More Conference Realignment. With Maps.

Lincoln Journal Star


When I'm at work I reorganize college football in my head because watering plants is pretty boring. I already did this before but I've worked out a better version since. I thought I'd share it with you people since y'all are the only cats I know who might appreciate it. I made maps for every conference. I recommend looking at the maps.

Here are the prerogatives:

Every conference gets 12 teams with no protected cross-division rivalries.

Every team gets a rival.

Contiguous conferences.

Here's the complete map: Google Map

B1G: Google Map

Out: Maryland, Rutgers

West: Minnesota vs Wisconsin, Nebraska vs Iowa, Illinois vs Northwestern

East: Indiana vs Purdue, Michigan State vs Penn State, Michigan vs Ohio State

Championship Game: Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana

2013 was a simpler time. No East Coasters and no plague. Leaders and Legends still sucked.

Atlantic Coast Conference: Google Map

Out: Louisville, Boston College, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State

In: Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, Central Florida, South Florida, Puerto Rico

North: Rutgers vs Syracuse, Pittsburgh vs West Virginia, Maryland vs Virginia

South: Duke vs (North Carolina), Georgia Tech vs (Georgia), Central Florida vs South Florida, Miami FL vs Puerto Rico

Championship Game: Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina

I think Maryland and Rutgers are going to like their new home in the ACC North. What an awesome division filled with to the brim with rivalries. The South is a bit of a sprawl but is functional enough. The Universidad de Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Gallitos make their triumphant entrance into FBS football because Miami needs a rival. The Gallitos benefit from the same extra game rule as Hawaii.

Southeastern Conference: Google Map

Out: Missouri, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt

In: North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State

West: Louisiana State vs Mississippi State, Alabama vs Auburn, Kentucky vs Tennessee

East: North Carolina vs (Duke), Clemson vs South Carolina, Georgia vs (Georgia Tech), Florida vs Florida State

Championship Game: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA

The SEC remembers it's middle initial and throws out it's western teams. Vanderbilt gets relegated and Ole Miss gets cancelled. Then all the most hateable ACC teams move in.

Big XII: Google Map

Out: Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas Christian, West Virginia

In: South Dakota State, Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas A&M

West: Colorado vs New Mexico, Texas A&M vs Texas, Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State

East: Kansas State vs Kansas, Arkansas vs Missouri, South Dakota State vs Iowa State

Championship Game: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri

The Big XII reclaims it's former territory. Missouri brings their new friend and Colorado gets a Mountain rival. SDSU makes the jump from FCS to power conference because I wanted to add them and the BIg XII is the only conference that makes geographic sense. TCU and Texas Tech get relegated. Baylor gets cancelled.

Pac 12: Google Map

Out: Stanford, Utah, Colorado

In: Hawaii, San Diego State, Nevada

South: Hawaii vs San Diego State, California Los Angeles vs Southern California, Arizona State vs Arizona

North: California vs Nevada, Oregon vs Oregon State, Washington vs Washington State

Championship Game: Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, California

Utah and Colorado leave for being too far East. Hawaii gets promoted to the Pac South to lower their travel time, bringing SDSU with them. Nevada and Stanford swap places because UNLV needed to free up their rivalry week. Nevada and Cal have a well played series dating back to 1899 so that has good rivalry potential.

Mountain West: Google Map

Out: Hawaii, San Diego State, Nevada, New Mexico, Air Force

In: Stanford, Sacramento State, Northern Arizona, Utah, Montana

South: Stanford vs San Jose State, Sacramento State vs Fresno State, Nevada Las Vegas vs Northern Arizona (Hoover Dam Trophy!)

North: Boise State vs Montana, Utah State vs Utah, Wyoming vs Colorado State

Championship Game: Allegiant Stadium Paradise, Nevada

This Mountain West would be so fun. I would go to so many Lumberjacks games.

Conference USA Southwest Conference: Google Map

Out: Louisiana Tech, UAB, Southern Mississippi, entire East Division

In: New Mexico State, Texas State, Houston, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Missouri State

South: New Mexico State vs Texas El Paso, Texas San Antonio vs Texas State, Houston vs Rice

North: Texas Tech vs North Texas, Texas Christian vs Southern Methodist, Tulsa vs Missouri State

Championship Game: AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas

The Southwest Conference is back. All hail the lower travel costs! Missouri State makes the jump to give Tulsa a rival.

Sun Belt: Google Map

Out: Texas State, Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State

In: Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Alabama Birmingham, Florida Atlantic, Florida International

West: Arkansas State vs Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Monroe vs Louisiana at Lafayette, Western Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

East: Alabama Birmingham vs Georgia State, South Alabama vs Troy, Florida Atlantic vs Florida International

Championship Game: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana

The Fun Belt, now with 20% more fun. Breaking up GSU rivalry sucks but it can be an annual non-conference game.

American Athletic Conference: Google Map

Out: Houston, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, South Florida, Central Florida, Navy, Temple

In: Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, Marshall, Ohio, Louisville

North: Louisville vs Cincinnati, Ohio vs Marshall, Virginia Tech vs Appalachian State

South: East Carolina vs North Carolina State, Memphis vs Vanderbilt, Tulane vs Southern Miss

Championship Game: Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee

Cincinnati, Marshall, East Carolina, and Tulane are reunited with their most hated rivals. Memphis and App State get fun new rivals. Much less sprawl than the current AAC.

Middle American Conference: Google Map

Out: Buffalo, Ohio

In: Northern Iowa, Northern Michigan

North: Northern Iowa vs Northern Illinois, Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan, Northern Michigan vs Central Michigan

South: BallS tate vs Miami, Toledo vs Bowling Green, Akron vs Kent State

Championship Game: Ford Field Detroit, Michigan

So did y'all know Miami and BallS tate aren't official rivals? Even though they are the closest schools to each other and both red birds. Lets fix that. Everyone needs a rival, so we needed 1 more Directional Michigan. Congratulations to the denizens of the UP. Northern Iowa jumps up to move the MAC closer to the middle of America.

Eastern Shore Conference (New): Google Map

North: UConn vs UMass, Buffalo vs Stony Brook, Temple vs Delaware

South: Towson vs Old Dominion, Wake Forest vs Charlotte, Coastal Carolina vs Georgia Southern

Championship Game: M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Maryland

Stony Brook, Delaware, and Towson jump up to round out the rest of these teams into a new conference. Winner of Buffalo vs Stony Brook lights up the Empire State Building.

Independents: Google Map

Air Force vs Brigham Young, Notre Dame vs Boston College, Army vs Navy

These guys should have a little round robin every year. That'd be fun.

Sirs Not-Appearing-in-this-Realignment

Athletic Departments Cancelled for being Evil: Ole Miss, Baylor, Liberty

Added Teams: Sacramento State, Montana, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Northern Michigan, Stony Brook, Delaware, Towson, Puerto Rico

Annual OOC Rivalries: Stanford vs Cal, Nevada vs UNLV, Indiana vs Kentucky, Ohio vs Miami, Vanderbilt vs Tennessee, Georgia State vs Georgia Southern, Army vs Stony Brook, Navy vs Towson

Complete Map: Google Map

16 Team Playoff: Google Map

Seeds 1-11: Each conference champion ranked by Playoff Formula (50% AP Poll, 50% SP+)

Seeds 12-16: Highest ranked remaining teams by Playoff Formula

Sweet 16: 2 weeks after CCG week

16 @ 1, 15 @ 2, 14 @ 3, etc

Elite 8: New Years Day

Even years: Rose Bowl, Sun Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Gator Bowl

Odd years: Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl

Final Four: 2nd Saturday after New Years

Even years: Allegiant Stadium, US Bank Stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium (championship game rotates)

Odd years: SoFi Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium (championship game rotates)

National Championship Game: 2 weeks later