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What do you guys think about this?
Now that conference realignment has come to a stop -- for now -- and there's a playoff in place, it's time for everyone to move on to the new Next Big Thing in college football. And it seems that Next Big Thing involves the five power conferences breaking away from the NCAA in some fashion.
It's an idea Alabama coach Nick Saban seems to be behind given his answer to a question about the Big Ten saying it's no longer going to schedule FCS opponents. Saban not only likes the idea, but he'd take it a step further.
"I'm for five conferences – everybody playing everybody in those five conferences," Saban told AL.com . "That's what I'm for, so it might be 70 teams, and everybody's got to play 'em."
Saban also went on to say that he's in favor of the SEC adding a ninth conference game for the fans.
"Don't they want to see good games and all that?"
Getting back to his idea about the conferences, though, it's not all that different than the idea I've had for years. I've felt that the power schools of college football should break off into four separate conferences of 16 schools apiece. The length of the regular season is up for debate, but each conference only plays schools from within its own conference and at the end of the regular seasons the top four teams in each conference move on to the postseason.
Then each conference has it's own four-team playoff with the winner advancing to the a four-team playoff of the conference winners. It's a 16-team playoff that doesn't involve a selection committee with clearly-defined qualification standards.
I've always felt it was a pipe-dream, but, then again, I used to think a four-team playoff was as well.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says he'd prefer a system in which the schools from five conferences only played schools from those same five conferences.
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8 conferences...8 conf champ games...conf champs make up the 8-team playoff
& ND is forced to join a conf
I think five conferences is a lot more realistic than four.
People just got stuck on this nice balanced frame work of 64 teams, 16 team conferences, four conferences. There's no good reason for it to be that way. MLB, NBA, etc., are able to hold their championships with odd numbers of divisions. Why not college football?
We're at 63 teams across 5 "major" conferences right now. Add a 64th team (to get the ACC to 14 teams), and exclude ND from any calculation (making them the de facto 65th team without any conference affiliation required...it's ND). The only thin missing is that it's 64 teams across 5 conferences, instead of 4.
Perhaps you can make it a "de facto" 4 conference by a scheduling alliance amongst certain conferences that don't have the symmetry that the biggest 3 conferences (Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten). Could there be a scheduling alliance and joint championship-game between the ACC and Big XII? Who knows...
I do think that Saban's comments should be taken as Saban advocating whatever is best for Saban / Alabama, and with the brand cache and recruiting advantages that gives the SEC / Alabama currently possesses, why would Saban want anything other than the status quo? I don't blame him.
I think I would be for 4 20 team conferences broken out geographically. It would be essentially 8 10 man leagues. The winners of the "divisions" meet to for a championship. Round robin play in every league. Bringing back true rivalries. I could be talked into 6 12 man leagues and 11 game round robin schedule.
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