Monday, May 11, 2009
Last Monday, I ran a piece on who should be the 12th team in the Big Ten if they ever decide to un-fuck the conference. Unfortunately, commissioner Jim Delaney is a complete idiot. He's like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas when you think of it. He tries not to, but he completely ruins a good thing...just like Liotta's God awful acting in that movie. Gary Coleman would have been a more believable Henry Hill.
Anyway, I've taken the time to slot every college football conference in a way to set up divisions in each league and will, in turn, give us a true conference champion in each. We've done away with independent teams and, hell, we even got rid of a conference altogether. Now, I'm not doing away with the BCS because it's fine the way that it is. My goal is to streamline it and make the process easier. First of all, the big 6 conferences maintain their status and their champion will still go and get the big bucks. The Notre Dame exception is gone as it should be. There will be a guaranteed "little guy" every year which will be determined by a 4 team tournament in December featuring the winners of the MAC, Sun Belt, C-USA, and the newly formed MWAC. The remaining 3 slots will be for the best at-large teams (the Big Ten will not be eligible for an at-large birth until they prove that they can compete every year).
The new Big Ten: Cincinnati is in
East - Penn St., Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Indiana
West - Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue
The new Big East: Notre Dame is in, Temple and Navy are in for football only
East - Rutgers, UConn, USF, Navy, Temple
West - Notre Dame, Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh
The new Pac-10: Utah and Boise State are in
North - Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Boise St.
South - Cal, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State
The new Big 12: TCU and BYU are in, Baylor and Iowa State are out
North - Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado, Missouri, BYU
South - Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
The new SEC and ACC: Switch Florida State to the SEC and South Carolina to the ACC and everything else remains the same
The new Sun Belt: Louisiana Tech and Baylor are in
Break it up however they want to with: LT, Baylor, Troy, Lafayette, FAU, FIU, Arkansas State, MTSU, La-Monroe, North Texas
The new Conference USA: Iowa State and Army are in
East - East Carolina, Memphis, Army, Southern Miss, Marshall, UCF, UAB
West - Houston, Tulsa, Rice, UTEP, Tulane, SMU, and Iowa State
The new MAC: Temple out and Western Kentucky in for all sports; they would replace Temple in the East while offering a bid to Southern Illinois to join the conference full-time for all sports in the West eventually
The brand Mountain Western Athletic Conference: a combination of the remaining MWC and WAC teams not scooped up by the Pac-10 and Big 12. Idaho has been kicked out of division 1 due to being terrible.
North - Wyoming, Utah St, Colorado State, Air Force, Fresno State, San Jose St
South - New Mexico, New Mexico State, UNLV, Nevada, Hawaii, San Diego State
This makes sense to me. It gives each conference a true champion which would make the BCS bowl matchups legit with the teams that actually deserve to be there. Was it fun to take teams out of their conferences and placing them in lesser leagues? Of course it was. If you aren't going to make an effort to compete with your peers, get the fuck out. That is one aspect of the Euro soccer leagues that I respect. If you suck, you get moved down a division until you prove that you are ready to play. Let me know what you think as I firmly believe that this setup would put the "power" back into the term power conferences.