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Why you should want the Big Ten to add five teams....
Posted: Monday, May 3rd, 2010, 4:45 PM
by Josh
First off, I would like to thank Tony and Bronco ZR for setting this up for me. I truly appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with you fine folks.

Now on to my topic of the week. The Big Ten is considering expanding its conference to anywhere from 12 to 16 teams. It may not seem like what one conference does can impact the whole dynamic of the sport, but in this case it can. As I'm sure you have heard over the past few weeks, if the Big Ten goes to 16 teams, the SEC will likely expand as well. And I'm sure you know all of the reasons with the TV dollars and so on and so forth. This is why you should hope that the Big Ten adds five teams to give them 16.

The more immediate impact for the SEC would be that it would likely add four teams to bring it to 16. Why would you want this? This is why. Since 1992, the SEC has essentially had the same format for its schedule and championship game. The only change in that time has been that in 2003, each team went from two permanant opposite division opponents to one. I believe it is time for a change to this format. Now there are a lot of variables in all of this. We don't know which teams the Big Ten would take and what the landscape of the conferences they raid would look like after they are done. This is an ideal scenario that would best suit the SEC. Let's say the Big Ten takes Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, and two other schools, probably from the Big East. All of the sudden the Big 12 is in trouble. The SEC goes after Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State (to follow W. Lynn's model). If the SEC adds those four teams, there would have to be a divisional realignment. More than likely Alabama and Auburn move to the East Division while the four new teams join Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State in the West. You would pretty much have to have 7 permanant division opponents and rotate the opposite division game home and home. Either that or you add a 9th conference game and have two rotaters. All that said, the SEC is left with an immediate shake up and finally a major change for the first time since 1992.

The other reason you should hope for the Big Ten to add five teams is much more important, although the end result is probably still a good ways off. If the Big Ten and SEC decimate the Big 12, it will likely collapse. The remaining members would probably go to the Pac 10. Leaving the ACC to pick up the remaining Big East teams. Ideally, this would create four superconferences. This brings us one step closer to a playoff. At first it would probably be a plus one. Then with a little more time, an 8 team playoff. Ultimately a 16 team playoff is needed to make Division 1A football legitimate at last. Hopefully, in theory anyway, the Big Ten expanding to 16 teams is the first step of that.

I could go into how awesome a 16 team college football playoff would be, but I think I will save that for another time. Thanks again Tony and Bronco ZR, and thank you to everyone who took the time to read this.

You can contact me by clicking the email Josh link if you have any questions or comments.

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