Now I know what you are all saying: WHAT??? Yes I believe that a 3 Division Conference would be the, maybe not the best, but certainly not the worst, idea for the Pac 12. Just take another sip of the KOOL AID, sit back and just listen. First break up the divisions, which will be purely geographical. In the Northern Division, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Washington, and Washington State University. In the Western Division, the California teams; Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC. And in the Central Division University of Arizona, Arizona State, University of Colorado and Utah. Pure geographical simplicity, the opposite of the ACC.
Now there are some easy rules that will ensure money, excitement, and fun for everyone.
1) Each division will play all inter divisional members due to travel expenses, rivalries and the time spent away form campus. (ie. The University of Oregon will always play Oregon State, University of Washington, and Washington State).
2) Each division will play 3 teams form the other 2 divisions (Ex. University of Oregon’s other six games would be Cal, Stanford, UCLA, University of Arizona, ASU, and University of Colorado)
This satisfies three important requirements: Each team will play all inter-divisional members and play 9 conference games. Each team will go to California at least once and even better, go to the L.A. market at least once and collect some big money. And possibly the most important aspect is recruiting. With the three divisions you go, you conquer, you get. With the six conference games you play outside of your division, you will play 3 games in a different state, one of them will be guaranteed in California, and improve your recruiting prowess over the conference or the region in which you win.
Now finish off the KOOL AID and listen to this dandy dealing with the championship game. 1) There will be no championship game. The team with the best record will go on to represent the Pac 12 in the Rose Bowl. 2) There will be a championship game with the two best teams from any division as long as they are not in the same one. If there is a three-team tie it will go according to conference record, then division record, then overall record and if there is no differential then an anonymous vote by the head coaches will be held to see who should be in the championship game. Now if you’re saying “well we want a championship game and that system cannot clearly be determined who should play for the championship game”, well then tell me who should have played on behalf of the Big 12 South in 2008 when three teams went 7-1 in that conference. Oklahoma, Texas, or Texas Tech??? So not even a two division conference is perfect.
The championship game should be held at either the Coliseum, Autzen Stadium. Now the Coliseum is an obvious choice simply because it can fit 93,607 people and will generate large crowds and is a L.A. market. Now if USC or UCLA is not in the game, the question will be, can you still get a sell out crowd or generate enough of a media outlet to still cash out when the game is over.
Autzen Stadium, not because I am a Duck fan, but because the atmosphere. Now it may only hold 54,000 people, but less may be more. If the Pac 12 championship game were to be held at Autzen Stadium, I can personally guarantee a sell out every championship game and, it can be essentially be a home game for whoever brings the most fans, or should I say the rowdiest fans. And not to mention, people can look at the Animal House while up in Eugene.
The sole reason that I do not believe the championship game should be held in the Rose Bowl is because I don’t want it to take away from the actual Rose Bowl and no other championship game is held in that BCS bowl.