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Written by Jeff   
Saturday, 12 June 2010 09:12
Of course we all know the answer to the question why, begins & ends with money. I get it, and it's easy for me to say, leave all that money on the table and don't go after it. But it bothers me that universities and their leaders always preach all this bullshit about academics & caring about the true student athlete. Give me a break. It wouldn't bother me so much if they weren't so two-faced about it.

I for one am not excited about all of this expansion. I think it's a bad idea and it's going to have a negative long-term effect on the popularity of college football. Having said that, I've always wanted the Big Ten (11), Pac-10, Big East & Mountain West to add more teams & get up to 12 teams each. But I think 14-16 teams in a conference is fundamentally too many for college football. But of course, b/c it's all about the money, it looks like it's an inevitability.

So far, the first two moves have been Nebraska to the Big Ten (now 12) and Colorado to the Pac-10. Before Colorado went to the Pac-10, I think the scenario that would have made the most sense is this:

The SEC & ACC stay the same (they obviously both already have 12 teams).  With the addition of Nebraska, the Big Ten now has 12 teams, so they are set. What I hoped would have happened, but I knew it wouldn't, is for the Big 12 to add TCU to replace Nebraska, getting them back to 12 teams. Then, the Pac-10 could add Boise State & Utah to get to 12. And the Big East could add Notre Dame & three other schools (like UCF, Navy, East Carolina, etc) and reach 12 teams. I think that scenario would have been great. I think having seven, 12 team conferences would have been a better step in the right direction, and possibly get us closer to a playoff. That's my one caveat with all of this. If all this expansion & creation of super conferences eventually gets us a playoff, then I am all for it. But I'm not holding my breath.

So, since the greedy-ass college presidents are hell-bent on creating super conferences, and for now there's no playoff in sight, this is how I hope it goes.

- The Big Ten, in addition to Nebraska, would add Notre Dame and 3 more teams from the Big 12 & Big East to reach 16 teams.
- The Pac-10, in addition to Colorado, would add 5 more teams from the Big 12 to reach 16 teams (which from the looks of it, will be Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech & possibly Texas A&M). Although, there's word that Texas A&M is more interested in joining the SEC. So we'll see how this plays out.
- The remaining Big 12 would merge with the Mountain West, which now has Boise State, & a few more WAC teams to reach 16.
- The SEC would take FSU, Miami, Clemson & Georgia Tech from the ACC to reach 16.
- The remaining ACC would merge with the remaining Big East, plus possibly a team from Conference USA (in this scenario, UCF).

So we'd have five, 16 team conferences. Here's how it would look:

The new "Big Ten"
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa State
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska

Northwestern
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

The new "Pac-10"
Arizona
Arizona State
California
Colorado
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State

Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

UCLA
USC
Washington
Washington State

The new "Big 12/MWC"
Air Force
Baylor
Boise State
Brigham Young
Colorado State
Fresno State
Houston

Kansas
Kansas State
New Mexico
New Mexico State
San Diego State
TCU
UNLV
Utah
Wyoming


The new "SEC"
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Clemson
Florida
Florida State
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Kentucky
LSU
Miami
Mississippi
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbilt

The new "ACC/Big East"
Boston College
Cincinnati
Connecticut

Duke
Louisville
Maryland
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Pittsburgh
South Florida
Syracuse
UCF

Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
West Virginia

I know there's no way in hell it's going to go like this. There is so much more that has to play out. In the end, I'm a huge fan of college football, and that's not going to change. But I sincerely think this period of change will be looked back upon as a really bad decision. It's obvious what the biggest problem with college football is the BCS & lack of a playoff. But of course, that's not what they are focusing on. We'll see how this all shakes out. Whether we like it or not, it's happening. And I must admit, even though I'm not happy about it, all of this change is interesting as hell.
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