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(07-11-2017 11:50 AM)Wolfman Wrote:  No matter how many exclamation marks you use, bigger is not better. With 14 teams schools are already complaining about not seeing each other enough. UNC scheduled Wake Forest OOC for football. UNC and NCSU scheduled an OOC baseball game (it got rained out).

A better name for this plan is P2/G2/D2.

P2 (B1G, SEC)
G2 (ACC, PAC)
D2 (the rest)

Non-"rival" ACC schools in different divisions only see each other every 6 years not merely because there are 14 teams. It's also due to poor alignment and scheduling by the conference. A better alignment of the divisions would put more rivals together. For example:

Atlantic: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest
Coastal: Boston College, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech

More respectful of geography while still remaining fairly balanced in terms of football strength. And now all the NC teams can play each other every year.

With regard to schedule, even with the ACC's current 8-game conference slate, each school should be able to play every school in the other division within 4 years. This would require dropping the protected crossover, but realigning the divisions as above makes protected crossovers less necessary. With a 9-game conference schedule, it would be 3 years. Of course, the primary reason they haven't gone to 9 is to accommodate Notre Dame, which really seems unfair to the full ACC members.

A more radical solution is to drop scheduling based strictly on division and preserve only a few annual matchups. With the current 8-game schedule, each school could have up to 3 protected annual matchups while still being able to play all the teams in the conference within 2 years. Increasing the schedule to 9 games allows for up to 4 protected annual matchups while still seeing all teams within 2 years. In these cases, the divisions might only remain in place as a playoff structure or simply be abolished altogether.
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(07-10-2017 11:08 PM)ChrisLords Wrote:  I like the Idea of the SEC -2 and ACC -2 merging; and the B1G -2 and Pac 12 merging; and having 2 premiere leagues and 2 relegation leagues. You could even break away from the NCAA for football.

Maybe even make it SEC + 2, ACC +2, B1G +2 and Pac 16.

The NEW Southern Conference - at 36:

Plains Division

Texas, TT, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mizzou

Gulf Division

TAMU, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, MSU, Alabama

Southeast Division

Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina

Appalachian Division

FSU, Clemson, GT, Vandy, Louisville, WF

Atlantic Division

Miami, UNC, NCSU, Duke, UVa, Navy

Northeast Division

Notre Dame, VT, Pitt, Syracuse, BC, Cincinnati

Everyone has two permanent out of Division games so for ND it would be perhaps Navy and Miami, for Auburn it would Alabama, and perhaps Clemson. Texas might be TAMU and Arkansas. Bama might be OU and Auburn, etc., etc.

Six Division winners and two wild cards form an 8 team playoff with the first round at the home of the higher ranked.

The Conference Semifinals would be in the Orange, Sugar, or Peach Bowl.

The Championship would rotate around the above three.

The winner could face the Big 28 champion.


For example you might get:

Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson, and ND hosting Miami, Georgia, Texas, and Florida State.

Then have OU and Bama winner meet the Clemson and UGa winner.

Only Cincy, BC, Syracuse, Navy, WF, and Duke have stadiums that are really too small to host - so those odds are just 6 of 36 in any one year so they would need an arrangment with the NFL in Baltimore or DC, New England, NY, Cincy, and Charlotte.

If ND would not join you could plug WVa into their spot or make a case they are worth more than Cincy or Navy, but to get ND, you probably have to have Navy.

The other thing you would do is make non-conference games not count in the standings so as to encourage good OOC games. The two wild cards are designed in part to address a 9-3 ND team that lost to Stanford, USC, and absprbed confernce loss. Although in this format, there would prbably be very few SoCon, Big Whatever, meetings and no rivalry games outside ND's and Nebraska/OU, and Pitt/Penn State.

I can't imagine the decision making process in a conference that size and in reality what you would have is six conferneces under one umbrella.
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(07-11-2017 12:16 PM)lumberpack4 Wrote:  The NEW Southern Conference - at 36:

What do you think of this alignment instead? Same teams, just organized differently to reduce the need for protected crossovers.

Atlantic: Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Central: Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
East: Boston College, Miami, Navy, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
North: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri
South: Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina
West: LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Protected crossovers: Auburn/Georgia, Florida State/Miami

Also, no West Virginia or Oklahoma State? I'd trade them for Navy and TCU or TT.
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(07-11-2017 11:50 AM)Wolfman Wrote:  No matter how many exclamation marks you use, bigger is not better. With 14 teams schools are already complaining about not seeing each other enough. UNC scheduled Wake Forest OOC for football. UNC and NCSU scheduled an OOC baseball game (it got rained out).

A better name for this plan is P2/G2/D2.

P2 (B1G, SEC)
G2 (ACC, PAC)
D2 (the rest)

Yeah everyone wants less football, thats what everyone is clamoring for.
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(07-10-2017 09:31 PM)BalancedManSPE Wrote:  
(07-10-2017 08:14 PM)RutgersGuy Wrote:  B1G:

East- PSU, Rutgers, Maryland, UConn, Virginia

West- Texas, OU, KU, Nebraska, Iowa

South- Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State

North- Minny, Wisc, NW, Michigan, MSU

lol. Which one of these schools looks out of place?

Seriously, if Notre Dame, Texas, OU, etc, were even in the least interested in the B1G, they would've been there long before Rutgers. 07-coffee3

You mean the current member of the Big Ten is out of place in the Big Ten? Bitter Rutgers is going to be making more TV money than all but 13 other teams in college sports?
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(07-10-2017 10:09 PM)AppfanInCAAland Wrote:  There is so much silliness in that 160 team lineup, particularly at your G4 level. Rather going through it all, I will ask why the non-scholarship San Deigo be in FBS? And no part of Wofford, Charleston Southern, or Western Carolina belongs in FBS. And why would one of the oldest continuous rivalries in football (Richmond and W&M) be in different conferences were they both to go FBS? I could go on, what i wont.

Oh god forbid I didn't know the history of the greatest college rivalry of Richmond and William & Mary! hahahaha
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(07-11-2017 09:30 AM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(07-11-2017 08:10 AM)lew240z Wrote:  So, Northern Colorado replaces Colorado State in the Mountain West? Don't be silly.

Colorado State is missing altogether. Same goes for Ball State and South Alabama.

Updated to fix the missed teams. CSU replaces Northern CO, Ball St replaces Illinois St and So Alabama replaces Bama St.
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(07-11-2017 12:06 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(07-11-2017 11:50 AM)Wolfman Wrote:  No matter how many exclamation marks you use, bigger is not better. With 14 teams schools are already complaining about not seeing each other enough. UNC scheduled Wake Forest OOC for football. UNC and NCSU scheduled an OOC baseball game (it got rained out).

A better name for this plan is P2/G2/D2.

P2 (B1G, SEC)
G2 (ACC, PAC)
D2 (the rest)

Non-"rival" ACC schools in different divisions only see each other every 6 years not merely because there are 14 teams. It's also due to poor alignment and scheduling by the conference. A better alignment of the divisions would put more rivals together. For example:

Atlantic: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest
Coastal: Boston College, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech

More respectful of geography while still remaining fairly balanced in terms of football strength. And now all the NC teams can play each other every year.

With regard to schedule, even with the ACC's current 8-game conference slate, each school should be able to play every school in the other division within 4 years. This would require dropping the protected crossover, but realigning the divisions as above makes protected crossovers less necessary. With a 9-game conference schedule, it would be 3 years. Of course, the primary reason they haven't gone to 9 is to accommodate Notre Dame, which really seems unfair to the full ACC members.

A more radical solution is to drop scheduling based strictly on division and preserve only a few annual matchups. With the current 8-game schedule, each school could have up to 3 protected annual matchups while still being able to play all the teams in the conference within 2 years. Increasing the schedule to 9 games allows for up to 4 protected annual matchups while still seeing all teams within 2 years. In these cases, the divisions might only remain in place as a playoff structure or simply be abolished altogether.

Division realignment has been discussed at length... and then some more... and then some more... on the ACC board. Your divisions were probably in one of the thousands of iterations but there are still problems. Louisville wants to play FSU every year. UNC wants to play UVA every year. FSU and Miami want to play every year. And the list goes on.

There are many examples of conferences getting too big and splitting. The SoCon had 23 teams when the SEC split off. They grew to 19 when the ACC split off. The WAC got to 16 when the MWC split. The BE go so big, with so many competing interests it split.

I see your point that a change in attitude is needed for bigger conferences. However, I don't think college sports is anywhere near there yet. I think your proposed ACC divisions makes it even easier for the ACC to split and/or be raided.
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(07-10-2017 10:09 PM)AppfanInCAAland Wrote:  There is so much silliness in that 160 team lineup, particularly at your G4 level. Rather going through it all, I will ask why the non-scholarship San Deigo be in FBS? And no part of Wofford, Charleston Southern, or Western Carolina belongs in FBS. And why would one of the oldest continuous rivalries in football (Richmond and W&M) be in different conferences were they both to go FBS? I could go on, what i wont.

San Diego ended last season ranked in the FCS top 20 and made the playoff. Wofford was ranked 8th.
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(07-12-2017 10:15 AM)RutgersGuy Wrote:  
(07-10-2017 10:09 PM)AppfanInCAAland Wrote:  There is so much silliness in that 160 team lineup, particularly at your G4 level. Rather going through it all, I will ask why the non-scholarship San Deigo be in FBS? And no part of Wofford, Charleston Southern, or Western Carolina belongs in FBS. And why would one of the oldest continuous rivalries in football (Richmond and W&M) be in different conferences were they both to go FBS? I could go on, what i wont.

San Diego ended last season ranked in the FCS top 20 and made the playoff. Wofford was ranked 8th.

Torero Stadium holds 6,000. Average home game attendance was 2,405 last year.
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