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US Senate's Take on Conference Realignment

7 BCS conferences. 10 teams. 8 team-playoff. 7 BCS conference champions & 1 at-large. 9-game conference schedule. 1 out-of-conference BCS game. 1 non-AQ game. 1 FCS game. 12 regular season games. Up to 15 games to win the National Championship.Conferences based on geography. Teams promoted into BCS are in italics.

Big East Atlantic Coast Southeastern Southwest
Boston College Maryland Florida Louisiana State
Syracuse Virginia Georgia Memphis
Connecticut Virginia Tech South Carolina Arkansas
Rutgers North Carolina Wake Forest Oklahoma
Penn State North Carolina State Tennessee Oklahoma State
Pittsburgh Duke Vanderbilt Texas
West Virginia Clemson Alabama Texas A&M
Cincinnati Georgia Tech Auburn Texas Tech
Kentucky Florida State Mississippi Texas Christian
Louisville Miami Mississippi State Baylor
  • Penn St gets their East Coast Conference from the late 80's put together
  • Classic ACC + Miami & Va Tech
  • SEC expands into that desirable Winston-Salem tv market
  • Big 12 South picks up LSU, Arkansas, TCU & Memphis

Big Ten Great Midwest Pacific Ind.
Ohio State Kansas California Army
Michigan Kansas State Stanford Navy
Michigan State Missouri UCLA Air Force
Notre Dame Iowa USC
Indiana Iowa State Arizona
Purdue Nebraska Arizona State
Illinois Colorado Oregon
Northwestern Utah Oregon State
Wisconsin Brigham Young Washington
Minnesota Boise State Washington State

  • close to the original B1G w/ a Iowa for ND trade
  • a new conference is born, the GMC stretches from Illinois to Oregon
  • classic PAC-10
  • military schools are Ind by themselves & play mostly BCS schools

After the 70 BCS schools, there are 55 non-AQ teams in 4 conferences.

Western Athletic Conference USA
Mountain West East West
UTEP Nevada Marshall Tulane
New Mexico UNLV East Carolina Louisiana Tech
Colorado State San Jose State Birmingham Houston
Wyoming Fresno State Southern Miss Rice
Utah State San Diego State Central Florida Southern Methodist
Idaho Hawaii South Florida Tulsa

  • mid-tier conferences. WAC on the left coast
  • CUSA on the right.

Mid-American Sunbelt
East West East West
UMass Toledo Florida Atlantic Arkansas State
Temple Bowling Green Florida International Louisiana Monroe
Buffalo Eastern Michigan South Alabama Louisiana Lafayette
Ohio Central Michigan Troy Texas State
Miami Western Michigan Georgia State North Texas
Akron Ball State Middle Tennessee UTSA
Kent State Northern Illinois Western Kentucky New Mexico State

  • bottom rung. 1 in the North & 1 in the South. 14-teams each
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