66 Team Football Super Conference & 8 Team Playoff (Coming Soon!)

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Imagine all of the exciting games during the year. No more Savannah State or Southwest Missouri State games. OSU's two non-divisional games could be rivalry games with teams like Missouri, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Nebraska, etc. each year.

LEAGUE RULES
* teams only get to play 12 games per year (10 in division + 2 other divisions)
* must play 2 rivalry games from another division, one to begin the season and one to end the season
* automatic playoff bid if a team wins their division (but must be ranked in the top 15)
* first round of playoffs start Thanksgiving weekend with top 4 teams getting home field advantage
* semifinal round played on Christmas
* championship game played on New Years Day

LEAGUE SETUP
- create a new NCAA division with 1 conference of 66 teams (no more cupcake games)
- negotiate a massive TV contract for the new conference for all 66 teams (larger payouts than NFL deal plus their own network)
- 6 regions with 11 teams in each
- teams play 10 games (5 home + 5 away) from their division
- teams must also play 2 rivalry games OR games from teams in other divisions (but must be 1 home + 1 away) calculated and setup by computers that will match similar strength teams from a pool:
+ pool A teams with 12-9 wins previous year (only for teams without a rivalry game in another division)
+ pool B teams with 8-5 wins previous year (only for teams without a rivalry game in another division)
+ pool C teams with 4-1 wins previous year (only for teams without a rivalry game in another division)
- at the end of each year, the lowest rated team from each division (averaged over a 2 year period) must move down to a lower division and are replaced by the top 6 teams from the lower levels (like the European professional soccer leagues). However, certain blue blood programs would protected from this (with probably around 20-25 teams protected). All of the other division 1 teams not in this new league would create another 66 team league with new additions from some lower level schools to round out the league
- use old BCS formulas to rank teams after 3 weeks of games
- first and last games of the year are non division games / rivalry games
- each of the 6 division winners get an automatic playoff birth if ranked in top 15, but if divisions do not have a team meeting this criteria they do not get a representative
- the last 2 teams for the 8 team playoff are the highest ranked BCS teams available (much like the NFL wildcard spots but regardless of divisions)
- the top 4 teams play a home game to start the first round of the playoffs

Who would your 66 teams be? Here's my stab at the new 66 team NCAA division, conference, and league. All teams in RED are fringe schools and could be replaced by other RED fringe schools. This would be my personal favorite with the best "name" schools, history of the service academies, and geographical locations taken into consideration.

NORTHWEST
USC
UCLA
Stanford
California
Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Boise State
Utah
BYU

SOUTHWEST
OU
Oklahoma State
Nebraska
Kansas State
Arizona
Arizona State
TCU
Texas Tech
Houston (TX)
Colorado
Air Force (CO)

SOUTH CENTRAL
Texas
Texas A&M
Baylor
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Louisville
Kentucky
Arkansas
Missouri
Tennessee
Memphis

SOUTHEAST
Alabama
Auburn
Florida
Florida State
Miami
UCF (FL)
LSU
Georgia
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
Duke (NC)

NORTHEAST
Ohio State
Penn State
Pittsburgh
Clemson
South Carolina
West Virginia
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Syracuse
Army (NY)
Navy (MD)


NORTH CENTRAL
Michigan
Michigan State
Notre Dame
Indiana
Purdue
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Iowa State
Illinois
Cincinnati (OH)

FRINGE SCHOOLS
Kansas (KS)
Vanderbilt (TN)
NC State (NC)
Maryland (MD)
Northwestern (IL)
Boston College (MA)
Wake Forest (NC)
Connecticut (CT)
Fresno State (CA)
 
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Here are some more possible options.

NW DIVISION

Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
California
Boise State
Utah
BYU
Colorado
Air Force (CO)

SW DIVISION
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
USC
UCLA
Arizona
Arizona State
Nebraska
Iowa
Iowa State
Kansas State
Kansas (KS)

SOUTH DIVISION
Texas
Baylor
TCU
OU
Oklahoma State
Tennessee
Missouri
Memphis
Arkansas
Mississippi
Mississippi State

SE DIVISION
Alabama
Auburn
Florida State
Miami
Florida
LSU
Georgia
Georgia Tech
South Carolina
Clemson
Duke (NC)

NE DIVISION
Ohio State
Penn State
Pittsburgh
West Virginia
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Syracuse
North Carolina
NC State (NC)
Army (NY)
Navy (MD)


NORTH DIVISION
Notre Dame
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Purdue
Louisville
Kentucky
Cincinnati (OH)

FRINGE SCHOOLS
Maryland (MD)
Vanderbilt (TN)
Northwestern (IL)
Boston College (MA)
Wake Forest (NC)
Connecticut (CT)
Houston (TX)
UCF (FL)
Fresno State (CA)


If this realignment and new NCAA division were to occur, this is probably the most likely scenario so the lower level teams in the bigger conferences still make it.

NORTHWEST
USC
UCLA
Stanford
California
Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Boise State
Utah
BYU

SOUTHWEST
OU
Oklahoma State
TCU
Texas Tech
Baylor
Nebraska
Colorado
Arizona
Arizona State
Kansas State
Kansas (KS)

SOUTH CENTRAL
Texas
Texas A&M
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Louisville
Kentucky
Arkansas
Missouri
Tennessee
Memphis
Vanderbilt (TN)

SOUTHEAST
Alabama
Auburn
Florida
Florida State
Miami
LSU
Georgia
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
NC State (NC)
Duke (NC)


NORTHEAST
Ohio State
Penn State
Pittsburgh
Clemson
South Carolina
West Virginia
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Syracuse
Maryland (MD)
Boston College (MA)


NORTH CENTRAL
Notre Dame
Michigan
Michigan State
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Indiana
Purdue
Iowa
Iowa State
Illinois
Northwestern (IL)

FRINGE SCHOOLS
Wake Forest (NC)
Connecticut (CT)
Fresno State (CA)
Houston (TX)
UCF (FL)
Cincinnati (OH)
Air Force (CO)
Army (NY)
Navy (MD)
 

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