I've always been a fan of the relegation system in sports. The relegation process would still need to be determined. May use the bowls or just switch the top 2 of a lower tier with the bottom 2 of the upper tier above. While I believe it fits professional athletics far easier than collegiate, I wanted to play around with the idea. One of the things I like about smaller-sized confererences, more specifically 10, is that the conferences can schedule 9 conference games, so each team plays every conference member. So I combined the two ideas for current FBS schools and schools making the move in the coming years. I came up with a 3-tiered system with kind of a "glitch," but nothing that couldn't be fixed with strong minds. I split the teams in to four "zones," trying to balance them out regionally and talent-wise. Also, some schools, may not be in their "regional" fit, like Notre Dame, but those differences were because of variables like preference and what not. Its obviously not going to be perfect. Some overlap was inevitable. Here goes:
Tier 1: Boise St, BYU, Oregon, Oregon St, Stanford, TCU, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Washington
Tier 2: Air Force, Arizona, Arizona St, California, Colorado St, Fresno St, Nevada, San Diego St, Utah, Utah St
Tier 3: Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, New Mexico St, San Jose St, UNLV, UTEP, Washington St, Wyoming
Tier 1: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Mississippi St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M
Tier 2: Arkansas St, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi, Rice, SMU, UCF, Vanderbilt
Tier 3: FAU, FIU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Southern Miss, Troy, UAB, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe
Tier 1: Arkansas, Kansas St, Michigan, Michigan St, Missouri, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio St, Wisconsin
Tier 2: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa St, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Purdue, Toledo, Tulsa
Tier 3: Akron, Ball St, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, Kent St, Miami OH, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan
Tier 1: Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida St, Louisville, Miami FL, Notre Dame, Penn St, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Tier 2: East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Navy, NC St, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, UNC, USF, Virginia
Tier 3: Army, Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Duke, Marshall, Maryland, Massachusetts, Temple, Wake Forest
That leaves the "glitch" I mentioned earlier...
Group: Appalachian St, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Georgia St, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Texas St, Tulane, UTSA
Scheduling: play everyone in your tier (9 games), plus a team in each of the other "Zones" from the same level tier as you (3 games). Total regular season: 12 games. The champion from each zone would go into the College Football Playoffs.
Bowls: It seems as if we're going to have a bowl game for every team eventually because conferences keep wanting to create bowls. It's ridiculous, but it is what it is. Assuming so, use bowl games to match up teams that haven't played each other from the other zones in the same tier (trying to match regular season performance of course). However, the bottom two teams from an upper tier would play the top two teams from the tier just below it in bowl games (Tier 1 Team #9 v Tier 2 Team #2, Tier 1 Team #10 v Tier 2 Team #1). These would be some pretty awesome matchups with a lot at stake.
Any comments/ideas/praises/extremely harsh criticisms?