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    My Fix for College Football

    Hey all. Long time reader, first time poster and I am more than prepared to get flamed for this posting.
    After all this realignment nonsense I started thinking how to “fix” college football. What started with great tradition and rivalries has degenerated to a full on greed spree by a few schools. So here is my fix. I am more than aware that this will never happen, but it’s fun to think about.

    Conferences: First, a commissioner for college football would be set up. All 125 FBS schools (including future members Georgia St., Old Dominion, North Carolina at Charlotte and to make it an even number I pulled up Sam Houston St) would be delegated into eight regional football only conferences of sixteen schools each. The Big XII, ACC, Sun Belt, etc would continue to exist for Olympic sports. This would be similar to football in the state of Iowa with the exception of the eastern Class 4A schools. Each conference was created to:

    1) Retain regional rivalries for fans/ allow travel distance
    2) Create leagues that span north-south to provide every team recruiting access to the fertile south
    3) Keep each league as competitive as possible without destroying regional cohesion.

    (Don’t hate on the names too much. I’m not that creative)
    Great West Conference
    BCS:8
    FBS:7
    Pod A: Washington, Washington St., Idaho, Boise St.
    Pod B: Oregon, Oregon St., Nevada, UNLV
    Pod C: California, Stanford, San Jose St., Fresno State
    Pod D: Hawai’i, Southern Cal, San Diego St., UCLA

    InterMountain Conference
    BCS:8
    FBS: 8
    Pod A: BYU, Utah, Utah St., Wyoming
    Pod B: Air Force, Colorado, Colorado St., Nebraska
    Pod C: Arizona, Arizona St., New Mexico, New Mexico St.
    Pod D: Kansas, Kansas St., Texas Tech, UTEP

    Heartland Conference
    BCS:10
    FBS: 6
    Pod A: Southern Methodist, Minnesota, UTSA, Wisconsin
    Pod B: Iowa, Iowa St., North Texas, Texas St.
    Pod C: Baylor, Missouri, TCU, Tulsa
    Pod D: Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St.

    Big Rivers Conference
    BCS: 10
    FBS: 6
    Pod A: Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Northern Illinois, Texas A&M
    Pod B: Louisiana St., Northwestern, Rice, Vanderbilt
    Pod C: Arkansas, Arkansas St., Illinois, Louisiana- Monroe
    Pod D: Houston, Indiana, Louisiana- Lafayette, Purdue

    Gridiron League
    BCS: 8
    FBS: 8
    Pod A: Alabama, Auburn, Ball St., Western Kentucky
    Pod B: Notre Dame, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Tulane
    Pod C: Kentucky, Louisville, South Alabama, Troy
    Pod D: Mississippi St., Ole Miss, Southern Miss, UAB

    East Central Conference
    BCS: 8
    FBS: 8
    Pod A: Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Florida St., Toledo
    Pod B: Georgia St., Miami- OH, Michigan, Ohio St.
    Pod C: Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Georgia, Georgia Tech
    Pod D: Florida, Michigan St., Ohio, Western Michigan

    Appalachian Sun Conference
    BCS: 9
    FBS: 7
    Pod A: Akron, Kent St., Penn St., South Florida
    Pod B: Central Florida, Marshall, Pittsburgh, West Virginia
    Pod C: Old Dominion, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech
    Pod D: Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina- Charlotte, Wake Forest

    Costal Conference
    BCS: 9
    FBS: 7
    Pod A: Boston College, Florida Atlantic, UConn, UMass
    Pod B: Army, East Carolina, Florida International, Syracuse
    Pod C: Buffalo, North Carolina St., Rutgers, Temple
    Pod D: Duke, Maryland, Miami, Navy


    TV royalties: Dispersed evenly between every school. This levels the playing field for between the “haves and have nots” and would eventually elevate some of the lower tier FBS schools to a more equal footing.

    Scheduling: Twelve game season with nine conference games. Each team would play the three other teams in their Pod annually. I tried to break each Pod into two BCS schools and two lower tier schools. Each school would play two of the schools in each of the other three Pods in their conference in a home and away series. This would alternate with the other schools every two years. Non-conference games would be scheduled by a committee headed by the commissioner. Since the “cupcake games” would be scheduled into the conference games, the committee would be charged with matching schools of similar stature with their peers from the other conferences (ex. Oregon-Alabama, Sam Houston St.-Georgia St.).

    Playoffs: Top four teams from each conference based on selection by a playoff committee. While there are certainly conferences that would be stronger than others on a given year (The Western Conference and the Midwestern Conference would be tough in this case), a selection committee provides the fairest way to select the best teams. First two rounds hosted on campus, quarter and semi-finals hosted at former mid-tier bowls (Holiday, Capital One, Gator, Cotton, etc) with the national championship rotated between the Cotton, Sugar, Rose, Orange and Fiesta.

    Yep, it will never happen because CFB has become nothing but AD’s chasing money. However, it would make the game more interesting. Flame away, CFers!
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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    Interesting



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    You put some real powerhouses in our pod, lol.


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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    You put some real powerhouses in our pod, lol.
    Haha, yeah. It was more for ease of travel and that everyone in our conference would have at least 2 Texas/OK games a year.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    I wouldn't mind this at all actually. Pretty cool.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    Equal revenue sharing amongst 125 schools? No way this will ever happen. 64 teams split into a more geographic divisions? Doubt that too but would be preferred over the non sense that is happening now. I know we are feeling better about the big 12 now and all but the big ten power grab makes me nervous. The PAC 12 already showed their cards and preference. The ACC isn't just going to accept defeat. Time for the big 12 to do something. I don't buy the we are happy at 10 bit



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    No offense, but I don't see one "Pod" thats entertaining. I'd find college football to be extremely boring and all of the hard work and years of winning that the "big time teams" have accomplished would be shredded to zip, notta, nothing because of equal revenue sharing. Theres nothing wrong with having powerhouse teams, and teams that aren't so "powerhouse" because thats what fan support, donating money, great coaching, etc. gives you. I don't want Sam Houston State of North Texas to be on the "same level" as Oregon, Alabama, USC, etc. Why so socialist? College football is a capitalist ideology and thats how it should stay. Equality would make college football very boring. My 2 cents.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    I've done something similar before. It's certainly an interesting idea. I pray that at some point we will get a 16 team playoff and that will essentially end the conference realignment.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    Quote Originally Posted by GoSTATE71 View Post
    No offense, but I don't see one "Pod" thats entertaining. I'd find college football to be extremely boring and all of the hard work and years of winning that the "big time teams" have accomplished would be shredded to zip, notta, nothing because of equal revenue sharing. Theres nothing wrong with having powerhouse teams, and teams that aren't so "powerhouse" because thats what fan support, donating money, great coaching, etc. gives you. I don't want Sam Houston State of North Texas to be on the "same level" as Oregon, Alabama, USC, etc. Why so socialist? College football is a capitalist ideology and thats how it should stay. Equality would make college football very boring. My 2 cents.
    Probably because he's a godless commie and wants to undermine everything that is right and good about America. OR he's not thinking about politics but actually thinking about ways to resolve some of the issues that cause a lot of frustration for us fans of the game.

    Great work Mr. Rebuilder! I would love to see this come to pass. Thank you for sharing.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    I've done something similar before. It's certainly an interesting idea. I pray that at some point we will get a 16 team playoff and that will essentially end the conference realignment.
    I think I remember seeing that. Did you post that here sometime last year before football season started? Can you tell me where I can find it or can you repost it here? I like seeing ideas for alternatives to what we have now. It infuriates me to no end how if you lose 1 game before November, you can play in the NC, but if you lose in November, you are a worthless loser and a fraud and have no business playing in a BCS game.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    I like maps! that is all.....seriously I really do love maps.



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    Re: My Fix for College Football

    I think separating conference alignment for football from other sports is a great idea.



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