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    If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    Here's a great way it could be done. Six 12 team "major" conferences with guaranteed bids. The other two BCS bids would go (one each) to the WAC and the MAC, which would essentially be 22 team conferences (each with two self contained divisions of 11 teams). This would be the 8 playoff slots. The 7th and 8th seeds would be reserved for the MAC and WAC winners and a panel would seed the other 6 conference champions. From there, its a straight 3 game playoff to a national champion. The beauty of this is that it puts every single Division 1 school in a BCS conference and sets up nicely for a playoff. Yes, its never going to happen but its fun to speculate what a rational alignment scheme might look like. Even without a playoff system, this setup would work well by making every team BCS eligilbe...right down to lowly Louisiana Monroe!

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    Big Ten
    (12 Teams)
    West
    Iowa
    Michigan
    Nebraska
    Minnesota
    Michigan State
    Wisconsin
    East
    Penn State
    Ohio State
    Purdue
    Indiana
    Illinois
    Northwestern


    Big 12 (12 Teams)
    South
    Oklahoma
    Texas
    Oklahoma State
    Texas Tech
    Texas A&M
    Baylor
    North
    Kansas
    Kansas State
    Iowa State
    Missouri
    BYU
    Louisville


    Big East (14 Teams - Old Big East + Conf USA remnants)
    Northeast
    Pittsburgh
    Connecticut
    Notre Dame
    Syracuse
    Boston College
    Rutgers
    Southeast
    West Virginia
    UAB
    Maryland
    UCF
    South Florida
    Southern Miss


    ACC(12 Teams)
    North
    Virginia Tech
    North Carolina
    North Carolina State
    Virginia
    Duke
    East Carolina
    South
    Florida State
    Miami
    Georgia Tech
    Clemson
    Florida Atlantic
    Wake Forest


    SEC (12 Teams)
    East
    Tennessee
    Florida
    Georgia
    Vanderbilt
    Kentucky
    South Carolina
    West
    Arkansas
    Alabama
    LSU
    Mississippi
    Mississippi State
    Auburn


    Pac 10 (12 Teams)
    North
    Oregon
    Oregon State
    Washington
    Washington State
    Stanford
    Utah
    South
    California
    USC
    UCLA
    Arizona
    Arizona State
    Colorado


    WAC (22 Teams) (Winner of championship game gets BCS bid)
    Mountain West (self contained division)
    Boise State
    Nevada
    UNLV
    Idaho
    Wyoming
    Colorado State
    San Diego State
    Utah State
    Fresno State
    San Jose State
    Hawaii
    Southwest (self contained division)
    UTEP
    TCU
    North Texas
    Houston
    New Mexico State
    Rice
    SMU
    Troy
    Louisiana Lafayette
    Tulane
    New Mexico


    MAC (22 Teams) (Winner of Championship game gets BCS bid)
    Northeast (self contained division)
    Akron
    Ball State
    Buffalo
    Central Michigan
    Western Michigan
    Eastern Michigan
    Navy
    Army
    Air Force
    Toledo
    Cincinnati
    Mideast (self contained division)
    Bowling Green
    Kent State
    Miami (oh)
    Ohio
    Temple
    Western Kentucky
    Louisiana Monroe
    Louisiana Tech
    Arkansas State
    Northern Illinois
    Memphis


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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    Lots of problems with this, starting with you left out Colorado.



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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    I'm an idiot.



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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mesaclone1 View Post
    ACC(12 Teams)
    North
    Virginia Tech
    North Carolina
    North Carolina State
    Virginia
    Duke
    East Carolina
    South
    Florida State
    Miami
    Georgia Tech
    Clemson
    Florida Atlantic
    Wake Forest
    Why don't you just leave the ACC divisions like they are currently?

    Atlantic Division:
    BC, Clemson, FSU, Maryland, NC State, Wake Forest

    Coastal Division:
    Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miama, UVA, UNC, Duke

    And I don't see any reason why Boston College or Maryland would allow themselves to be forced out of the ACC. And I also don't understand why the ACC would allow the loss of Boston College and Maryland (a founding ACC member by the way) to be replaced by Florida Atlantic and ECU.



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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    Quote Originally Posted by nrg4isu View Post
    Lots of problems with this, starting with you left out Colorado.
    Fixed the Colorado omission.



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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    I would imagine that if the Big 12 went back to 12 teams that they would probably split up Texass and OK between the divisions. Otherwise the power is really weighted to the south with the Bugeaters now gone.

    Also, distance would be a problem with Louisville and BYU together in the same conference. Louisville to Salt Lake City is a 25 hour drive according to Google Maps. I don't see that happening for Olympic Sports purposes.



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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    If the NCAA were to align conferences??? The NCAA has no power at all to do this. They are only the governing body and nothing more.

    The NCAA is worried about Mega Conferences forming and dumping the NCAA and starting their own "League"



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    Re: If the NCAA were to align the conferences...setup for a playoff system.

    Do you also sketch out the plans for the house that you and Scarlett Johannssen will buy, and the names of your five kids together?




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