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2012 NCAA Football Relegation - The Divisions

By now most of you have had a chance to read my proposal for a European Soccer like relegation system for NCAA football. According to that attached poll, 70% either loved or thought that portions of the idea had merit, so we are on the right track. The goals of the system are pretty easy to define.

- Settle championships on the field

- Reward excellence rather than mediocrity

- Create as fair a system as possible to allow ALL 124 teams currently with FBS status to compete for a true national championship, while allowing for expansion within the system.

- Allow upward (and downward) mobility for all teams

- Make as many games as possible meaningful, without compromising the regular season

- Protect, yet improve the bowl system to provide better matchups as well as holding the bowls accountable for their own success.

Before getting into the new Divisions, let's answer some of the feedback from the initial post.

- Diminished numbers of rivalry games.

True. The single biggest weakness of the proposal, but college football, much like the pro game, is becoming more and more a national entity and the long time regional rivalries are falling apart on their own. Allowing room for the rivalry games could, based on the Division a team is in, distort the strength of schedule which in this model are the same for all schools in a particular division.

- 10 teams in a Division vs 13 teams.

A carefully thought out number. 10 would seemingly allow for those 1AA and Rivalry games and other inter-Division games to be played, but once again, would distort strength of schedule. 13 plays perfectly into a 12 game regular season and also allows many more Cinderellas into the picture than otherwise would make it in 10 team divisions. Schools like Temple, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois and Rutgers are now all Division A teams because the Conferences are 13 teams as opposed to 10. It will also give those schools a chance to host programs that in today's world, would never in a million years consider trips to those locations.

So now, here are the Divisions and Conferences (still looking for names, so give me some ideas). Divisions were created based on the combined averages of 18 different computer polls from the 2011 season.

Division A - the top 52 teams in the country per the computer polls. Rank refers to the average of the 18 computer polls.

Conference 1

Rank

Conference 2

Rank

1

Alabama

1

1

Louisiana State

2

2

Arkansas

8

2

Stanford

7

3

Michigan

9

3

Wisconsin

10

4

Texas Christian

16

4

Florida State

15

5

West Virginia

17

5

Virginia Tech

18

6

Missouri

24

6

Nebraska

23

7

Notre Dame

25

7

Texas A&M

26

8

Ohio State

32

8

Brigham Young

31

9

Cincinnati

33

9

Mississippi State

34

10

North Carolina State

40

10

California

39

11

Georgia Tech

41

11

Washington

42

12

Louisiana Tech

48

12

Miami FL

47

13

North Carolina

49

13

Tennessee

50

Conference 3

Rank

Conference 4

Rank

1

Oklahoma State

3

1

Oregon

4

2

Southern California

6

2

Oklahoma

5

3

South Carolina

11

3

Boise State

12

4

Michigan State

14

4

Georgia

13

5

Kansas State

19

5

Baylor

20

6

Houston

22

6

Texas

21

7

Florida

27

7

Clemson

28

8

Auburn

30

8

Southern Mississippi

29

9

Utah

35

9

Penn State

36

10

Rutgers

38

10

Tulsa

37

11

Northern Illinois

43

11

Louisville

44

12

Iowa

46

12

Vanderbilt

45

13

Toledo

51

13

Temple

52

Division B - teams 53-104

Conference 1

Rank

Conference 2

Rank

1

Nevada

53

1

Illinois

54

2

Ohio

60

2

Virginia

59

3

Pittsburgh

61

3

Arkansas State

62

4

San Diego State

68

4

Connecticut

67

5

Central Florida

69

5

Arizona

70

6

Oregon State

76

6

Air Force

75

7

Louisiana-Lafayette

77

7

Wyoming

78

8

Western Kentucky

84

8

Syracuse

83

9

Washington State

85

9

East Carolina

86

10

Colorado

92

10

Hawaii

91

11

San Jose State

93

11

Kansas

94

12

Fresno State

100

12

Mississippi

99

13

Texas-El Paso

101

13

Maryland

102

Conference 3

Rank

Conference 4

Rank

1

Iowa State

55

1

Texas Tech

56

2

Arizona State

58

2

South Florida

57

3

Southern Methodist

63

3

Purdue

64

4

UCLA

66

4

Northwestern

65

5

Wake Forest

71

5

Western Michigan

72

6

Marshall

74

6

Boston College

73

7

Florida International

79

7

Kentucky

80

8

Navy

82

8

Utah State

81

9

Ball State

87

9

Miami OH

88

10

Bowling Green

90

10

Minnesota

89

11

Duke

95

11

Kent State

96

12

Army

98

12

Rice

97

13

Eastern Michigan

103

13

North Texas

104

Division C - teams 105-124

Conference 1

Rank

Conference 2

Rank

1

Louisiana-Monroe

105

1

Central Michigan

106

2

Indiana

108

2

Troy

107

3

Colorado State

109

3

Alabama-Birmingham

110

4

New Mexico State

112

4

Buffalo

111

5

Idaho

113

5

Nevada-Las Vegas

114

6

Tulane

116

6

Middle Tennessee

115

7

Memphis

117

7

New Mexico

118

8

Akron

120

8

Florida Atlantic

119

9

South Alabama

121

9

Massachusetts

122

10

Texas State

124

10

Texas-San Antonio

123

The four new FBS schools, based on our plan, are seeded as the last four in Division C. They are seeded according the computer rankings for the polls which ranked FCS teams last season.

So our beloved Eagles are ranked #73 overall when averaging the computer ratings. Their highest ranking was 40, the lowest 99. Considering where most of the preseason magazines have them this year, 73 might be generous.

How does the seeding strike you? Are you mad? Resigned to the Eagles' lot in life? Not as bad as you figured? What would this do to the program if suddenly BC wasn't playing with the big boys...would Spaz still be the coach, would Flip still be the AD? What types of pressure would this put on the Boston College athletic program, perhaps not just football too? How would things like attendance, fundraising, merchandise sales, media coverage and maybe most importantly recruiting be impacted...could it be a pseudo death penalty for current BCS programs to be relegated? Would you give up your season tickets or attendance to games if the Eagles were a Division B team..how about a Division C team? How many universities would even be willing to try this in theory, knowing that they currently get to play at least one FCS team and several other hand-picked cupcakes a year? Now all their games will be against like opposition.

The Eagles then will face Texas Tech, South Florida, Purdue, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Kentucky, Utah State, Miami (OH), Kent State, Minnesota, Rice and North Texas. The schedules will be released next week.

How does the relegation schedule compare to the real one? Miami, Maine, Northwestern, Clemson, Army, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. I think it's probably what most people would summize. There are fewer top end teams, more lower end teams and a group of 4-5-6 teams who are comparable with the middle of the pack teams BC will play this year.

Can the Eagles get promoted back to Division A? Knowing it’s a simulation we will go through, what will the season record be? Are they capable of playing in the Division B playoffs and potentially claiming a bowl bid or a Division championship? Would winning a Division B championship be of any satisfaction at all? How about getting and/or winning a lower tier bowl game?

Next, each team's schedule for the year.

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