College Football Super League: Time For A Change?

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college footballFan unhappiness with the way that major college football has been run has been the talk of blogs, forums and websites for several years now. Given the influence that the web has on politics, social media and other aspects of our lives, universities may want to pay closer to attention to what the fans are saying. After all, with some people paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year to follow their favorite teams, the financial support of the fan base is critical to the success of many of these programs.

Inasmuch as fans and most media folks want a playoff system for BCS schools (formerly known as Division 1-A), most university presidents and coaches don’t support that idea. And, with television contracts in place through 2014, it won’t be until 2015 at the soonest that a playoff system could be put in place.

One Conference, 64 Teams

One proposal being aired that is beginning to gain some traction, at least with supporters of a football playoff system, is to have 64 of the 120 or so BCS schools leave the NCAA (for football only) and start their own league. This super conference would be divided among regions with eight divisions of eight teams each. Neil Woelk, a columnist for DailyCamera.com, actually drew up a list of teams who would make the super conference which would include all of the top tier programs while substituting some of the lower tier programs with upstart programs including Utah, East Carolina and Tulsa. Unfortunately, Cincinnati, Northwestern and Connecticut would be given the heave-ho in order to make room for a handful of smaller, but successful programs.

Woelk’s list is intriguing although problematic. I could see as many as 80 schools belonging to this super conference, leaving the remaining 40 schools to fend for themselves. Under Woelk’s proposal, conference teams would play each other only and every game would count. That means Penn State would no longer play Temple, Nebraska would have to remove Troy State from their schedule and South Florida would have to cancel its cross-state game with Central Florida as the latter school would not qualify.

11 Regular Season Games Followed By A Playoff

Each team would play eleven regular season games, seven against divisional foes and four against other conference teams. The eight divisional champs and their runner-ups would advance to a sixteen team playoff which would yield a bonafide national champion four weeks later.

Again, Woelk’s formula and variations on that theme aren’t likely to embraced by the NCAA, college presidents and football coaches, but if fans have a say, some sort of change will be in the offing in the coming years.

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