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Pac-12 divisions announced

Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 11:56 am
 

The new Pac-12 divisional alignment is expected to be announced by commissioner Larry Scott during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

USC AD Pat Haden may have revealed the alignment speaking last week to a Trojan booster group. Haden reportedly told the boosters that the divisions would be split along what seem to be north-south lines. In one division would be Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Cal. In the other division: USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah.

There is no word on the conference scheduling alignment. The SEC uses a 5-2-1, eight-game conference schedule with one designated rival from the opposite division. The Big Ten adopted the same scheduling model beginning in 2011. It will eventually go to a nine-game conference schedule. The Pac-12 is expected to stay with its current nine-game conference schedule when it splits into divisions next season.

The conference is still determining the location of the conference championship game. Scott will speak at 2:30 pm ET in San Francisco.

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

The way Colorado is playing lately, their games in the PAC 10 might be considered free wins.


As if the Pac-12 will not be enough of an uphill battle for Colorado, the Buffs play Ohio St in Columbus in September.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

Obviously the Pac-10/12 is geogrpahically challenged.  Boulder and Ogden are farther north than Palo Alto and Berkeley.

Put Utah and Colorado in the north and move Cal and Stanford to the south and it works much better.

1) Utah is in Salt Lake, not Ogden.

2) Although these 2 slightly more north than the Bay Area teams, the proximity is much closer
    to Tempe, Tucson, & LA, than Pullman, Seattle, Eugene, & Corvallis.

Perhaps East/West, or something else may be more appropriate, although not perfect...



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

As one that is oppose to this PAC-10/12 expansion and sec and big-12 copy cat expansion I suppose they did the best that was possible in order to attract the big money and TV package.

I personally wish SC would go independent and play whom ever they like as oppose to this money grabbing look alike system that is spreading over the land.

When football was simpler, a family, students and fans could afford to attend the games, with the goal of going to a bowl game with the winner declaring themselves #1 no matter the outcome. The season was fun and exciting.

We would argue the entire year about the game and look with expectation toward the coming season being bowl game winners. Even if you lost the bowl game, you could always say last season we went bowling. That was good for the school, good for the team and excellent for recruiting.

Now all everyone want, is to start a playoff system get rid of the bowl games, or make them irreverent. A playoff would make everyone except the winner a loser. Now the team can not say they were in a bowl game, thus making recruiting more difficult as players would want to attend a winning school

Those that want a playoff should take a look at the current basketball playoff. The basketball playoff started with about 8-16 teams entering the playoffs. There were so many excellent teams left that there, at one time was another playoff series

The NCAA tournament has expanded a number of times throughout its history. This is a breakdown of the history of the tournament format:

1939–1950: eight teams
1951–1952: 16 teams
1953–1974: varied between 22 and 25 teams
1975–1978: 32 teams
1979: 40 teams
1980–1982: 48 teams
1983: 52 teams (four play-in games before the tournament)
1984: 53 teams (five play-in games before the tournament)
1985–2000: 64 teams
2001–2010: 65 teams (with an opening round game to determine whether the 64th or 65th team plays in the first round)
2011-future: 68 teams (four play-in games before the tournament, the nominal first round)

If you don’t thing that playing a college football championship playoff would not expand over the years to a 32 team playoff has their head buried in the sand as bubble teams would complain and would be added, after which any excuse would add additional teams to the playoff  foolish reasons. “Like even though they are 8-3 they played a tough schedule. Therefore we deserve a shot at the championship tournament.”

So let’s call this as it is. These conference expansions are not about the athletic, fan, students or alum, it is about attracting TV revenue, a conference championship extra game and most of all money.  

It makes no sense for these expansions as the natural rivals, natural boundaries are obscured, incurring further travel making it almost impossible for the average fan, family or student to make the away games.

Now you add a championship game which could virtually be an away game depending on where it is played, students, fans, alum and families might not be able to get away for this game.


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

And I posted before I spell-checked. Sheesh! Embarassed



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

Obviously the Pac-10/12 is geogrpahically challenged.  Boulder and Ogden are farther north than Palo Alto and Berkeley.

Put Utah and Colorado in the north and move Cal and Stanford to the south and it works much better.

Then rotate the conference title game between Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:25 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

That just looks so weird to me.  Colorado and Utah in the pac-10 ?  lol

Pac-12 is gonna be the toughest conference in the league hands down next year.  USC will be a front runner again, Oregon State will be just sick next year, Arizona State is looking good again, Stanford will be scary, Utah is making a name for itself.  I just hope all this talent stays in school for another year or so before becoming instant millionaires.  But if there is a lockout next year for the NFL that would make next year's college football season unbelievable.  An amazing amount of talent all over the country.  Can't wait.



Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Pac-12 divisions announced

The new Pac-12 divisional alignment is expected to be announced by commissioner Larry Scott during a Thursday afternoon press conference. USC AD Pat Haden may have revealed the alignment speaking last week to a Trojan booster group. Haden reportedly told the boosters that the divisions would be split along what seem to be north-south lines. In one division would be Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Cal. In the other division: USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah. There is no word on the conference scheduling alignment. The SEC uses a 5-2-1, eight-game conference schedule with one designated rival from the opposite division. The Big Ten adopted the same scheduling model beginning in 2011. It will eventually go to a nine-game conference schedule. The Pac-12 is expected to stay with its current nine-game conference schedule when it splits into divisions next season. The conference is still determining the location of the conference championship game. Scott will speak at 2:30 pm ET in San Francisco.

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 That seems to be a great setup but something seems to be out of place. Who will be Utah's and Colorado's rivalry in the other side of the conference? Utah cancelled their three games with Boise State to keep their rivalry game going with BYU. The way Colorado is playing lately, their games in the PAC 10 might be considered free wins.

 



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