OK. I love
college football, but canít stand the mess thatís going on right now.
SO IíM TAKING OVER!
First, letís start with conference re-alignment. Iím OK with the ďSuper ConferenceĒ
concept. So, Iím mandating change
to force the following conferences.
If you take a close look, Iím not changing things that much, and trying
to keep things in geographic perspective.
Letís start at ďhomeĒ with the Big 10 (or, Big 14, as it
will be called).
Iím adding Iowa State, and (gulp), Notre Dame. It just makes sense. West division: Minnesota, Nebraska,
Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northwestern,
Illinois. East Division: Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State.
Yes, the ďPac 14Ē will add Boise State and BYU. North Division: Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Oregon State, Oregon, Utah, BYU.
South Division: Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Arizona,
Iím breaking up the Big-12, and bringing back the old Southwest
Conference. Well, they could keep the Big-12 name too. North
Division: Kansas, Kansas State,
Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. South Division: Texas, Texas A & M, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Houston.
Now, the football power conference, the South East
Conference. Iím basically adding
in two new power teamís from Florida, plus setting up some natural rivalries in
the northern half. East
Division: LSU, Mississippi State,
Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbuilt and Louisville. West Division: Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, Miami
and Memphis and Kentucky.
Now, to my favorite basketball conference, the ACC, which
made the big splash last weekend by adding Pitt and Syracuse, which is spelling
the demise of the Big East. Iím
yanking an SEC team, and adding a couple of other Big East schoolís. North Division: UConn,
Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt, Maryland, Rutgers,
West Virginia and Virginia. South Division: Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North
Carolina, NC State, Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech and South
Now, thatís all the power teams, but not all of the FBS
(formerly Division I-A) schoolís.
I have 3 more ďalso-ranĒ conferences.
Hawaii, San Diego State, San Jose State, Fresno State, UNLV, Nevada,
Utah State. Mountain
Division: Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado
St, Air Forcce, New Mexico, New Mexico St, UT-El Paso.
Iím experimenting with 4, 4-team divisionís in this
conference. West Division: North Texas, SMU, Tulsa, Rice. South West Division: LA-Lafayette,
LA-Monroe, Louisana Tech, Tulane.
Cotton Belt Division: Troy,
UAB, Arkansas St, Southern Miss.
East Division: East
Carolina, South Florida, Central
Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International.
Finally, the last grouping of ďalso-ransĒ. West
Division: Central Michigan,
Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron, Buffalo. East Division: Ohio, Miami-Ohio,
Marshall, Army, Navy, Temple, Cincinnati.
all FBS schoolís, divided into 8 conferences. We will play a 12-game regular season schedule, and all
conferences will have a conference championship game.
Now, Iím instituting a playoff system, while keeping the
bowl system in place. The
conference champs from the Big-5 conferences secure a spot in the
playoffs. The remaining spots go
to one of the 3 remaining conference champs, IF, they are ranked in the top-10
at the end of the season.
Otherwise, the remaining spots go to the next 3 highest ranked teams
that didnít win their conference, using a BCS-style ranking system.
All of the teamís that donít qualify for the playoff system
can still go to all those lame bowls.
The Motor City Bowl. The
Sun Bowl. The Blue Bonnet Bowl. Whatever. But, a team must be OVER .500 (not at .500) to get into a
bowl, and all those bowls MUST be played prior to Jan. 1.
Iím taking the 4 big bowls, the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl,
Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and making those my quarterfinal round. And Iím bringing them back to New
Yearís Day, like when I was a kid.
From there, you add a semifinal round in the next week or
so, then plan the National Championship game for the week in between the NFLís
Conference Championship games, and the Super Bowl.
Easy-pasy, lemon-squeezy. Now, the NCAA just has to hire me to ďGet ĎR DoneĒ.