Texas-Texas A&M. dead.
Pitt-West Va. dead.
Pitt-Penn St. dead.
As a Clemson fan, I want to play Georgia, Auburn & Tennessee but with a 14-team conference & a 9-game conference schedule (plus Sakerlina), there's no room. We've had to cancel a series w/ Ole Miss & Oklahoma St b/c of this. We almost cancelled our 1st game vs Georgia since 2004 before both schools agreed on a $3 million buyout to play it next year & 2014. This will be the last time the 2 schools every play in the regular season IMO. We've played 57 times & are 74 miles apart.
There's a bunch of other examples. Here's my solution:
With 12, 14 & 16 team conferences, everyone can't play everyone. 10 games against 'BCS' competition is the max teams can do to make sure they have 7 home games. I would have more fun as a fan watching my school play the same 10 teams us fans consider our biggest rivals. So I propose a move to simple 8-team conferences.
A team plays the other 7 teams in its conference. They also play their 3 biggest rivals OOC annually for 10 games. This puts more of an emphasis on regional rivalries. Play the teams us fans care about. Then they can schedule their 2 cupcakes at home to make $.
In basketball, teams play each team in their conference 2x & their OOC rivals 2x for 14 conference games & 20 annual games. Then add in up to 10 cupcakes, early season tournaments & ACC-B1G challenges.
*The Mississippi, Washington & BEast teams have to fill in some rivalry games from the Metro & Mtn West conferences.
**Notre Dame plays a full 12 team schedule instead of 10 w/ Stan, USC, Mich, Mich St & Navy OOC.
Let's take a look at the SEC 1st - bold = conf member, next row = annual OOC Rival, miles away from each other & times played:
|Florida||FSU - 151 mi, 56x||Miami - 336 mi, 54x||Sakerlina - 354 mi, 32x|
|Georgia||Ga Tech - 70 mi, 101x||Sakerlina - 153 mi, 59x||Clemson - 74 mi, 57x|
|Tennessee||Kentucky - 170 mi, 104x||Vandy - 180 mi, 101x||Clemson - 195 mi, 18x|
|Auburn||Ga Tech - 110 mi, 86x||Clemson - 232 mi, 47x||FSU - 205 mi, 18x|
|Alabama||Vandy - 238 mi, 83x||Arkansas - 544 mi, 22x||Sakerlina - 416 mi, 15x|
|Mississippi||Memphis - 79 mi, 59x||TCU - 547 mi, 6x||Baylor - 564 mi, 1x|
|Mississippi State||Memphis - 174 mi, 44x||Baylor - 569 mi, 4x||TCU - 555 mi, 1x|
|Louisiana State||Arkansas - 563 mi, 56x||Texas - 431 mi, 15x||Baylor - 428 mi, 11x|
1932's Founding Fathers except for Vandy (private) & Kentucky (not in the south). Keeping it west of the Appalachians like they always intended. Allows Florida to play Miami, Georgia to play Clemson & Auburn to play Ga Tech & Clemson. Tenn still gets to play Kentucky & Vandy, plus Clemson, 74 miles away. The Mississippi's are in the heart of this SEC so not many regional rivals to choose from - they get Memphis & go out to Texas. Sakerlina still gets to play Florida, Georgia & now Bama. Arkansas keeps LSU & Bama.
Everybody else after the Jump.
|ATLANTIC COAST||Rival 1
|Florida State||Florida - 151 mi, 56x||Miami - 468 mi, 54x||Auburn - 205 mi, 18x|
|Georgia Tech||Georgia - 70 mi, 101x||Auburn - 110 mi, 86x||Miami - 663 mi, 17x|
|Clemson||Georgia - 74 mi, 57x||Auburn - 232 mi, 47x||Tenn - 195 mi, 18x|
South Carolina (SEC)
||Georgia - 153 mi, 59x||Florida - 354 mi, 32x||Bama - 416 mi, 15x|
|North Carolina||Wake - 77 mi, 99x||Duke - 11 mi, 91x||Maryland - 282 mi, 69x|
|North Carolina State||Wake - 107 mi, 104x||Duke - 25 mi, 81x||Maryland - 294 mi, 67x|
|Virginia||Maryland - 128 mi, 76x||Duke - 167 mi, 60x||Penn St - 284 mi, 6x|
|Virginia Tech||West Va - 250 mi, 51x||Wake - 103 mi, 36x||Pitt - 321 mi, 11x|
Sakerlina rejoins the ACC. ACC drops the dead weight (er, 5 private schools) & Pitt so it's focused on the south/mid-Atlantic. Now all 4 North Carolina schools get to play the other 3 annually. Clemson, FSU & Ga Tech can play other teams in the south. Virginia has a 4 hour drive to Happy Valley. Original member Maryland has to change conferences but keeps UNC, NCST & UVA on the annual schedule. Most importantly to Tobacco Road - all the basketball schools get to play each other 2x, including Duke-UNC.
|Connecticut||Cuse - 270 mi, 8x||BC - 84 mi, 4x||USF - 1281 mi, 9x|
|Rutgers||Cuse - 237 mi, 39x||BC - 223 mi, 26x||Cincy - 628 mi, 17x|
||Virginia - 128 mi, 76x||UNC - 282 mi, 69x||NCST - 294 mi, 67x|
Penn State (B1G)
||Cuse - 229 mi, 70x||BC - 438 mi, 23x||Virginia - 284 mi, 11x|
||Va Tech - 321 mi, 11x||L'ville - 388 mi, 15x||Cincy - 289 mi, 11x|
West Virginia (XII)
||Va Tech - 250 mi, 51x||Cincy - 304 mi, 20x||L'ville - 398 mi, 13x|
Ohio State (B1G)
||Michigan - 191 mi, 108x||Purdue - 239 mi, 54x||Mich St - 251 mi, 39x|
||Tenn - 170 mi, 104x||Vandy - 174 mi, 101x||Indiana - 169 mi, 35x|
Here's the Eastern Conference JoePa always wanted. Penn St comes home & everyone else follows suit. Except for UConn in New England these 8 schools are very close together. Ohio St does leave the B1G but keeps Michigan, Mich St & Purdue on schedule. I don't know how much Columbus, OH cares about going past Illinois to play Midwestern teams. This is a lot closer playing all its' 5 border states PA, WV, KY, MI & IN. Kentucky plays 3 OOC schools 2.5 hours away +L'ville. Old BEast members Cuse, BC, L'ville & Cincy factor heavily into other teams OOC schedules. + NC & VA ACC teams.
|Michigan||Ohio St - 191 mi, 108x||NWern - 242 mi, 70x||ND - 169 mi, 36x|
|Michigan State||ND - 141 mi, 61x||NWern - 219 mi, 49x||Ohio St - 251 mi, 39x|
|Indiana||Kentucky - 169 mi, 35x||Mizzou - 439 mi, 10x||Kansas - 506 mi, 2x|
|Purdue||Ohio St - 239 mi, 54x||Kansas St - 606 mi, 3x||West Va - 443 mi, 2x|
|Illinois||NWern - 138 mi, 105x||Mizzou - 270 mi, 24x||Kansas - 432 mi, 5x|
|Wisconsin||Iowa St - 274 mi, 7x||Nebraska - 483 mi, 6x||Kansas St - 601 mi, 2x|
|Minnesota||Nebraska - 412 mi, 52x||Iowa St - 216 mi, 26x||Kansas - 476 mi, 7x|
|Iowa||Iowa St - 128 mi, 54x||Nebraska - 305 mi, 31x||Mizzou - 316 mi, 4x|
Like the SEC, the B1G sheds some teams away from its footprint & doesn't bring anyone new in. Ohio St & Northwestern each have 3 games w/ their original conferences. This emphasizes a B1G vs Big VIII Midwest rivalry. Except for Michigan (only B1G schools in EST) everyone else goes Midwest w/ their OOC schedules vs Mizzou, Kansas, K-St, Iowa St & Nebraska. They're all in central time zone & haven't played as much as you'd think. Indiana gets a piece of some strong basketball teams: Kentucky, Mizzou & Kansas.
|Oklahoma||Texas - 372 mi, 96x||A&M - 357 mi, 29x||Tx Tech - 343 mi, 19x|
|Oklahoma State||Tx Tech - 413 mi, 39x||A&M - 425 mi, 26x||Texas - 440 mi, 26x|
||A&M - 472 mi, 67x||LSU - 563 mi, 56x||Bama - 544 mi, 22x|
||Illinois - 270 mi, 24x||Indiana - 439 mi, 10x||Iowa - 316 mi, 4x|
|Kansas||Minn - 476 mi, 7x||Illinois - 432 mi, 5x||Indiana - 506 mi, 2x|
||Tx Tech - 594 mi, 12x||Purdue - 606 mi, 3x||Wisc - 601 mi, 2x|
|Nebraska (B1G)||Minn - 412 mi, 52x||Iowa - 305 mi, 31x||Wisc - 483 mi, 6x|
|Iowa State||Iowa - 128 mi, 54x||Minn - 216 mi, 26x||Wisc - 274 mi, 7x|
Big VIII is back & with 1 change - Arkansas instead of Colorado. Mizzou, Kansas, K-St, Nebraska & Iowa St have their OOC filled w/ B1G Illinoi, Indiana, Wisc, Minn & Iowa. The Oklahoma schools player their old Big XII South division rivals - the 3 public Texas schools. Arkansas plays it's biggest rival Texas A&M & keeps the big 2 SEC teams on its' schedule - Bama/LSU.
Boston College (ACC)
||Rutgers - 223 mi, 26x||Penn St - 438 mi, 23x||UConn - 84 mi, 4x|
|Syracuse (ACC)||Penn St - 229 mi, 70x||Rutgers - 237 mi, 39x||UConn - 270 mi, 8x|
Notre Dame (Ind)
||Stanford/USC||Michigan/Mich St||Navy - 663 mi, 85x|
||Illinois - 138 mi, 105x||Michigan - 242 mi, 70x||Mich St - 219 mi, 49x|
||Kentucky - 174 mi, 101x||Tenn - 180 mi, 101x||Bama - 238 mi, 83x|
Wake Forest (ACC)
||NCST - 107 mi, 104x||UNC - 77 mi, 99x||Va Tech - 103 mi, 36x|
||UNC - 11 mi, 91x||NCST - 25 mi, 81x||Virginia - 167 mi, 60x|
||Florida - 336 mi, 54x||FSU - 468 mi, 54x||Ga Tech - 663 mi, 17x|
The 8 strongest private schools are here in a new conference. 5 from the ACC + the token private schools from SEC & B1G + ND. NWern keeps in state Illinois & the Michigan schools & Vandy keeps it's closest SEC rivals - Tenn, Kentucky & Bama. Cuse & BC have a northeastern focus w/ Rutgers, UConn & Penn St. Wake & Duke get to play UNC & NCST. Miami can play Florida again & the other big city in the south Ga Tech in Atlanta (Braves-Marlins, Hawks-Heat anyone?).
ND keeps a national footprint against elite academic, like-minded schools. Stanford & USC in Cali, regional games vs Mich, Mich-St &Northwestern in Chicago. Head south to Nashville. Annual game in NC. Northeast vs Cuse (in NYC?) & vs other Catholics, BC in Boston. Catholics vs Convicts in Miami. Keeps annual game vs Navy. Only traditional rival they lose is in-state Purdue.
||Oklahoma - 372 mi, 96x||Ok St - 440 mi, 26x||LSU - 431 mi, 15x|
Texas A&M (SEC)
||Arkansas - 472 mi, 67x||Oklahoma - 357 mi, 29x||Ok St - 425 mi, 26x|
Texas Tech (XII)
||Ok St - 413 mi, 39x||Oklahoma - 343 mi, 19x||Kansas St - 594 mi, 12x|
||Oregon - 1262 mi, 16x||UCLA - 1038 mi, 7x||Cal - 1245 mi, 6x|
||Oregon - 773 mi, 26x||UCLA - 692 mi, 10x||Cal - 729 mi, 8x|
Brigham Young (Ind)
||Ore St - 824 mi, 10x||USC - 648 mi, 2x||Stanford - 778 mi, 2x|
||Oregon - 1268 mi, 37x||UCLA - 486 mi, 35x||Cal - 859 mi, 30x|
Arizona State (PAC)
||Ore St - 1220 mi, 38x||USC - 382 mi, 28x||Stanford - 738 mi, 27x|
The Southwest Conference is also back from the dead (RIP 1996). Texas gets to play the other 2 big state schools, both Oklahoma schools & goes west w/ Colorado, Utah & Arizona. BYU finally lands in a good conference. SWC & PAC have a lot of matchups here. I sent all the western schools to LA, Bay Area & PacNW. These opponents could rotate since there's a lot to choose from.
|California||Arizona - 859 mi, 30x||Utah - 729 mi, 8x||Colorado - 1245 mi, 6x|
|Stanford||Ariz St - 738 mi, 27x||ND - 2244 mi, 26x||BYU - 778 mi, 2x|
|UCLA||Arizona - 486 mi, 35x||Utah - 692 mi, 10x||Colorado - 1038 mi, 7x|
|USC||ND - 2095 mi, 83x||Ariz St - 382 mi, 28x||BYU - 648 mi, 2x|
|Oregon||Arizona - 1268 mi, 37x||Utah - 773 mi, 26x||Colorado - 1262 mi, 16x|
|Oregon State||Ariz St - 1220 mi, 38x||BYU - 824 mi, 10x||Boise St - 440 mi, 7x|
|Washington||Air Force - 1393 mi, 8x||Hawaii - 4x||Boise St - 504 mi, 1x|
|Washington State||UNLV - 950 mi, 5x||Hawaii - 5x||Boise St - 299 mi, 4x|
This is the original PAC 8. OOC is almost entirely vs Arizona, Ariz St, Utah, BYU & Colorado. Private Standford & USC play private ND & BYU. Boise St gets a stronger schedule w/ 3 PAC teams. There wasn't much left for Washington schools so they get an every other year trip to Hawaii & could play AF or UNLV. Wash St is pretty terrible, makes it easier for them in the middle of nowhere.
& the rest of the conferences...
|South Florida (BEast)||UConn - 1281 mi, 9x||ECU||Tulane|
|Central Florida (BEast)||UAB||ECU||Tulane|
|Cincinnati (BEast)||West Va - 304 mi, 20x||Rutgers - 628 mi, 17x||Pitt - 289 mi, 11x|
|Louisville (BEast)||Kentucky - 76 mi, 18x||Pitt - 388 mi, 15x||West Va - 398 mi, 13x|
|Memphis (BEast)||Ole Miss - 79 mi, 59x||Miss St - 174 mi, 44x||UAB|
|Houston (BEast)||Rice - 38x||SMU - 27x||UTEP - 7x|
||LSU - 428 mi, 11x||Miss St - 569 mi, 4x||Ole Miss - 564 mi, 1x|
Texas Christian (XII)
||Ole Miss - 547 mi, 6x||Miss St - 555 mi, 1x||SMU - 90x|
7/8 of these teams have been added to the BEast since 2005. Most of them came from the Metro (CUSA) before that. If a team not from the above 8 conferences is going to have a big season it'll either be Boise St or a team from the Metro. Most of these are commuter colleges in big cities not known for their academics. Except for Baylor & TCU which didn't fit in the SWC or Private conferences. Memphis, Baylor & TCU take on Ole Miss & Miss St annually. Cincy & L'ville play current BEast teams OOC.
|Southern Miss||N Texas||Texas St||UTSA|
|Louisiana Tech||N Texas||Texas St||UTSA|
|Rice||Houston - 38x||FAU||FIU|
|SMU (BEast)||TCU - 90x||Houston - 27x||UTEP - 15x|
|Tulsa||N Texas||Texas St||NMST|
These teams weren't good enough to get a BEast invite, except for SMU. They're a big loser here, along w/ Temple. They do get to play 4 games in Texas annually plus an occasional game against Texas/A&M/Tech. All of these teams are in the Central time zone except for ECU, which is a long way from Birmingham.
||SMU - 17x||Air Force - 15x||Houston - 7x|
|New Mexico||NMST - 77x||Air Force - 29x||Utah St - 19x|
|Colorado State||Utah St - 68x||Air Force - 50x||Fresno St - 11x|
|Wyoming||Utah St - 62x||Air Force - 50x||Fresno St - 27x|
Boise State (BEast)
||Ore St - 440 mi, 7x||Wash St - 299 mi, 4x||Wash - 504 mi, 1x|
|UNLV||Nevada - 20x||Air Force - 17x||Wash St - 5x|
|San Diego State (BEast)||Air Force - 30x||Fresno St - 20x||SJST - 16x|
|Hawaii||Air Force - 18x||Wash St - 5x||Wash - 4x|
MWC rejoices w/ Boise St & SDST staying put. UTEP comes back finally & gets to play in Houston or Dallas annually. Air Force goes Ind. but plays everyone OOC except for Boise St. Boise's OOC schedule is a lot stronger w/ Ore St, Wash & Wash St. Rest of the schools play a lot of WAC.
North Texas (CUSA)
Texas State (SUN)
|UTSA (CUSA)||LA Tech||SoMiss||Tulsa|
|New Mexico State
||NM - 77x||Idaho|
Utah State (MWC)
||Colorado St - 68x||Wyoming - 62x||Idaho|
|Nevada (MWC)||UNLV - 20x||Idaho|
|San Jose State (MWC)||SDST - 16x||Idaho|
|Fresno State (MWC)||SDST - 20x||Idaho|
This may be the only way the WAC stays alive & Idaho still doesn't get an invite! The only team here that hasn't been in the WAC is North Texas. SDST/SJST/Fresno St get to play each other for a JV State Championship.
|Florida Int'l (CUSA)
Sun Belt without the Louisiana schools. USA & Ga St jump up from FCS.
|Kent State (MAC)||Miami||Toledo||BG|
|Delaware (FCS)||Old Dominion||CMU||WMU|
James Madison (FCS)
ECU might be happier in this divisions. Temple's a big loser in this since they'll be in the BE in 2012.
|Bowling Green||Akron||Kent St||Ohio|
The MAC minus the 3 eastern Ohio schools & Buffalo. All the Ohio schools play all the Ohio schools in the Buckeye JV State Championship.
Air Force (MWC)
||Buffalo||Ball St/N Illinois|
|EMU||Ball St||N Illinois|
|Old Dominion (CUSA)||JMU||Delaware||Temple|
|Charlotte (CUSA)||ECU||Marshall||GA St|
|LA-Lafayette (SUN)||Ark St||MTSU||W Kentucky|
||Ark St||MTSU||W Kentucky|
||NMST/Utah St||Boise St/Nevada||SJST/Fresno St|
Leftover teams. UMass, OD & Charlotte are jumping up from FCS. Idaho is considering dropping down. LAMO & LALA are the 4th & 5th schools IN LA. Business as usual for Army.