Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My Super Sweet 16 Football Conference
first a word from the WU Tang Clan:
so the hot topic the last few weeks in college football has been the idea that the Big 10 will possibly expand to become the Big 10 + 5 (i wonder if they'll actually change their name this time?) by adding some combination of Big East schools like Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn or Notre Dame or Big 12 schools like Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and the very far fetched Texas. the SEC already says if it's a Super Conference war the Big 10 wants then it's a Super Conference War that they'll get. the likely hood that the Pac 10 would also swoop in and add some more schools as well seems probable too. the Big 12 and Big East would get fucked big time and the ACC would probably lose a few schools but also be able to hold themselves somewhat together. in the end we could end up with 4 Super Conferences of the Pac 16, SEC, Big 16, and a lesser powerful ACC. so let's play fantasy conference draft and guess who or what they might look like.
the Big 10 becoming the Big 16.
schools they most would want: Notre Dame, Texas, and Rutgers (for the TV market)Syracuse, Pitt, Missouri, Nebraska, or Kansas.
i can't see Texas joining for regional reasons and Notre Dame will stay independents until NBC quits paying them to be.
the new look Big 16
The SEC would of course have a pick of the litter from either the under siege Big 12 or even the weaker ACC.
schools that would be on the radar: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, FSU, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, & maybe even North Carolina...but that seems unlikely.
i think complaints from Florida and Georgia would keep Georgia Tech or any of the other Florida schools from joining up...plus the temptation to add Oklahoma and Texas would just be too damn big...and adding those schools state rivals probably would make the most sense, so OK State and Texas A&M get added on for good measure. i could however see South Carolina being replaced by Clemson...which is something old school Georgia fans might get excited about. in my universe that is exactly what would happen. also moving Auburn and Alabama to the east where most of their natural rivals reside would also be a likely mood basically turning the SEC East into the most rabid football divsion in all of college football and a fucking son of a bitch to ever win. also adding the Big 12 schools might lead to an alternating of SEC championship games between Atlanta and Dallas every other year....which could be fucking cool.
the new look SEC
The ACC would be happy that they were able to hold onto Miami and Florida State and not really care that much about replacing South Carolina with Clemson. they'd swoop in on the ashes of the Big East and go ahead and make their standing as the nation's best basketball conference official by picking off UConn, Louisville, West Virginia, and then have to choose between South Florida or Cincinnati for that final spot. my guess is that Cincinnati being an Ohio school and not wanting to piss off FSU and Miami would give the Bearcats the edge.
new look ACC
With the Pac 10 being left to pick off Colorado from the corpse of the Big 12 and grab up the up and coming schools in the WAC and Mountain West they'd be able to strengthen what has slowly become a pretty average football conference.
the new look Pac 16
the completely destroyed Big 12 would do it's best to carry on with it's flagship basketball school Kansas and then nabbing as many of the leftover Texas schools as possible. the Big 12 becomes little more than mid major in the new world order.
the rest of the teams in the Moutain West would likely absorb whatever was left of the WAC and you might even see some schools decide to give up football all together knowing that they just can't manage to compete in this climate. the MAC would continue running as they always have, and whatever was left of Conference USA would likely merge with the Sunbelt forming a South Eastern version of the MAC. with 4 Super conferences and a 5th pretender you'd have every major football school together in a way that moving to a real 8 to 16 team playoff seems inevitable. Notre Dame of course being the pricks they are would still somehow remain included in this.
i don't know...this kinda seems like it will probably happen in the next 10 years. i'd be more shocked if it didn't.