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4 Super Conferences: My Final Realignment Shakeout Restores Traditions

The end game of the conference realignment shakeout _should_ look something like what I offer below. Note, of course, that under the current anarchic 'process' my end stage will never happen. Also, I felt free to exclude marginal BCS programs, because its the right thing to do. (By marginal I mean weak attendance, small television audience, NOBODY CARES kind of schools relative to a mid-level member of a BCS conference.) In addition, I break each of the mega-conferences down into their fairly sensible subdivisions, and discover some very pleasant 'tradition restored' phenomena. One final note: I limited super conferences to a maximum of 18 schools, because that's the max that allows playing all your subdivision foes, having a final championship game, and scheduling a reasonable number of non-conference games. 

BIG TEN (18 schools)

WEST

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Iowa

Northwestern

Illinois

Purdue

Michigan

Michigan State

Ohio State

 

EAST

Indiana

Notre Dame

Penn State

Boston College

Maryland

Virginia

Virginia Tech

West Virginia

Pittsburgh

 

The above is essentially a combination of the Big Ten with an idealized Big East. Weak literally and in tradition football not allowed. Note how the West subdivision is the old Big Ten (yay!) except for poor Indiana. The East is an old-fashioned best in the northeast football competition. Tradition restored!

SEC (18)

ATLANTIC

NCSU

North Carolina

Duke

Wake Forest

Clemson

South Carolina

Georgia

Georgia Tech

Tennessee

 

SOUTHEAST

Florida State

Florida

Miami

Auburn

Alabama

Kentucky

Vanderbilt

Mississippi State

Mississippi

 

Here I do the natural thing and combine the ACC and SEC, and return a few out-of-place schools back where they should be. Sorry South Florida, but ain't it great having all three traditiona Florida powers in the same conference?

BIG 16

NORTH

Colorado

Nebraska

Iowa State

Kansas

Kansas State

Missouri

Arkansas

LSU

 

SOUTH

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma

Texas A&M

Baylor

Texas

TCU

Texas Tech

New Mexico

 

Note the restoration of tradition, lots of long familiar foes. Feels real natural, and this is what America wants! New Mexico is a stretch but a natural region-and-travel wise.

PAC-14

NORTH

Washington

Washington State

Oregon State

Oregon

Boise State

Utah

Brigham Young

 

SOUTH

California

Stanford

UCLA

USC

San Diego State

Arizona

Arizona State

 

Can't get more than 14 into this one, and even SDSU was a stretch. San Diego is a huge television market and a natural for growth in fan base if it gets these sorts of conference opponents.

 

Of course I offer all of the above for argumentative purposes only. And, hey, if your team is left out that there are two extra spaces in the Big 16 and 4 extra ones in the Pacific 14. However, I don't think there will ever be enough true BCS schools in the west to justify 18 teams in its super conference. OTOH, certainly there are neglected powerhouses in the Southeast that I've excluded at this point. South Florida, I want to offer a personal apology to you, but I just couldn't find a space if I limit maximum conference size to 18. I suppose you (and who?) could be an 'out-of-region' member of the Big 16?

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