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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:20 pm 
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Since the last "What-If-Trickle-down: MWC Expansion" thread was a hit, here's a new one.

I thought a fun idea would be to fiddle around with some "What if" scenarios.

So here's the hypothetical:
What if the BCS said, ALL FBS CONFERENCES NEED TO BE 12+ TEAMS (and the 3 indys need to align)?

BIG TEN: (1): Adds Notre Dame
PAC 10: (2): Adds Utah & BYU
SEC: none
ACC: none
BIG 12: none
BIG EAST: (4) Adds Memphis, UCF, Army, Navy
MAC: none
MWC: (5): Adds Boise St, Nevada, Fresno St., Utah St and Hawaii
CUSA: (2) Adds LA Tech, NMSU
SUNBELT: (4) Adds Idaho & SJSU and given waiver until next 2 schools upgrade
WAC: folds

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:58 pm 
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B10: Notre Dame
Pac10: Colorado, Colorado St
SEC: none
ACC: none
Big XII: Utah
Big East: Memphis, UCF, ECU, Charlotte (if they upgrade, if not, Temple)
MAC: kicks out Temple
MWC: UTEP, Hawaii, Fresno St, Boise St, Nevada
C-USA: North Texas, FIU, FAU, W. Kentucky
MAC: dumps Temple
Sun Belt: Utah St, New Mex St, Idaho, La Tech, SJ St

Indep: Army, Navy, Temple, (upgrades:) Texas St, Texas San Antonio, App State.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:43 pm 
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Lets take that a step further. Lets say the gubmnet steps in and says all 120 FBS teams need to have an equal shot at playing in a BCS bowl and each conference needs to take home an equal share ---$17M. To that end, there needs to immediately be 10 conferences with 12 FBS playing members each.

With everyone sharing in the BCS revenue, there is no reason to reach beyond a footprint for marginally better programs and less of a reason to accept lesser programs to claim association with better academic schools. expansion motivations would shift quite a bit.

BIG TEN: (1): Adds Notre Dame
PAC 10: (2): Adds Colorado & CSU for Colorado markets.
SEC: none
ACC: none
BIG 12: passes over TCU with their large (for non-BCS) athletic budget since they already own DFW and adds Memphis for access to Tennessse, Mississippi and Arkansas TVs. (UT might prefer flagship UNM due to their research reputation, but might accept this as the 3 state region dwarfs what NM yeilds and the changes might be seen as shorter term = until UT can make it's own conference.)
BIG EAST: (4) Adds Temple, UCF, Army, Navy for TV.
MAC: none
MWC: (4): Adds Boise St, Nevada, UNT, & Fresno St. FS and UNT add media value.
CUSA: (2) Suprisingly adds WKU & MTU to ease eastern travel for UAB, S Miss, ECU, and Marshall and help in basketball.
SAC (Sunbelt Athletic Conference): WAC merges with remnants of sunbelt. With $17M per year, they can afford the travel.

BCS Bowls

Rose: Pac 12 v. Big Dozen
Sugar: SEC v. Big 12
Orange: BE v. ACC
Cotton: MWC v. CUSA
Liberty: MAC v. SAC


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:41 am 
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Pac 10: adds Utah, BYU
Red - USC, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah
Blue - UCLA, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, BYU

Big 10: adds Notre Dame
North - Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame
South - Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue

Mountain West: adds Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, UTEP, Tulsa
Pacific - Hawaii, San Diego State, Fresno State, UNLV, Boise State, Wyoming
Mountain - Colorado State, Air Force, New Mexico, UTEP, Tulsa, TCU

Western Athletic: adds Tulane, Houston, Rice, SMU, North Texas, Arkansas State
Mountain - Nevada, Idaho, Utah State, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Arkansas State
Central - Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Houston, Rice, SMU, North Texas

Big East: adds UCF, Memphis, Army, Navy, loses remaining non-football members
North - Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Army, Connecticut, Rutgers
South - Central Florida, South Florida, Memphis, Louisville, Navy, West Virginia

SBC: adds Marshall, ECU, UAB, USM, loses non-football members to Summit League.
West - Lousiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, South Alabama, WKU, MTSU
East - Marshall, East Carolina, UAB, Troy, Florida Atlantic, Florida International

Conference USA: adds the 7 remaining non-football members from Big East; St. Louis, Xavier, and Dayton of the Atlantic 10; Creighton of the Missouri Valley; and Detroit Mercy of the Horizon League.
West - Creighton, St. Louis, Marquette, DePaul, Xavier, Dayton
East - Providence, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Detroit Mercy

Conference USA also announces sponsorship of FBS football-only league, allowing schools to keep all other sports in their current conferences:
West - Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Missouri State, Texas State, UTSA, Lamar,
East - Charlotte, Appalachian State, Georgia State, Massachusetts, Georgia Southern, Old Dominion

Summit League: adds Denver, New Orleans, UALR
West - Denver, Southern Utah, North Dakota State, South Dakota State
Central - UMKC, Oral Roberts, UALR, Centenary, New Orleans
East - Western Illinois, IUPUI, IPFW, Oakland

ACC: no changes

MAC: no changes


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Big Ten(12)Notre Dame
Pac-10(12)Utah, BYU
SEC-none
Big-12-none
ACC-none
MAC(14)Army
Big East(12)UCF, Memphis, ECU, Navy
MWC(12)Boise St., Fresno St., Nevada
C-USA(12)W.Kentucky, UTSA, S.Alabama
Sun Belt(14)Lamar, Jacksonville St., Georgia So., Texas St.
WAC(12)Montana, Montana St., UC Davis, Sacramento St., Portland St., Cal Poly

(Denver went to the Big Sky)

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