Stampede Blue saves College Football

Conference re-alignment is a hot topic around the college football world and the issue generated a lot of buzz in the current open thread.

Here is the plan to save college football from the Stampede Blue open threads (big tip to Colts Homer).

  • Four 16 team conferences
  • 8 team divisions
  • Schedule is a round robin in division plus 2 teams from the other division and 3 non-conference games with no 1-AA games allowed and 1 game has to be against another big conference school (sorry SEC).
  • Title games in each conference
  • Plus 1 to the bowl system 

This gives what is in effect, a 8 team playoff between the winner of each 8 team division.

So mashing 6 conferences into 4 is the messy part.  Here's my proposal (with special thanks to mgrex, diagenesis and Lovin Blue for tweaks/ideas) right after the jump.

B10 (Midwest)

West: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri
East: Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Pitt

Pac10 (Pacific)

West: USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon St. Washington, Colorado
East: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, BYU, TCU

SEC (South)

East: Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, So. Carolina, Tennessee
West: Bama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Miss St.

ACC/Big East (Atlantic)

South: Duke, UNC, NCSt. Wake, Virgina, VT, Miami, So. Florida
North: BC, Cincy, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland


Added to major conferences: Notre Dame TCU, BYU, Utah.

Dropped from major conferences: Iowa State, Kansas State, Washington State, Baylor, Vanderbilt.


and Colts Homer has drawn up his own proposal for a football-only regional arrangement.

East (Warner) Region

North: UConn, Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Louisville, Maryland

South: Miami, Florida, Florida State, USF, Duke, NC State, UNC, Wake Forest

North (Rockne) Region

East: Cincinnati, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois

West: Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri

South (Bryant) Region

East: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson

West: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee

West (Stagg) Region

North, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, BYU, Boise State, Colorado

South, USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State


Added to major conferences: Utah, BYU, Boise, Notre Dame

Dropped from major conferences: Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Baylor, Northwestern, Miss St.

So, college football saved?  Not so big on this route?  Don't think the sport even needs saving?  Let's hear it.

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