I am against a Conference Championship Football game and the additional competitive effort that goes with it, I see a different future for major college sports that replaces the current format of Conference Championship games.
I see a future of all major college conferences merged into one super conference. This conference will then have a full blown football playoff that incorporates the current conference championship games, all bowls and playoff games including the football championship game owned and managed by this super conference. This super conference will also replace and own the current NCAA run basketball and other varsity sports run by the NCAA will be taken over by this same super conference.
This super conference will include an estimated 80 schools and the revenue possibility of this super conference will dwarf the current revenue streams generated by current individual conference contracts including current conference TV networks. In fact these same conference TV networks will just become methods of distribution of this super conference college sports inventory.
Once there is a super conference in place and in control of all the major college revenue streams, we fans will finally see some regional divisions that help create a better and simple format for to follow and understand (i.e. NFL).
For example, the old Pac 8 could easily become one of the new eight team divisions of this new super conference. Or there could be four team divisions further splitting up the old Pac 8 into four team sub divisions such as having the California schools in one sub division and the Washington and Oregon schools in a sub division.
Regardless of the alignment by regions, this super conference is going to happen because there is simply too much money at risk to allow the NCAA to continue to operate in the current manner.
I could see this super conference aligned in eight or possibly ten divisions of 8 schools aligned regionally for football, basketball, and other Olympic type sports.
Once we have a super conference of all the power conference schools aligned into one organization, we will not longer need this conference football championship games. Or better stated they will be incorporated in a mega money making playoff to determine college football championship on the field of play.
This is why I do not get to concerned with the fact the Big 12 has to have a championship football game right now or that schools such as UConn and BYU will be left out in the cold because they will not assuming there is a commitment to playing major college sports.
I for one can not wait until the future gets here and we finally have regional rivalries again all leading into national playoff that determine football championship on the field of play.
The current format of a four team playoff and separate conference championship games are just baby steps to where we are heading.