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What if College football realigned like this?
CFB realignment currently always focuses on making one or two leagues mega conferences in terms of revenue and competition while taking from everyone else but is that better than building the sport nationally and maybe increasing the size of the whole pie so that the product is better? I don't think so.

What if we could bring back every important traditional rivalry within conference games and create 4 equal leagues? The only recently built rivalry that suffers from conference games is PSU vs OSU and while that is a great game I think PSU fans might see advantages of what is developed below and could be played OOC.

What if 72 teams broke away and formed this?

B1G: OSU, Mich., ND, MSU, Wisky, Ia., Illinois, NU, Ind., Purdue, Mn., USC, UCLA, UW, Or., Cal, Stanford, AZ.
**this gives ND all of its big rivalries in conference and its a midwestern school and still maintains a wide footprint and brings back all the old Rose Bowl rivalries.

ACC: PSU, Maryland, Rutgers, WVU, Clemson, NC, NC ST., Duke, BC, Va Tech, Va., WF, Ga. Tech, Syracuse, Pitt., UCONN, Cincy, UCF or USF,
brings back old Big East rivalry games and gives them PSU to headline the league for football and PSU is set up as king of the region for recruiting, exposure.

Big 12: UT, OU, Neb., A&M, Arky, TT, KU, KSU, ISU, Missouri, Col., Baylor, TCU, ASU, Utah, BYU, Boise St., Houston
Brings back the rivalries mentioned earlier.

SEC: Bama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, MSU, Fl., Ga., KY, Tn., SC, Vandy, FSU, Miami, Louisville, Cincy Plus 2 more. also, if SEC wanted all of Florida they add UCF & USC and the ACC takes others.
This gives the SEC two past football schools in FSU & Miami and they pretty much own the state of Florida. Louisville and Cincy fit in the northern footprint well and add basketball.

You can argue the last team or two in the B12/ACC & SEC but what fan wouldn't enjoy seeing these rivalries come back all within conferences? They are all pretty equal and engage all regions of the country and then division 1 can negotiate their contract as one.

Each league gets to 18 and conferences have 6-8 teams compete in conference playoffs to determine the CFP. Bowl games are finished. Have a single set of division standings and each league goes to 10 games. Some games are locked in every year, some are every other year, some are every 3 years and some maybe even every 4 years. Play the games that are most important more often. The non conference games would do away with FCS and even what are now G5 games and would be such a higher quality game.

Can anyone argue this wouldn't be better for College football?
07-20-2021 03:58 PM
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RE: What if College football realigned like this?
I like the 4x18 as an exercise, whether plausible or not. It would result in 2 or 3 "higher power conferences" and 1 or 2 "lower power conferences." I'm going to propose a 3x24 below. My 72 would include the current power 65 + BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, and Temple.

B1G
Pacific: California, Oregon, Oregon St, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington St
Central: Arizona, Arizona St, Colorado, Iowa St, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah
Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio St, Purdue, Wisconsin

SEC
West: Baylor, BYU, Houston, Kansas St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas, Texas Tech
South: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi St, TCU, Texas A&M
East: Central Florida, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

ACC
North: Boston College, Michigan St, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn St, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse
Atlantic: Cincinnati, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina St, Temple, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Coastal: Clemson, Duke, Florida St, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech
07-21-2021 10:34 AM
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RE: What if College football realigned like this?
I like it!
Ohio State doesn't want to be strictly regional, spread that conference out!
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RE: What if College football realigned like this?
(07-21-2021 01:42 PM)cubucks Wrote:  I like it!
Ohio State doesn't want to be strictly regional, spread that conference out!

Any realignment for the B1G needs to add recruiting grounds, they trail the SEC & ACC footprint of recruits by a wide margin. California, would help that.

I hope the OU/UT to the SEC is leverage for something in the future and doesn't happen because I tend to think it will ruin CFB as a national sport and the overall pie is going to decline.
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RE: What if College football realigned like this?
(07-22-2021 11:04 AM)Win5002 Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 01:42 PM)cubucks Wrote:  I like it!
Ohio State doesn't want to be strictly regional, spread that conference out!

Any realignment for the B1G needs to add recruiting grounds, they trail the SEC & ACC footprint of recruits by a wide margin. California, would help that.

I hope the OU/UT to the SEC is leverage for something in the future and doesn't happen because I tend to think it will ruin CFB as a national sport and the overall pie is going to decline.
I'm not a big fan of the OU/Texas news, but I think it will change college football as we know it. I believe JRsec or Fighting Muskie? Have mentioned going to two very large conferences at some point and this appears to be the start of that. The PAC and Northern ACC merge with BIG schools and southern ACC schools with SEC?
Maybe some BIG12 schools make the cut too?
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RE: What if College football realigned like this?
(07-22-2021 11:44 AM)cubucks Wrote:  
(07-22-2021 11:04 AM)Win5002 Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 01:42 PM)cubucks Wrote:  I like it!
Ohio State doesn't want to be strictly regional, spread that conference out!

Any realignment for the B1G needs to add recruiting grounds, they trail the SEC & ACC footprint of recruits by a wide margin. California, would help that.

I hope the OU/UT to the SEC is leverage for something in the future and doesn't happen because I tend to think it will ruin CFB as a national sport and the overall pie is going to decline.
I'm not a big fan of the OU/Texas news, but I think it will change college football as we know it. I believe JRsec or Fighting Muskie? Have mentioned going to two very large conferences at some point and this appears to be the start of that. The PAC and Northern ACC merge with BIG schools and southern ACC schools with SEC?
Maybe some BIG12 schools make the cut too?

If I am the B1G before it happens I would try and engineer all the mostly AAU schools left that add to recruiting. UT, OU(I know thats an exception), USC, UCLA, CAL, UW, OR, ND, NC, Va., Ga. Tech, FSU. Losing Texas is a horrible scenario for the B1G. They are dwarfed in recruits in compared to the SEC and even if they expand in the SE they get the secondary brands everywhere except NC & Va.

A consolidation of 48 or so teams is bad for CFB but it may happen.
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