Where's it all headed ?
Suppose the "Big 5" conferneces got together and decided to consolidate into four 18-team conferences:
ACC (adds UConn, WVU, Cincy, Notre Dame FB):
North: BC, UConn*, Syracuse, Pitt, VaTech, WVU *, Cincy*, Louisville, Notre Dame (all sports*)
South: UVa, UNC, NCSU, Duke, Wake, Clemson, GaTech, FSU, Miami
Big Eighteen (adds Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State):
Legends (no, just kidding !) East: Rutgers, Maryland, PSU, OSU, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, MSU, Northwestern
West: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State *, Missouri *, Nebraska, Kansas *, Kansas State*
SEC: (loses Missouri, adds Baylor, TCU, TT, OU, OSU):
East: South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas
West: Mississippi, Mississippi State, LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor*, TCU*, Texas Tech *, Oklahoma*, Oklahoma State*
PAC: (adds SDSU, UNLV, Boise St. BYU, Colorado State, Texas):
Pacific: UW, WSU, OU, OSU, Cal, Stanford, USC, UCLA, SDSU *
Western: AU, ASU, UNLV *, Utah, BYU*, Boise St. *, Colorado, CSU*, Texas *
Best I could come up with.... nobody currently in the "Big 5" is left out (thus less of a chance for law suits...)
Only 1 team moves out of a confernece that continues to exist in the future (Missouri).
The 10 Big XII teams get re-distributed: 1 to ACC, 3 to B1G, 5 to SEC, 1 to PAC.
Going forward we have 72 teams:
64.5 curently in the Big 5. Notre Dame FB (0.5) comes in.
7 teams are promoted:
2 from AAC (to ACC): UConn and Cincy
4 from MWC (to PAC): Boise St., UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado St.
1 independent (to PAC): BYU
Format - play the other 8 in your 9-team division as a round robin.
Play 2-3 more from the other division. Maybe some protected rivalry games like Northwest-Illinios, Va-VaTech.
Don't necessarily have to have those inter-divisional games count in conference standings,
since that can really un-balance the schedule depending who you get in a given year.
2 semi-finals, based on some ranking paired 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3