Spence wrote:I actually suggested something like that a few years ago. Essentially five 24 team conferences spit into 12 team division that played round robin in their conference. Then the conference championship would be round one of the playoff.
Yep, conferences went off the rails during the last realignment, TV sets and the number of eyeballs were the priority. Money by the wheelbarrow load does indeed cloud vision and judgement, it really makes it easy to justify just about anything one wants to do.
I suspect they’ll be another realignment come along sooner or later, maybe they will consider and do what’s best for themselves AND the game next time around....... uh, don’t bet on it, they’ll take the money again.
Here we go ...
I found this to be a really good conversation on the topic; but it really resonates with this thread:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pf_-IWgB6U
I feel like the whole thing is worth the view. Though, @ 9:33 it gets into the broader spectrum of where we're heading.
I was somewhat surprised to hear Joel actually say the Pac-12 was on shaky ground, and about to fall apart. Up til now, everyone has been saying it's the Big XII.
I personally never bought into that. I do feel like other conferences attempted a coup to collapse the Big 12, which backfired when they extended the invitation to West Virginia, and their Acceptance.
Anyway, the topic goes in the direction of what I've previously said.
There will be an 8 team playoff, allowing for the Power5 all to have their conference Champion an auto bid.
No speculation about the other 3, however. I still maintain my position --- they are going to expand the playoffs, and still box out the Group of 5.
I think they've already started conditioning people to accept that, by having UCF fall outside of the top 10 in the playoff committee's poll, when they were undefeated. That was especially evident, when the poll came out on a week were Oregon had sat out idle, coming off of a loss, and jump UCF in the standings, where the Knights had won a game.
Rightfully so, or wrongfully so, not my opinion. Merely an observation.