Lash, your most recent post sounded like MLK's "I have a dream" speech !
I think we can all picture tht same 64, 72, 80 -team super-league.
What dynamic gets us there, though....
Not sure that each confernece office (most of whom would lose their jobs) doesn't have a vested interest in the status quo.
So the steps toward the super-league may be very slow and incremental...
PLUS the schools may want the current conferences to continue to exist as related to all other sports.
We could use a 4-team playoff this year, as one may project FSU, OSU, Bama, and Oregon/Stanford
all having legitimate claims to the National Championship, and a right to play for the title in a tournament.
And that ignores Baylor (who is putting up 64 points / game and is undefeated).
With 5 power conferences and the odd independent (ND, BYU) or Little 5 team of the year, it seems more likely
(a historical analysis bore this out), that in a given year there are more likely to be 7 or 8 zero or one-loss teams,
with a legitiamte claim to #1.
So starting next year, this selection committee may catch a lot of heat, as it may be easier to determine who is #2 now,
than to choose the #4 team from perhaps 4 or 5 contenders....
I see a lot of pressure to go to an 8-team tourney.
The new set up is for 12 years, but there is a break in some contracts after 6 years.
Which makes me wonder that after 6 years, might they want to go to 8 teams ?
They can still get by with the 6 bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Cotton, Sugar, Peach, Orange) for the 4 quarter-finals + 2 semi-finals (on a rotating basis)
and continue to bid out the national Chamionship Game.
Tute, this is not a dream thread type post and money will drive some form of consolidation of all the major conference into one super league. It is just good business and college sports is big business. While it may not be as clean as the following scenario, there will be a movement to one super conference or division to control all of college sport revenue.
Since we have been discussion a future super conference of the major college football schools breaking away from the current NCAA, it could be interesting to start creating some of the possible regional divisions.
First assumption: It is not a matter of if and just a matter of time to form this super conference of the major college football schools breaking away from the NCAA driven by money.
Second assumption: All schools which are currently members of the five power leagues will be included in this super conference (SEC, Pac 16, Big Ten, ACC, Big 12).
Third assumption: Notre Dame will be fighting and screaming all the way to being forced to move its football program into a league or regional division where the school should have been years ago.
Forth assumption: There will be additional schools from the non five power leagues allowed to move up a be included in this super league. In this scenario, there will be nine regional eight team divisions allowing UConn, BYU, and some current MWC schools to be included for a total of 72 schools. This super league could have more than 72 schools, however, for today there will be 72 included in this scenario.
I will start out with the easy 8 schools divisions which clearly should be aligned in this format.
Pacific: USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Oregon St, Washington, Wash St
Midwest: Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan St, Illinois, NW, Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame
East: Penn St, Pitt, WVU, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, UConn
Atlantic Coast: Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, Wake, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky
A little more tricky to get the next divisions aligned.
Plains: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa St, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas St, Missouri
Mountain: Arizona, Arizona St, Colorado, Utah, Colorado St, BYU, New Mexico, Boise St
Now for the most difficult task is how to break up the better football programs to balance out divisions. This could take more thoughts and additional alignment.
Southeast: Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, UCF
South: Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Miss, Miss St, LSU
Since we are on the Big 12 thread, the most difficult and political division to create.
Southwest: Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St
Summary: Notre Dame is finally in the corrected region for football. Eastern schools are finally aligned in the correct divisions after years of misalignment. Rivalries are restored including Texas/Texas A&M, Kansas/Missouri, Pitt/Penn St to name a few. UConn and other current non power schools have an equal footing to compete.
Football playoff could take all nine division winners along with selecting seven at large bids for a 16 team playoff which incorporates the current conference champion games into a full blown and fair playoff system. Bowls could continue a pick from any of the 72 school which did not make the 16 team playoff. The Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton and other bowls could continue to be played on during the holidays.
Basketball would finally be fun again with double round robin rivalries in each division. Winners of nine eight team divisions would get an automatic bid to the basketball tournament. I would only include 7 at large bids for an automatic sweet sixteen making college basketball regular season more important relevant and important again. This may be more of hard sell and every one of 72 schools could play in the tournament. Maybe taking the bottom 16 teams in this 72 school super conference format as play in to reach 64. Then the tournament could just resemble the current NCAA type format of using 64 teams. My preference would be to reduce the number of at large bids to increase importance of the regular college basketball season which would renew fan interest in a sport that has been on the decline for fan regular season attendance in recent year.