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College Football Restructure

Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:24 am
Edited on: March 15, 2010 8:24 pm
I basically started from scratch. I took all the BCS teams, plus, Notre Dame, TCU, Boise State, BYU, Utah, ECU and UCF. I had to add ECU and UCF to make it an even 72 teams and they were the best choices geographically. So I split those teams up into 6 conferences of 12 teams. Those would obviously be the 6 new power conferences. Which would get automatic bid to the playoffs. I took the rest of the teams and split them up into 4 conferences of 12 teams. I'll explain how they fit into the playoff/bowl system at the end. When sorting out the conferences, I did my best to keep big rivalries intact. (i.e. Ohio State/Michigan, Texas/Oklahoma)  

Power Conferences

Northeastern Conference
Syracuse, UConn, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Boston College, Penn State
Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio State

Mid-Atlantic Conference
Rutgers, Maryland, West Virginia, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech
NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, Kentucky

Southeastern Conference
Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida, South Carolina, UCF, Clemson
Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, South Florida, Georgia

Mississippi River Valley Conference
(I know, it's a mouthful)
Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota
Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

Central Conference
Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, BYU
Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU

Pacific Coast Conference
Utah, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Boise State
Stanford, UCLA, USC, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State

Mid-Major Conferences

Great Lakes Conference
Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo, Buffalo
Northern Illinois, Ball State, Miami (Oh), Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan

Western States Conference
Air Force, Colorado State, Idaho, Nevada, Utah State, Wyoming
San Diego State, UNLV, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, San Jose State

Eastern States Conference
Army, Navy, Marshall, Memphis, Temple, Western Kentucky
Southern Miss, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Troy, UAB, Middle Tennessee State

Gulf Coast Conference
Tulane, Arkansas State, Rice, La-Lafayette, La-Monroe, La-Tech
New Mexico State, UTEP, North Texas, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Houston

Season Format

Go back to the 11 game season.  Each team get one bye week during the regular season. 8 team playoff at the end of the season. Each power conference champion gets and automatic bid to the playoff. The remaining 2 slots in the playoff will be filled by the 2 highest ranked undefeated mid-majors. If there are no undefeated mid-majors then the 2 open slots would be filled by the 2 highest ranked non-conference champs from the power conferences. The only way a mid-major team can get to the playoff is if they go undefeated.

All the post-season bowl games will still be played, except for the Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, Cotton and Gator, which would be part of the playoff. Any team with at least 6 wins is eligible for a bowl game. Here's where it gets a little confusing, the 4 mid-major conference champs get automatic bids to the FCS playoffs if they are not in the BCS playoff. They have the choice to take the bid to that playoff or decline it and go to a bowl game. The BCS National Championship Game would always be played on New Years Day. 

Using the 2010 Calender, this is how the season would play out.
  • September 4th: Opening Weekend
  • November 20th: Regular Season Ends
  • November 27th: Conference Championship Games (which are essentially the 1st round of the playoffs)
  • December 4th: Off week
  • December 11th: BCS Playoff Quarter-Finals
  • December 18th: BCS Playoff Semi-Finals
  • December 25th: Off week
  • New Years Day: BCS National Championship Game
Here's a link to the 2010 calender if you want a reference to look at


Playoff Format

Qu arter-Finals
1 vs. 8 - FedEx Orange Bowl, Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FL
4 vs. 5 - AT&T Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX
3 vs. 6 - Allstate Sugar Bowl, Superdome, New Orleans, LA
2 vs. 7 - Toyota Gator Bowl, Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, FL

1/8 vs. 4/5 - Rose Bowl pres. by Citi, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA
3/6 vs. 2/7 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, University of Pheonix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

BCS National Championship Game
1/4/5/8 vs. 2/3/6/7 - FedEx/Citi/Allstate/Tositos BCS National Championship Game, Rotating Site

I think this would be a great system if the NCAA and BCS we're to do some major restructuring. This would obviously not work because the current conferences would lose so much money along with a bunch of other reasons.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2009 10:18 pm

College Football Restructure

Dude I think the system you laid out there makes a lot of sense. And it really does simplify the process of finding a true national champ. The only thing it lacks is it does not have the confusing part in it. Therefore, it will never be accepted. The powers that be would like to keep the system screwed up the way it is to be able to manipulate teams to fit and facilitate the contents of their wallets. Now that being said, the system that was drawn up by "Mr. Analytical and Really Needs to Get Laid" would probably fly because it would still keep most of the college football fans just as confused then as we are now. "You" got my vote partner.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 6:10 pm

College Football Restructure

Wow what an incredible waste of time and energy. to think I clicked on this to see a novel approach to the horrible BCS nonsense we have now.  but I think I just read something that actually makes the BCS make sense........Dude do you over think everything in your life or just this? Jesus people its real simple - 16 team playoff.  thats 8 bcs games. then 4 then 2 then a national champion that makes the NC win it on the field. how do you do it? thats simple.  keep all the bowl games, all except the top 16.  they go into  a playoff system that starts the 2nd week of dec. the first weekend of jan would be NC game. why is this hard? the bowls would make the same amount of money as they always have for the teams not in the NC hunt.  The playoff would make waaaaaay more mony than the top bowls by themselves would. If congress actually steps in to help out it would be the first time in 20 years that congress would have done something that made sense.  get this done

Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 4:28 pm

College Football Restructure

"Lose so much money..." is the key to the whole thing. People think bowl games (or a playoff system) exist to determine the better team. Wrong. They exist to make money for the schools. The teams are chosen and have always been chosen by the attendance they could produce, not the best matchup. There are 30-something bowl games this year. That's revenue for 60-something programs. You've reduced that to 7. I think if you were starting from scratch, this could probably work but all of these programs were built based on revenue from the bowl system and require revenue from bowl games ( and that 12th game you eliminated) to carry on.

The only way this system gets overhauled is when a school like TCU,Boise State, Utah gets screwed out of a BCS payday and takes legal action. It's all about money and that's the only thing that will change it.

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