As long as we're aligning in fantasyland...
by HowardRoark (2014-12-09 16:13:36)
Edited on 2014-12-10 16:51:33
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  In reply to: Obviously we are making assumption on top of assumption...  posted by IrishFanIndy2003



All this assumes that conference affiliation is inevitable. It is in no way my preference (real independence is my preference).

That said, try these potential alignments:

1. Pac-8:
UW
WSU
UO
OSU
Cal
Stanford
UCLA
Southern Cal

2. Mountain West:
Utah
BYU
CU
CSU
ASU
U of A
Nevada
UNLV

3. Big Eight (reconstituted):
Iowa
Iowa State
Nebraska (welcome home)
OU
OK State
Kansas
Kansas State
Minnesota

4. Texas Conference:
UT
Texas A&M (Welcome back, boys)
TCU
Baylor
Texas Tech
Rice
Houston
SMU

5. Big Ten (still can't count, so they won't change their name):
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Wisconsin
Illinois
Northwestern
Indiana
Purdue

6. Western Athletic Conference:
Boise State
Air Force
UNM
NMSU
Fresno State
San Jose State
San Diego State
Wyoming

7. Big East (reconstituted):
Army
Penn State
Rutgers
Syracuse
Boston College
Miami (OH)
Navy
Connecticut

8. Notre Dame Conference* (name TBD):
Notre Dame
Vanderbilt
Georgia Tech
Missouri
HoustonMaryland
Arkansas
Florida State
Pitt

9. Southeastern Conference
Alabama
Auburn
Tennessee
Georgia
Florida
LSU
Ole Miss
Mississippi State

10. Mid-American Conference
Bowling Green
Kent State
Akron
Toledo
Ball State
OhioNorthern Illinois
Western Michigan
Central Michigan

11. Atlantic Coast Conference
Clemson
NC State
UNC
Duke
Wake Forest
South Carolina
Miami
East Carolina

12. Piedmont Conference
West Virginia
Kentucky
Marshall
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Louisville
Cincinnati
MarylandOhio U


The SEC is still a little heavy, but it's the core of the conference, so oh well. The WAC is relying on Boise State as its headliner, and the MAC doesn't have one, but these conferences seem to make sense to me, and at least for us give us the following:

some geographic reach
some good in-conference competition
another elite name in conference
some cultural affinity (i.e., some that take school seriously)
a long-standing schedule partner
only 1 or 2 potential conference body bag games


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