This is my plan for conference expansion. When it's all over, 16 teams will have changed conference. 7 teams will be promoted from non-BCS to BCS conferences. The Mountain West's 'Big 3', 3 CUSA East teams & Temple. The 6 12-team league BCS conference winners & 2 at-large teams will play in a 8 team playoff. The quarterfinals will be played at the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta & Rose bowls. Winners will advance to the semifinals & then the NCAA College Football Championship. Other teams will continue to play in the existing bowl games like the Cotton & Papajohns.com.
Current TV deals for each conference & payout:
* Big Ten: $242 million ($22 mil each)
* SEC: $205 million ($17.08 mill each)
* ACC: $155 million ($12.9 mil each) (new deal)
* Big 12: $78 million ($6.5 mil each)
* Pac-10: $58 million ($5.8 mil each)
* Big East: $2.8 million per football school
(the numbers after each school are its ranking 1-120 after last season)
Big Ten decides to add a 12th team to play a conference championship game. After being rejected by Notre Dame again, they add Missouri for the St. Louis & Kansas City TV markets. Conference is divided into East & West.
|Indiana 83||Illinois 99|
|Michigan 80||Iowa 8|
|Michigan State 62||Minnesota 70|
|Ohio State 5||Missouri 46|
|Penn State 9||Northwestern 40|
|Purdue 72||Wisconsin 14|
Now the only major conference besides the Big East without a championship game, the Pac-10 decides to expand to 12. They add Colorado & Utah for the Denver & Salt Lake City TV markets. Division follows the ACC model instead of North & South - separating teams from their natural rival.
|Arizona 35||Arizona State 77|
|California 41||Oregon State 36|
|UCLA 58||USC 21|
|Colorado 96||Stanford 29|
|Oregon 12||Utah 19|
|Washington 76||Washington State 115|
The Big 12 must replace the 2 North division teams it lost so it adds Texas Christian & Brigham Young. Oklahoma agrees to move to the North divisions for more balance in the conference.
|BYU 10||Baylor 79|
|Iowa State 57||Oklahoma State 33|
|Kansas 74||Texas 4|
|Kansas State 63||Texas A&M 64|
|Nebraska 16||Texas Christian 6|
|Oklahoma 26||Texas Tech 22|
The SEC & ACC sit out this round of conference expansion but the Big East must add 4 teams to stay relevant. They promoted Cincinnati, Louisville & South Florida from Conference USA in 2005 and continue now by adding Central Florida, East Carolina & Memphis. The 12th team is Temple, a Big East football-only member from 1991-2004. The 6 former C-USA schools form the South division & the older Big East teams form the North.
|UConn 32||UCF 61|
|Pitt 15||Cincinnati 7|
|Rutgers 28||East Carolina 38|
|Syracuse 91||Memphis 112|
|Temple 60||Louisville 90|
|West Virginia 27||South Florida 44|
The Big East spins off its' 8 non-football schools (including Notre Dame) into a different non-affiliated league.
The Mountain West was raid of its' 'Big 3' by the Big 12 & Pac-10, leaving the conference with 6 teams. There were plans to add Boise State as the 10th team & possible expansion to 12 for a championship game. MWC agrees to merge back with the Western Athletic Conference to form a 12 team league.
The WAC kicks out it's 3 newest teams from 2005 - Idaho, New Mexico State & Utah State. Louisiana Tech leaves to join a conference back East & is replaced by Texas El-Paso, a former member from 1967-2005. The reunited conference is split into the Mountain West teams' division & the newer WAC teams.
|Mountain West||Western Athletic|
|Air Force 45||Boise State 2|
|Colorado State 104||Fresno State 51|
|UNLV 86||Hawaii 75|
|New Mexico 118||Nevada 52|
|San Diego State 97||San Jose State 111|
|Wyoming 59||UTEP 102|
There are 8 conference games, copying the ACC's model: 5 division games, 1 permanent out of division rival, & rotate the other 2 out of division games.
Air Force & Hawaii - Air Force has the jets to fly this far every other year
Colorado State & UTEP - both joined the WAC in 1967
UNLV & Nevada - The Battle for Nevada & the Fremont Cannon
New Mexico & San Jose State - Spanish sounding places
San Diego State & Fresno State - student bodies hate each other
Wyoming & Boise State - closet in geography
C-USA is left scrambling after losing another 3 teams so it welcomes Louisiana Tech from the WAC as its' 10th team. Then promotes Middle Tennessee State & North Texas from the Sunbelt.
|UAB 88||Houston 39|
|Florida Atlantic 95||North Texas 116|
|Louisiana Tech 98||Rice 113|
|Marshall 65||SMU 49|
|MTSU 37||Tulane 109|
|Southern Miss 68||
The Mid-Atlantic Conference is left unchanged except for getting rid of it's 13th team: football-only member Temple.
Notre Dame, Navy & Army remain Independent.
The Sun Belt adds the 3 WAC cast-offs so it has a large chunk of land to cover but its' 9 teams get to remain in 1-A football:
|Arkansas State 103|
|New Mexico State 114|
|Utah State 101|
Western Kentucky 120