This is all that is being talked about it seems. Personally I believe that the best route to take in regards to conferences is to do what occurs in the Premier soccer league in England. What happens is there is the major league, in this case the BCS, which plays out it’s season. At the end of the season the bottom three are relegated to the Football League Championship which in turn promotes its top 2 teams while the 4 teams that finished next compete in a playoff for the final opening.
So for college football, it would work like this: say for arguments sake let’s say that these new power conferences occur. You have four 16 team BCS/Major conferences: The Big 16 (Big 10), Pac 16, ACC, and SEC. With what is left, create four 14-team Minor conferences and pair them with a BCS conference based on geography. At the end of the season, use a similar promotion/relegation system as in English Football, therefore the smaller schools have the opportunity to move up and play with the big boys. This would put so much more emphasis on performing well in the regular season. You could also instigate a playoff this way as well.
That scenario however is all fantasy. Unfortunately this is not just about making the best college football environment. It’s about academics, a bit about basketball, and most of all it is about the C.R.E.A.M. It does seem that Cash Rules Everything Around Me These days. SO here is realistically how I see this mess shaping up.
Big Ten – They have already taken on Nebraska. Jim Delaney is too money hungry for his own good, so I cant see him being able to resist going for Rutgers for the New York market so they will make the 13th team. And to even things out they will pick up Missouri who would jump on an invite. The Big Ten will stop at 14 leaving room for Notre Dame to join in 2015 at the latest. At that juncture they will add a 16th team, most likely, and hopefully, Pitt.
Pac 10 – after adding Colorado to squeeze out any chance of Baylor tagging along, the Pac will add Texas, TAMU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and OK State for an even 16. OK won’t split up that rivalry with Texas as that is a huge money making regular season game.
SEC – This is a bit more tricky. I think that they could legitimately snatch up ND if given the chance but that isn’t likely. The two most likely candidates for the SEC are Miami and Clemson. That would put the conference at 14. I’m not really sure who the other two schools would be if they wanted to expand to 16. Maybe Louisville? I’m sure they would find some teams chomping at the bit to join.
ACC – If the ACC loses Miami and Clemson then they will go up to a deteriorating Big East. They would snatch up the stragglers that don’t go to the Big Ten. This would make for a rather dull football conference but I would almost guarantee that they would account for over half of the Basketball Championships.
Big XII – It appears is going all over the place so it looks like the remaining teams (Kansas, K-State, Iowa St and Baylor) will more likely than not go to the Mt. West (or the Mt. West will join them). Either way they will campaign about being given an auto BCS bowl bid to their conference champ.
Big East – will be extinct.