The advent of the superconference era in collegiate athletics will soon be upon us. As a result, there will be numerous implications to its evolution including the introduction of new rivalries, larger TV network deals and perhaps eventually (gasp!) a playoff system.
Moreover, a superconference system may increase competitiveness in a way unseen since the introduction of the 85-scholarship rule. As a result, the likelihood that future FBS national champions will finish undefeated will dramatically deteriorate in the years to come. In fact, we are already witnessing the momentum shifting in this direction. Over the past decade, only 60 percent of the eventual FBS national champs finished undefeated. Compare that with the previous 10 years, when 80 percent of the champs finished with such a feat.
Given this trend, we as fans should take a minute to celebrate the accomplishments of the greatest “one-loss” teams over the past 30 years. They’ll likely soon have company.