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My Radical College Football Realignment Plan

November 5, 2010

We can all agree that college football needs to be fixed. I have the solution. Here’s a realignment design that will scrap all the current conferences and condense the 120 FBS teams into four conferences of 30 teams each. The four conference winners will automatically advance to an 8-team playoff, along with the other four best teams, regardless of conference.

But Andrew, how will the other four teams be determined? What if there’s a tie at the top of the standings? Well, ties will be broken by using the same formula the IHSA uses – playoff points. Say Alabama is 12-0 in the Big South conference – they’ll automatically get into the playoff. Auburn and LSU are each 11-1 and are vying for the eighth and final playoff spot. Auburn’s opponents’ win totals combine to be 95, while LSU’s is 90. Auburn advances into the playoff, while LSU is relegated to a regular bowl game.

Regular season schedules will be determined by the team’s finish in the season before. Alabama finishes 12-0 in 2011; It will play four teams in the top 10 from last season; three teams from the 11-20 range; and three teams from the 21-30 range. It will also play two other conference winners from the previous season.

That totals 12 games in the regular season. Add in two teams playing three games in the playoff and that’s 15 games for two teams – only two more than many teams play already. Other teams will be playing 12, 13 or 14 games. This is barely any more time/games than what college teams already play now.

The top 60 teams (including playoff teams) will play in the postseason. This makes 26 regular bowl games and 7 playoff games.

I don’t care about conference rivalries or money or contracts or anything. WHO CARES!? If President Obama comes to me tomorrow and wants to deem me Sports Czar (a term Bill Simmons coined, and if he ever becomes the SC, I hope to be one of his advisors) this would be one of the first things I’d do. Following are the conferences and teams.

Big East – This division features four currently ranked teams in the AP Top 25, and most of the teams come from the ACC, SEC and Big East.

  1. NC State        6-2     35 playoff points
  2. Virginia Tech 6-2*      33 playoff points (VT’s game against James Madison is not being counted to 1. make records equal since the other 2-loss teams haven’t played this week and 2. JMU is an FCS school)
  3. Temple
  4. South Carolina           6-2      37 playoff points
  5. Navy
  6. Army
  7. Maryland
  8. North Carolina
  9. Marshall
  10. East Carolina
  11. Buffalo
  12. Clemson
  13. Virginia
  14. UConn
  15. Miami (FL)
  16. Georgia
  17. Georgia Tech
  18. BC
  19. Duke
  20. Rutgers
  21. West Virginia
  22. South Florida
  23. Tennessee
  24. Wake Forest
  25. Florida St.      6-2     34 playoff points
  26. Syracuse
  27. UCF
  28. FIU
  29. Florida Atlantic
  30. Florida

Big South – This conference has nine teams currently ranked in the Top 25, and most of the teams are currently in the Big 12 South, SEC, Conference USA and Mountain West.

  1. UAB
  2. Southern Miss
  3. Memphis
  4. Houston
  5. Southern Methodist
  6. Tulsa
  7. UTEP
  8. Tulane
  9. Rice
  10. Baylor
  11. Oklahoma      7-1          35 playoff points
  12. Oklahoma State         7-1        33 playoff points
  13. Texas
  14. Texas Tech
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Vanderbilt
  17. Auburn          9-0  45 playoff points
  18. Alabama      7-1     32 playoff points
  19. LSU   7-1       39 playoff points
  20. Mississippi State
  21. Arkansas
  22. Mississippi
  23. North Texas
  24. Louisana-Lafayette
  25. Middle Tennessee
  26. Arkansas State
  27. Troy
  28. Louisiana Tech
  29. Louisiana-Monroe
  30. TCU 9-0 34 playoff points

Big West – Seven ranked teams as of now, and most of the teams hail from the WAC, Pac 10, Mountain West and Big 12.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Fresno State
  3. Boise State     8-0 25 playoff points
  4. Nevada          7-1     28 playoff points
  5. Idaho
  6. New Mexico State
  7. Utah State
  8. San Jose State
  9. Oregon     8-0       24 playoff points
  10. Stanford       7-1     30 playoff points
  11. Arizona          7-1     29 playoff points
  12. Arizona State
  13. Oregon State
  14. USC
  15. Cal
  16. Washington
  17. UCLA
  18. Washington State
  19. Utah    8-0      22 playoff points
  20. San Diego State
  21. Air Force
  22. BYU
  23. Colorado State
  24. UNLV
  25. Wyoming
  26. Colorado
  27. New Mexico
  28. Kansas
  29. Kansas State
  30. Nebraska 7-1     34 playoff points

Big North – Five ranked teams here, mostly coming from the Big 10, Big East, Big 12, SEC, MAC and Notre Dame!

  1. Minnesota
  2. Illinois
  3. Iowa
  4. Ohio State        7-1* 35 playoff points (*I didn’t count their win against Eastern Michigan so every one would have equal records)
  5. Michigan State           7-1*     38 playoff points (*I didn’t count their win over Northern Colorado because, well see above)
  6. Wisconsin       7-1     31 playoff points
  7. Michigan
  8. Purdue
  9. Penn State
  10. Northwestern
  11. Indiana
  12. Louisville
  13. Cincinnati
  14. Pitt
  15. Missouri           7-1       42 playoff points
  16. Iowa State
  17. Kentucky
  18. Western Kentucky
  19. Ohio
  20. Miami (OH)
  21. Kent State
  22. Bowling Green
  23. Akron
  24. Northern Illinois
  25. Toledo
  26. Western Michigan
  27. Eastern Michigan
  28. Ball State
  29. Central Michigan
  30. Notre Dame

So now, we’ve got our four conference winners – Auburn, Boise State, Missouri and South Carolina, ranked in that order. TCU, Oregon and Utah are the 5, 6, 7 teams. So that leaves one team to round out the 8-team playoff for the National Championship. The final team, through games up until 11/5, with 39 playoff points, is the LSU Tigers, with a 7-1 record. Don’t hate me for this, and I’ll be the first one to tell you that they aren’t the best team, but they’ve beat a bunch of good teams and barely lost to Auburn. If I started this post on Sunday, chances are some other team would be in that last spot, as well as maybe another spot or two. So here’s the first round playoff matchups, played at the higher seed’s home field.

1. Auburn vs 8. LSU

2. Boise State vs 7. Utah

3. Missouri vs 6. Oregon

4. South Carolina vs 5. TCU

How sweet would that be?

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One Comment
  1. tile87 permalink

    Send this to sports writers. I love it.

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