BePcr: Interesting format of pods you posted. But what would happen if it's grouped into divisions? You know find two pods to make a permanent division (for geographic and rivalry reasons)? Here's a sample formula:
Pod A-1: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State
Pod A-2: California, Stanford, UCLA, USC
Pod B-1: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah
Pod B-2: Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
Scheduling: play all 3 teams in own pod, play 2 teams in each other pod (home/away with every team in conference every 4 years), 3 non-conference games; divisions: rotate pods every year to form 2 8-team divisions and best team from both 2-pod divisions meet in conference championship
And like your scheduling format. But I have my own (based on that formula): each team plays all 3 teams within their own pod within the same division, plus playing all 4 teams of other pod within that same division; and then 2 games against non-division teams (one on each pod on that basis, with home/away basis for every 8 years; which is nearly similar to the current NFL scheduling format, minus the round robin part on same pod and the other part where teams face other pods based on standings).:
Here's a sample team: I'll choose Stanford (this year's Pac-12 tournament bowl champions).
a.) They'll face intra-pod intra-division teams in Cal, USC and UCLA every year on a home/away basis for 2 years.
b.) Their non-pod intra-division team are Oregon, Oregon St., Washington and Washington St.
c.) Their non-division teams will be the following: Arizona and Texas on Year 1; Arizona St. and Texas Tech on Year 2; Colorado and Oklahoma on Year 3; and Utah and Oklahoma St. (each will face once for every 4 years, with home/away basis for every 8 years).
Lemme know your thoughts.
I didn't quite understand point "b.)" that you made. Are they playing their non-pod intra-division opponents on any type of rotating basis? What would the overall schedule look like for a sample year? I do like the idea of playing "different schools" as non-divisional games (ex. Arizona and Texas instead of Texas and Texas Tech).