In reply to: Obviously we are making assumption on top of assumption... posted by IrishFanIndy2003
Obviously you took a lot of time to do this. Just a few thoughts:
1. Your Texas conference is the old SWC, at least after Arkansas left.
2. You have Houston listed twice, once in the SWC and once in our conference. I think they're a better fit in the SWC.
3. Not sure about Miami (Ohio) in the Big East conference. Buffalo makes more sense geographically. And their program is at least as good right now as Miami's, even though they lack the history.
4. Omitting Northern Illinois while keeping the MAC programs you kept is a mistake imho.
5. I would swap Missouri and Minnesota.
But you're right, this just isn't gonna happen no matter what. The power conferences have too much power to disband or voluntarily drop programs. Our best bet would be to form a new conference.
Scratch Houston from No. 8, move Maryland from the Piedmont Conference to ours, drop Ohio U from the MAC to the Piedmont Conference, and add NIU back to the MAC.
I could certainly live with swapping Missouri and Minnesota. That would come close to reconstituting the old Big Eight and Minnesota would probably be a better fit for us.
Buffalo would be relegated to FCS and rightly so. Miami (OH) got a promotion to the BIG EAST because their history required keeping them, but hardc choices had to be made in cutting all of the traditionally 10-team conferences (Big Ten, SEC, and MAC in particular) down to 8 teams.
If conference affiliation were an absolute requirement to compete for championships then I could tolerate something like this. It would have the added benefit of diluting the talent pool across more conferences while simultaneously protecting the talent pool for top level football as a whole, and diluting ESPN's influence in the sport. I assume that many power conferences would mean that CBS, Fox, and NBC would each be willing to pay to play.
1. Swap Missouri for Minnesota, as stated previously.
2. I would put NIU in the MAC and remove one of the bottom feeders you left in, say Kent State.
3. I would swap Cincinnati for Miami (Ohio). Geographically, that's a wash, and Cincinnati at least has some history with the Big East.
4. For the final member of our conference, in lieu of Houston (already included), I would include UCF. Imho, that program has the greatest upside of any of those you left out. Plus, it means a guaranteed road trip to Florida every year.