MY BID FOR SUPER CONFERENCES & AN 8 TEAM COLLEGE FOOTBALL "PLAYOFF"

Tom Pennington

Practically speaking it would be a 16 team playoff, but the first round is really the conference finals.

The only problem with this whole thing is that there are an odd number of Division I football programs. Oh well.

I have divided the 125 current Div 1 teams, plus the 4 that will come on in 2015, into 8 super conferences. Screw the current conferences and such. Too much moving around, teams too far from each other.

Some of this will look traditional, some won't. I tried to keep it as regional as possible, as, IMO, proximity fosters rivalry and is conducive to travel for most games. Non-conference schedules could be regulated. Gotta play at least one game against a "primary" opponent and a "secondary" opponent from outside your conference, and one team from the opposite division of your conference. Suggestions?

How you would seed the conference champs, well, I'm not sure. You could offer ideas in the comments.

But the concept is simple and it pretty much amounts to a 16-team playoff.

Win your division, and you make it to the conference finals.

Win your conference, and you make it to the national bracket against the other champions.

No more committees, no more subjective bullshit. Win and your in. Maybe your seeding will depend on the previous years performance of your conference champion?

Obviously there are the power, or primary, conferences, as well as the minor, or secondary, conferences. The "secondary" leagues would always play either the #1, #2, or #3 seeded "primary conferences, unless one of those wins and advances? Then maybe their conference could move up in the annual seeding.

Here are the conferences as I have split them up...have fun!

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School
↓,↓
City
↓
State
Miami Coral Gables Florida
A1 Florida Gainesville Florida
Florida State Tallahassee Florida
South Florida Tampa Florida
Georgia Athens Georgia
Clemson Clemson South Carolina
South Carolina Columbia South Carolina


Georgia Tech Atlanta Georgia
A2 Auburn Auburn Alabama
Alabama Tuscaloosa Alabama
Ole Miss Oxford Mississippi
Mississippi State Starkville Mississippi
Southern Miss Hattiesburg Mississippi
LSU Baton Rouge Louisiana


Kansas Lawrence Kansas
B1 Kansas State Manhattan Kansas
Missouri Columbia Missouri
Nebraska Lincoln Nebraska
Oklahoma Norman Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Stillwater Oklahoma
Tulsa Tulsa Oklahoma


Arkansas Fayetteville Arkansas
B2 Texas Austin Texas
Texas A&M College Station Texas
TCU Fort Worth Texas
Houston Houston Texas
Texas Tech Lubbock Texas
Baylor Waco Texas


Oregon State Corvallis Oregon
C1 Oregon Eugene Oregon
Washington State Pullman Washington
Washington Seattle Washington
Stanford Palo Alto California
California Berkeley California
UCLA Los Angeles California
USC Los Angeles California


Boise State Boise Idaho
C2 Arizona State Tempe Arizona
Arizona Tucson Arizona
Utah State Logan Utah
BYU Provo Utah
Utah Salt Lake City Utah
Colorado Boulder Colorado
Colorado State Fort Collins Colorado


Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan
D1 Ohio State Columbus Ohio
Tennessee Knoxville Tennessee
Vanderbilt Nashville Tennessee
Kentucky Lexington Kentucky
Louisville Louisville Kentucky
Northwestern Evanston Illinois
Illinois Urbana-Champaign Illinois


Indiana Bloomington Indiana
D2 Notre Dame South Bend Indiana
Purdue West Lafayette Indiana
Iowa State Ames Iowa
Iowa Iowa City Iowa
Michigan State East Lansing Michigan
Minnesota Minneapolis-Saint Paul Minnesota
Wisconsin Madison Wisconsin


Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts
E1 Connecticut Storrs Connecticut
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Penn State University Park Pennsylvania
Syracuse Syracuse New York
Rutgers Piscataway New Jersey
Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio


West Virginia Morgantown West Virginia
E2 Maryland College Park Maryland
North Carolina Chapel Hill North Carolina
NC State Raleigh North Carolina
Wake Forest Winston-Salem North Carolina
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Virginia
Virginia Charlottesville Virginia


SECONDARY CONFERENCES
↓
School
↓,↓
City
↓
State
Georgia State Atlanta Georgia
F1 Navy Annapolis Maryland
Appalachian St Boone North Carolina
Duke Durham North Carolina
ECU Greenville North Carolina
Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina
Florida Atlantic Boca Raton Florida
FIU Miami Florida
UCF Orlando Florida


UAB Birmingham Alabama
F2 Troy Troy Alabama
Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette Louisiana
Louisiana-Monroe Monroe Louisiana
Georgia Southern Eagles Statesboro Georgia
Louisiana Tech Ruston Louisiana
South Alabama Mobile Alabama
Memphis Memphis Tennessee
Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro Tennessee


Buffalo Buffalo New York
Army West Point New York
G1 Temple Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Marshall Huntington West Virginia
Old Dominion Monarchs Norfolk Virginia
Northern Illinois DeKalb Illinois
Ball State Muncie Indiana
Kent State Kent Ohio
Umass Amherst Massachusetts


Ohio Athens Ohio
Bowling Green Bowling Green Ohio
G2 Miami University Oxford Ohio
Toledo Toledo Ohio
Akron Akron Ohio
Western Kentucky Bowling Green Kentucky
Western Michigan Kalamazoo Michigan
Central Michigan Mount Pleasant Michigan
Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti Michigan


Idaho Moscow Idaho
UNLV Las Vegas Nevada
H1 Nevada Reno Nevada
San Diego State San Diego California
San Jose State San José California
Fresno State Fresno California
Hawaii Honolulu Hawaii
Air Force Colorado Springs Colorado
Wyoming Laramie Wyoming


Texas State Bobcats San Marcos Texas
New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico
H2 New Mexico State Las Cruces New Mexico
Tulane New Orleans Louisiana
North Texas Denton Texas
UTSA San Antonio Texas
UTEP El Paso Texas
SMU University Park Texas
Rice Houston Texas
Arkansas State Jonesboro Arkansas

This is just my idea, but I think this would have the chance to blow up on an epic scale. Maybe I'm wrong.

I welcome your thoughts.

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