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CFB Super League Concept

Canesrule230

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This is an interesting take from Rich Eisen. If the CFB big boys were to form a super league who would be in it? Here's who I would have based on fb alone:

1. Alabama
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Florida
5. A&M
6. Tennessee
7. Clemson
8. Miami
9. FSU
10. Notre Dame
11. Ohio State
12. Michigan
13. MSU
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. OU
17. OSU
18. USC
19. Stanford
20. Oregon
21. Georgia
22. Nebraska
23. Wisconsin
24. Washington

12 teams make playoffs. 5-12 play in 4 play in games and the winners play one of the top 4 teams. Then all the way down to a champion. Incentivizes making the top 4 to get some a bye week while giving every team a chance. Lot of good teams get left out though.

 

Kn[]_[]ckles3o5

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Better to go State by state

Alabama and Auburn
Miami UF and FSU
Georgia and Georgia Tech
South Carolina and Clemson
North Carolina and NC State
Virginia and Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Tennessee
LSU
Mississippi and Mississippi State
Texas and Texas A&M
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
Nebraska
Kansas and Kansas State
Missouri
Kentucky and Louisville
Ohio State
Penn State and Pitt
Michigan and Michigan State
Syracuse
Maryland
Boston College
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Boise State
Utah and BYU
Washington and Washington State
Colorado
Arizona and Arizona State
Oregon and Oregon State
USC and UCLA

That's 50 teams or so and most of them have a legit gripe to be included. You can't just pick and choose who to exclude because they usually end up outside the top 25.
 

SpikeUM

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If there were a super conference done for ratings and $, logic says it would be composed of marquee names and major market teams. So no chance for most of teams outside of the P5, and even within the P5, many teams like a Nebraska, Syracuse, Wake Forest or Kansas St would not likely be included.
 
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TerragonSix

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Honestly at this point, football needs a minor league....OTHER than college.

Elite talent out of HS can sign for six figure salaries in the minor leagues, which would create parity in the college ranks (is Bama gonna drop bags for that 3 star recruit?)
 

MiamiChris

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This is an interesting take from Rich Eisen. If the CFB big boys were to form a super league who would be in it? Here's who I would have based on fb alone:

1. Alabama
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Florida
5. A&M
6. Tennessee
7. Clemson
8. Miami
9. FSU
10. Notre Dame
11. Ohio State
12. Michigan
13. MSU
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. OU
17. OSU
18. USC
19. Stanford
20. Oregon
21. Georgia
22. Nebraska
23. Wisconsin
24. Washington

12 teams make playoffs. 5-12 play in 4 play in games and the winners play one of the top 4 teams. Then all the way down to a champion. Incentivizes making the top 4 to get some a bye week while giving every team a chance. Lot of good teams get left out though.

Invite all power 5 teams
 

Ethnicsands

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This is an interesting take from Rich Eisen. If the CFB big boys were to form a super league who would be in it? Here's who I would have based on fb alone:

1. Alabama
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Florida
5. A&M
6. Tennessee
7. Clemson
8. Miami
9. FSU
10. Notre Dame
11. Ohio State
12. Michigan
13. MSU
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. OU
17. OSU
18. USC
19. Stanford
20. Oregon
21. Georgia
22. Nebraska
23. Wisconsin
24. Washington

12 teams make playoffs. 5-12 play in 4 play in games and the winners play one of the top 4 teams. Then all the way down to a champion. Incentivizes making the top 4 to get some a bye week while giving every team a chance. Lot of good teams get left out though.

The concept makes no sense. conferences cover more than football. You have too few hoops powers, no mid-atlantic, no duke, unc, s. Carolina, kentucky, louisville, indiana, iowa, iowa state, kansas, k state, oklahoma state, arizona, a state, mississippii state, ole miss, arkansas. There are enough senators from those states to arrest mark emmert and send him to venezuela.
 
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Ethnicsands

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Better to go State by state

Alabama and Auburn
Miami UF and FSU
Georgia and Georgia Tech
South Carolina and Clemson
North Carolina and NC State
Virginia and Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Tennessee
LSU
Mississippi and Mississippi State
Texas and Texas A&M
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
Nebraska
Kansas and Kansas State
Missouri
Kentucky and Louisville
Ohio State
Penn State and Pitt
Michigan and Michigan State
Syracuse
Maryland
Boston College
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Boise State
Utah and BYU
Washington and Washington State
Colorado
Arizona and Arizona State
Oregon and Oregon State
USC and UCLA

That's 50 teams or so and most of them have a legit gripe to be included. You can't just pick and choose who to exclude because they usually end up outside the top 25.
this makes more sense, imo.
 

swampcougar1

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While I agree football is on top basketball, baseball and some other sports have huge fan bases at some schools. These other fans would protest heavily against this concept
 

Empirical Cane

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This is an interesting take from Rich Eisen. If the CFB big boys were to form a super league who would be in it? Here's who I would have based on fb alone:

1. Alabama
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Florida
5. A&M
6. Tennessee
7. Clemson
8. Miami
9. FSU
10. Notre Dame
11. Ohio State
12. Michigan
13. MSU
14. Penn State
15. Texas
16. OU
17. OSU
18. USC
19. Stanford
20. Oregon
21. Georgia
22. Nebraska
23. Wisconsin
24. Washington

12 teams make playoffs. 5-12 play in 4 play in games and the winners play one of the top 4 teams. Then all the way down to a champion. Incentivizes making the top 4 to get some a bye week while giving every team a chance. Lot of good teams get left out though.

Unless there is a program spending cap, cut that list in 1/2, maybe only 8-ish.
 

BoxingRobes

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Honestly at this point, football needs a minor league....OTHER than college.

Elite talent out of HS can sign for six figure salaries in the minor leagues, which would create parity in the college ranks (is Bama gonna drop bags for that 3 star recruit?)

The infrastructure needed for a football game / league / organization is incredibly expensive and one that has shown to not be very lucrative outside of the NFL and college football. Lots of experiments to create some sort of alternative, minor league, off-season football...they've all failed. Its expensive and without much upside to make the investment worthwhile.
 

Empirical Cane

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Honestly at this point, football needs a minor league....OTHER than college.

Elite talent out of HS can sign for six figure salaries in the minor leagues, which would create parity in the college ranks (is Bama gonna drop bags for that 3 star recruit?)
OR...

do 32 NFL teams adopt 32 college programs as their feeders/affiliates/something?

I get an extreme and radical idea... probably too tough to make work with all the glass that would get broken...
 

Hogan

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You would just have to list the top 25 teams in revenue, make sure that only half of them get a lot of money and scam the rest.
 

Zombie-Cane

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I love how on ESPN they talk about this and everyone is quick to point out that the Canes haven't won a title in 20 years, and some are letting them out of the "super league" because of that, but are letting others in that have longer droughts. Great logic. Here are a few............
Oklahoma - 21 years
Notre Dame - 32 years
Nebraska - 26 years
Michigan - 24 years
Penn State - 35 years
Tennessee - 23 years
Georgia - 41 years
Texas A&M - 82 years
 
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I knew the minute I saw the soccer Super League someone would post the same idea for college sports. The American mentality for limiting $$$, resources, access and participation lives on.
 

OldhamA

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The concept makes no sense. conferences cover more than football. You have too few hoops powers, no mid-atlantic, no duke, unc, s. Carolina, kentucky, louisville, indiana, iowa, iowa state, kansas, k state, oklahoma state, arizona, a state, mississippii state, ole miss, arkansas. There are enough senators from those states to arrest mark emmert and send him to venezuela.
The concept makes no sense in 'soccer' either, which is why European football is up in arms about it.
 

TheOriginalCane

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Better to go State by state

Alabama and Auburn
Miami UF and FSU
Georgia and Georgia Tech
South Carolina and Clemson
North Carolina and NC State
Virginia and Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Tennessee
LSU
Mississippi and Mississippi State
Texas and Texas A&M
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
Nebraska
Kansas and Kansas State
Missouri
Kentucky and Louisville
Ohio State
Penn State and Pitt
Michigan and Michigan State
Syracuse
Maryland
Boston College
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Boise State
Utah and BYU
Washington and Washington State
Colorado
Arizona and Arizona State
Oregon and Oregon State
USC and UCLA

That's 50 teams or so and most of them have a legit gripe to be included. You can't just pick and choose who to exclude because they usually end up outside the top 25.


That's a pretty good list.

I would AT LEAST knock off Boise State and West Virginia, maybe even BYU and a couple others. I would add Stanford/Cal and Baylor/TCU.
 

Kn[]_[]ckles3o5

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this makes more sense, imo.
While it is a pipe dream.

The way I would set it up would be like this:

2 conferences east and west with 5 divisions each made up of 6 regional teams. 60 teams total.

Each division would have a feeder conference that sends its best 6 teams into championship play.

This is the deal breaker for this type of scenario because the conferences as currently established would have to be disbanded and redefined.

Regardless for fun say this happens and we have conferences composed of 18 teams with only 6 competing in the championship format at any given time. With 10 divisions that gives you a pool of roughly 180 potential CFB Championship teams where only 60 of them are eligible in any particular season.

Each season you will have 5 games in division and play 6 crossover games with one of the other divisions for a total of 11 games. Only one region in each conference would play the other conference each season so that some regional rivalries can remain intact if certain teams end up in different regions. At season's end the division winners will face off in a 10 team playoff with two top seeds receiving byes. You would also have the team in each region with the worst overall record face off with a non qualifier team outside of the 6 in their feeder conference to keep their spot in the championship region. Any major rivalry that teams want to play outside of the playoff structure would be played to open the season and not count as part of the championship structure for a total of 12 games plus post season.

Divisions could look like this...

South East: Miami, UF, FSU, GT, UGA, Tennessee

Tobacco Road: UNC, NC ST, UVA, VT, Clemson, South Carolina

Delta: LSU, Missippi, Miss St, Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn

North East: Maryland, Penn St, Pitt, Boston College, Syracuse, WVU

Mid West: Ohio St, Michigan, Michigan St, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville

Texas: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston, TCU, Baylor

Plains: Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Kansas, Kansas St, Iowa, Nebraska

Great Lakes: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue

Rocky Mountain: Colorado, Boise St, Arizona, Arizona St, Utah, BYU

Pacific: Washington, Washington St, Oregon, Oregon St, UCLA, USC

So at seasons end you could see a playoff like

Bama bye
Ohio St bye
Miami v BYU
Washington vs Texas
Notre Dame vs Penn St
Clemson vs Oklahoma

You could also see a do or die series of games like

GT vs UCF
NC ST vs Wake
Miss St vs Arky St
Cincinnati vs Toledo
Houston vs SMU
Maryland vs Buffalo
Kansas vs Missouri
Indiana vs Northwestern
Boise St vs Utah St
Oregon St vs Cal

For arguments sake what about these weaker divisions? How do they earn a spot and why. Well they play a crossover as well. In order for a division to keep its playoff spot the division winner must have a better overall record or head to head win against the second place team from their crossover division opponent. That way there is a little check and balance. If a division winner lost to the second place team and has a worse overall record they lose the spot to them. Two weak divisions will draw each other often but they will be seeded low and have to survive and advance through three very deserving teams.

This is my dream scenario for CFB realignment
 
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