5 – Geographical Realignment
Remember when conferences were based on geographical location and not…whatever they are now? A few examples are Missouri being in the SEC, Nebraska being in the Big 10, or above all West Virginia being in the Big 12.
Maybe this change will cause a domino effect that will put teams in more geographical conferences. After all, the last changes killed some of the best rivalries in college football including Iowa vs Iowa State, BYU vs Utah and Kansas vs Missouri.
While it is impossible to know exactly how the conferences would realign, some of the more obvious changes likely would be:
- AAC – Loses Houston, Tulsa and Cincinnati, gains Coastal Carolina, Louisiana Tech and Georgia Southern
- ACC – Gains West Virginia
- Big 12 – Gains Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Colorado State, Tulsa and Houston; loses Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State and West Virginia.
- Big 10 – Gains Iowa State and Cincinnati
- Pac 12 – Gains BYU, San Diego State and Boise State, loses Colorado
- SEC – Gains Oklahoma and Texas
While this model wouldn’t fix everything, most of the old rivalries would be renewed and for the most part there wouldn’t be any teams that don’t appear to fit in their conferences.
Likelihood of happening: Almost 0%
As much as fans would love to see this, money speaks louder than fans and somehow someway this would hit a wall and not work out. Fun to imagine though.