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The Ultimate Solution to College Football Realignment
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New Divisional Alignment and a Playoff Style to College Football

Does the idea of San Diego State, Boise State and Houston in the Big East just not sit right with you? How do you feel about 12 teams in the Big Ten and 10 teams in the Big 12? Any problem with a team in Louisiana being in the Western Athletic Conference?

Enough is enough. 

You may look at what I am proposing and immediately say, "It will never happen," but the fact is that change is necessary. In this time of flux and conference jumping, it is time for the NCAA to step in and ensure regional rivalries.

In a nutshell, my proposal is to abolish all conferences. No more SEC. No more Big Ten. No more ACC. 

Let it go.

Instead, we replace the conferences with NFL-style divisions of eight teams per division.  There are 124 teams competing in FBS football this season, just four teams short of that magic number, which is divisible by 64, 32,16, eight, four, two and one. 

Add four teams, and you could have 16 divisions with eight teams per division. Let’s add Charlotte, who will join FBS in 2013, along with Georgia State. That leaves us just two schools short of our magic number. To simplify things, take the two most recent FCS Champions, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State. It makes me want to propose a whole system of relegation a la European soccer leagues, but we’ll leave that for another column.

So, we have our 128 teams. 

Each team will play seven conference games, with the top two teams advancing to the Divisional Championship. From the Divisional Championship games, teams will be seeded into a 16-team tournament. They would begin a week before Christmas with quarterfinals beginning the weekend just prior to Christmas, semifinals New Year’s Day and the National Championship a week after New Year’s Day.

In compiling the divisional formats, I have tried to retain old conference affiliations but kept regional consistency at the forefront.  Take the tour of the perfect college football alignment.

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