Just something I've been working on of late. I've been dreaming up a scenario that would explore the consequences of a Big Twelve split.
The First tier of BCS:
In my scenario, Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri and Oklahoma leave the big twelve, and break off with six of the SEC members, forming a conference of southern elites:
SEC: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee
The SEC decides to call it quits at ten; (though 12-team conference with Florida State and Arkansas would be a nice set-up) for A) Texas' aversion to a champ. game and B) as to not dilute the conference's revenue.
The Big Ten, with Kentucky in its grasp; seizes the day and goes after Rutgers. Big Ten also kicks out (lightly) Northwestern in an attempt to become a college sports superpower.
Big Ten East: Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue
Big Ten West: Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa
The PAC Ten stays pat as none of the surronding field is percieved to help boost revenue whilst keeping its elite academic status.
PAC Ten: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, Southern California, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State
The Second Tier of BCS:
Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest start making noise about succeding from the ACC to form a academically elite basketball friendly conference. Boston College and Virginia are convinced to join them. Notre Dame, after a few years of football mediocrity, decides the time is ripe to join a conference. Miami (Florida), Syracuse, and Vanderbilt round out a conference made up entirely of Tier I academic schools.
Southern Ivies: Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, Miami (Florida), Notre Dame, Syracuse, Vanderbilt
The remaining Big Twelve North Schools and Oklahoma State survey the scene and decide it best to stick together and form a new 1-A conference located in the Midwest and West.
The Heartland: Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Brigham Young, Arkansas, Texas Christain
The remaining ACC schools, sensing weakness in the Big East, reload with the remaining Big East Football members who are serious about the sport; and also add SEC castaway South Carolina. The hostlity between USC and the ACC has become less pronounced since both parties got screwed over by traditional 'ACC' schools:
ACC: Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, South Florida, Louisville and West Virgina.
Tier III BCS
Pittsburgh and Conneticut decide to de-emphisize football so they can remain in the Big East; which is still a basketball powerhouse. The Big East, Pittsburgh and UCONN break bread by agreeing to add two football schools: UMASS and Northwestern; academically elite, football playing schools in the Big East footprint. Pitt and UCONN join the Yankee conference for football, a northeastern 1-A league made up of former CAA members.
Yankee Conference: Northeastern, Delaware, Old Dominion, Georgia State, James Madison, Eastern Carolina, UMASS*, UCONN*, Pittsburgh*, Cincinatti*
Big East: Pittsburgh, UCONN, Cincinatti, Northwestern, Massachusetts, Villanova, Georgetown, Providence, Saint John's, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul
Yankee Conference [non-football]: Northeastern, Delaware, Old Dominion, Georgia State, James Madison, Eastern Carolina, George Mason, William & Mary, SUNY-Stony Brook, Hofstra
The Yankee conference decides to split from CAA to help boost it's athletic reputation to maintain D-I football.
C-USA is flush with fresh faces, and finds ECU and Marshall are no longer essential to the conference. With Mississippi and Mississippi State begging to join, the conference jettisons Southern Miss and switches out UTEP for New Mexico during the confusion.
C-USA East: Memphis, Central Florida, Tulane, Alabama-Birmingham, Mississippi, Mississippi State
C-USA West: Houston, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Baylor, Texas Tech, New Mexico
The WAC and MWC form a merger to remain an elite conference in 1-A:
MWC Mountain: Utah, Air Force, Colorado State, Wyoming, Boise State, Utah State
MWC Coastal: San Diego State, Fresno State, San Jose State, UNLV, Nevada, Hawaii
Army and Navy remain independent.
Temple and Rice drop football outright; while UTEP, Southern Miss, Marshall, Northwestern, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State, along with the MAC and Sun Belt, are lumped into a new classification that's between AQ and outright FCS.