fighting muskie wrote:
With the MWC and nBE changes, it really is a shame that the MWC/BE merge idea discussed here a year or so ago never came to be. Would think at this point, it would be the best TV contract with a real national conference.
It would be great to see the 12 MWC schools + 10 BE schools + Army and Navy team up as a 24 team mega-conference or at least a loose confederation that teams up for bowl games, negotiates media contracts together, and shares revenue to some degree but I'm guessing that since the BE went after the MWC teams (Boise, SDSU, AFA, Fresno) and then the MWC went after the BE's teams (Boise, SDSU, Houston, SMU) we're not going to see any sort of amity between Providence and Colorado Springs.
But since we're considering a somewhat hypothetical national conference:
I'd do 6 Pods of 4--each school plays the 3 schools in their pod annually and 1 school from each of the other 5 (3+5=8 conference games) Pods could be done as so:
Pod 1--UConn, Temple, Army, Navy
Pod 2--Cincinnati, ECU, UCF, USF
Pod 3--Memphis, Tulane, SMU, Houston
Pod 4--Wyoming, Colorado St, Air Force, New Mexico
Pod 5--Utah St, Boise St, Nevada, UNLV
Pod 6--San Diego St, Fresno St, San Jose St, Hawaii
There would have to be certain caveats--AFA always gets Navy or Army out of Pod 1 (and play the other as an OOC game) I also think the league should encourage teams to schedule OOC games with members in the league who aren't part of their regular schedule. This sort of model would give everyone involved truly national exposure.
A conference title game would get a little tricky--you could either treat Pods 1,2,& 3 as a "conference" and 4,5, & 6 as a "conference" and have a Mega Conference East Champ and Mega Conference West Champ or simply have the top two teams in the computer rankings square off.
I'd rather the MWC go to 18.
Pod 1--SMU, Houston, Memphis/Tulsa
Pod 2--New Mexico, UTEP, UTSA
Pod 3--Wyoming, Colorado St, Air Force
Pod 4--BYU, Utah St, Boise St,
Pod 5--Fresno St, San Jose St, Nevada
Pod 6--UNLV,San Diego St, Hawaii
Pods 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 always play each other. Pod 3 would play one of pod 1 or 2 (forming an east division) while 4 plays one of 5 or 6 (forming a west division) Pods 3 and 4 switch divisions every year. The pods that don't play a pod from the central play each other.
At this point everyone would have played 8 conference games. Some would have played 5 of their 8 games against their division while others would have played all 8 division members. So I would suggest a 9th rotating game so that those with only 5 divisional games get a 6th and those that haven't played outside their division get a game against someone they don't usually play.
For basketball, you play everyone once and one rival a second time for 18.
New Mexico, UTEP
Colorado St, Air Force
BYU, Utah St
Boise St, Wyoming
Fresno St, San Jose St
San Diego St, Hawaii