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.
Here's the complete map: Google Map
B1G: Google Map
Out: Maryland, Rutgers
West: Minnesota vs Wisconsin, Nebraska vs Iowa, Illinois vs Northwestern
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.
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.
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
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