Well, you confused me.
Right now FBS has 5 "have" conferences and 5 "have nots".
The all got together, and the "haves" (the Big 5) told the others how it's gonna be... we will give you one slot in an access bowl woth $86 mill to split up.
The Big 5 all get $60 - $80+ mill / year PLUS one would expect their schools will likely get all 4 semi-final spots and then the 2 spots in the finals worth what ??? -
I think ESPN is paying $700 mill / year for the whole ball of wax, and the Big 5 are likely to get all but $86 million.
So that's an average of well over $100,000,000 PER BIG 5 CONFERENCE EACH YEAR.
My question is "why does the Big 5 need to consolidate to 4 ?"
(which is another way of asking - what's the problem with stopping expansion right here at 14, and letting the BigXII and ACC continue to exist as the status quo) ?.
4 fits into a bracket nicely (if they were planning to exclude everyone else) but if they are going ahead with the announced format for the next 12 years,
5 conferences works just fine (those 5 are getting the lion's share of the money) SO I only see a need to consolidate to 4, if those 4 were planning on splitting off
and each of the 4 conference champions automatically qualifies for the 4 spots in the National Championship Bracket...
What is your vision of where this is all headed ? (I guess that is the grand question everyone should be asking Devany, Scott, Slive, Bowlsby, and Swofford ...)
5 is good but 4 is better (if you make it in the 4), look the ACC squeaked into the Big 5 by the hair of their chinny chin chin, the Orange bowl didn't want them and noone wanted to partner up their champ with them (outside of the nBE/MWC) so they made the deal with the devil that is ND and then were able to get the SEC/B1G to jump on board. The Orange bowl is a good deal for the SEC/B1G but they could be playing in it every year against each other rather than an ACC team by simply eliminating along with the Big 12 which really has no great expansion options to keep up with its Northern/Eastern neighbors.
Imagine this, the SEC expands with NCSU and VPI, the Big Ten grabs UNC and UVA, and then then Big 12 swoopes in to establish a Eastern wing with Miami, FSU, GATech, Clemson, Duke, Pitt, Syracuse, and Lville to join up with WVU to make a nice 18 team league. Then ND decides to finally join the Big Ten along with Boston College. And boom the ACC is gone except Wake.
Now we have 6 BCS type games to seed that could be...
Every major conference plays each other and obviously we could work the semi finals into this system.
Using my conference realignment predictions above and the final BCS rankings (prior to the bowls) as an example we could have had these match-ups. Sub 15. NILL above the lowest ranked team
Rose PAC12/B1G 13. Oregon St v 18. Michigan (sub 16 Neb if tOSU eligible) 15. NILL would play here
Fiesta B12/PAC12 6. Stanford v 12. Florida St (as a B12 school)
Cotton PAC12/SEC 2. Bama v 4. Oregon (SEMI FINAL)
Sugar SEC/B12 3. Florida v 11. Oklahoma
Peach B12/B1G 1. ND (as a B1G school) v 5. K State (SEMI FINAL)
Orange B1G/SEC 7. Georgia v 16. Nebraska (or undefeated Ohio St if eligible)
This way every conference has 3 BCS games (I'd be fine with putting a clause that the lowest ranked BCS team must forfeit its spot to a nonAQ if ranked higher that way 15/ NILL would replace 18. Michigan in the Rose or 16. Nebraska if tOSU was eligible)
So you consolidate power to 4 conferences who have more negotiating power and secures the best bowls, TV deals, and even things like educational/research grants for their members over other conferences and add plenty of inventory for these networks to show upto 2-3 fb games most Saturdays ntm basketball/baseball and sports like Hockey/LAX.
Then again, this might repeat in 2025 (when the Big 12 GOR is up) and we might end up with a PAC20, Big20, and SEC (of 20) where everyone gets 4 BCS games.
Then who knows maybe the B1G/P12 merge and join forces culminating in a raid of the SEC.
Wow I really started rambling...
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...