I had a thought during the thread on the Losing A&M Gaining TCU: In Pictures post, but you all ignored it. Now I'm going to make it a FanPost so I can feel twice the ignored-ness (ignorance?). I think this could be a fun discussion, but if I'm wrong so be it.
I keep hearing people say things like 'when we get Louisville and BYU they will be in the North Division'. We should start a movement to forget about North/South Divisions completely. When I shared my ideas with a gooner buddy of mine he shrugged it off and said it's inevitable that it will end up OU, OSU and the 4 texas schools in the South, and everyone else in the North.
I’m hoping if/when it gets to 12 teams it won’t be a North/South division. East/West would be tough to draw the line. Why not create something arbitrary like Division A: OU, UT, OSU, Baylor, ISU, new team A Division B: Missery, TCU, TTech, KU, KSU, new team B? Nothing says it has to be North/South right? I would keep OU, OSU, UT together for rivalries. KU, KSU, Missouri likewise. Split the rest as equitably as possible. Call Division A the Scorpion Division, B can be Cobra Division.
Basically, I don't want to go back to seeing our division winner play in the Big12 Championship against a team that would be 4th in our division. And I hate the idea that the Big12 should use a weak North Division as a recruiting tool to lure new teams/keep Mizzou. "Hey Mizzou why would you go get less relevant in the SEC when you'll have an easy road to the Conference Championship game in this weak North Division with Boise St, Air Force, and all the other teams you've been beating the last few years?" Ugh.
What do you think? If you could make the divisions up however you wanted how would you divide them? Assume Mizzou stays and TCU, BYU (or new team A), and Louisville (or new team B) fill out the 12. Be creative, draw up the 2 or 4 (or 12 if you're drunk) divisions with no rules. What would the divisions be called? If you are like my gooner buddy and you'd rather resign to the inevitability of North/South divisions that pretty much look like the old Big12, please tell me why you think it HAS TO end up that way.
Or ignore the idea. Again. I enjoy talking to myself anyway.