Conference Realignment: The Beginning Of The End For The NCAA

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It has been well reported that Texas and Oklahoma are officially headed to the SEC by 2025 at the latest. Around The Block — Longhorns’ very own Michael Farber talked about how it will most likely be sooner than that, here.

Texas and Oklahoma moving to the SEC and creating a “super conference” is the first step to kicking the NCAA out of college athletics — specifically football. Other conferences now have to look around at their big ticket schools and wonder what they’re thinking. Would they would leave? It puts pressure on the Big 10, PAC-12 & ACC to embrace conference realignment and become “super conferences” themselves in order to gain more revenue.

Max Olson of The Athletic reported that exact scenario, “Big Ten, PAC-12, ACC in discussions about forming alliance: sources.” was the headline. With this being reported but not confirmed, what if two conferences like the Big 10 and PAC 12 decided to merge and make a super conference that way, leaving the ACC to split up on its own between the now two super conferences?

How would college football look if the NCAA does collapse in the future and only two power conferences consisting of 20 teams each remained? Similar to how the NFL operates with their 32 teams, college football might operate in a similar capacity with two conferences consisting of four divisions in each with five teams in each division. College football would change forever. Let’s take a look at how that conference realignment might look.

Conference Realignment Factors

When creating these conferences and choosing teams, I stressed the importance of school revenue and dividing them as evenly as possible between conferences. Money is what matters in college athletics and football is the money maker over any other sport by a mile, even accounting for March Madness.

I also took into account geography, though I was a little more lenient in that regard. Rivals would also play a role in deciding where schools are in a division. Back to the money aspect, rivalry games make a lot of money.

The South Eastern Conference

This conference would be mostly consisting of current SEC teams, with a few additions and subtractions.

Division A

  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Tennessee
  • Louisiana State
  • Kansas

Division B

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas A&M
  • Oklahoma State
  • Nebraska

Division C

  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Florida State
  • Miami (Fl.)
  • South Carolina

Division D

  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi State
  • Kentucky
  • Louisville
  • Arkansas

The North Western Conference

This conference would consist mostly of Big 10 and PAC-12 teams, with a few additions and subtractions.

Division A

  • Ohio State
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Penn State
  • Wisconsin

Division B

  • Notre Dame
  • Southern California
  • Stanford
  • UCLA
  • Indiana

Division C

  • Clemson
  • North Carolina
  • Iowa
  • Iowa State
  • Minnesota

Division D

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Utah
  • Brigham Young
  • Arizona State

Overall, there were many omissions to these conferences. It is incredibly difficult to decide what schools are worth a spot in the top 40 athletic programs and which schools miss the cut. Feel free to comment below what I completely missed and why schools like Baylor, Arizona, TCU, Illinois, Virginia, Texas Tech. etc. deserve to be in the top 40 over some of these other schools. Thank you for taking the time to read this hypothetical and be sure to follow me on Twitter: @ryfootballscout, peace!

Author: Ryan McAloon

Founder & CEO of Texas-Talk.com

3 thoughts on “Conference Realignment: The Beginning Of The End For The NCAA”

  1. I hope this does not happen. But, if it did, I think the Division B for Pac-12/Big Ten should also have UC Berkeley and San Diego State, and possibly Fresno State and San Jose State. Because San Jose State is a school that could really take off given it’s in arguably the most important city right now for future commerce, and Fresno State is really good, as is San Diego State. All 3 schools’ potentials are sky high. San Jose State just doesn’t have the attendance. San Diego State and Fresno State do. San Diego State just does not have it this year because of their stadium situation.

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