Friday, March 28, 2008

I Wanna Move Some NCAA Conferences Around

Let me start out by saying that I'm not using feelings and total logic on this.  This is just want I'd want to see from our NCAA conferences in football and basketball.

I'd like to see all of the BCS conferences get to 12 teams and each of them have a conference championship game.  It's unfair that the Big Ten doesn't have one but the SEC, ACC and Big XII do. 

Other than that ... well ...

ACC NORTH:  Maryland, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia
ACC SOUTH:  Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Ga Tech, Miami, North Carolina

The only change I have with the ACC is trading Boston College back to the Big East for West Virginia.  Nothing against BC (they've been a great addition to the conference) but it just seems like a better fit to have BC back in the Big East and moving WVU down the coast).

Big Ten West:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Big Ten East:  Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

The lone change is adding the Irish to the Big Ten.  Get over yourselves, Notre Dame!  You belong in this conference. 

I'd put Notre Dame in the East since they usually battle Michigan, MSU, Purdue and Penn State anyways.  The only thing I don't like is how strong that division is.  Oh, well.

PAC-10 North:  BYU, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, Washington State
PAC-10 South:  Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC

Obviously the biggest change is adding BYU and Utah.  I think that the two Utah-based schools would add a lot to the conference and they certainly have the athletic departments to pull that off.

SEC East:  Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
SEC West:  Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Miss State, Ole Miss

No changes here, though it was tempting to send Arkansas to the Big XII. 

Big XII North:  Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska
Big XII South:  Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Again, I wanted to add Arkansas in ... but there is nothing I'd send out.  Well, maybe Colorado to the Pac-10.

Big East Football Conference:  Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple, UConn

Now, this is the football league (yes, with Temple).  The basketball league, below, will be split into East and West.  Now, I can't have a Big East West Division because it sounds stupid.  How about the "Big Mid-East" then??? 

Big East:  Boston College, Georgetown, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, UConn, Temple, Villanova

Big Mideast:  Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse, Xavier

Not perfect, but it will have to do.  I added Xavier because we needed to replace Notre Dame with a non-football school.  I added Temple because they deserve to be back in the Big East.  Now, these guys can play twice against teams in their conference (16 games) and then four against teams in the other league that won't count in the conference standings.

Atlantic 10:  Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, Geo. Washington, LaSalle, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Joe's, St. Louis, UMass

Taking Xavier and Temple out definitely takes a lot of the star power from this conference.  Oh, well.  And we're dumping St. Bonnie to one of those smaller eastern conferences.