I am not a proponent of the BCS system. I feel Division 1 Football (FBS or whatever they call it) should have a playoff system as well as a cap or limit of teams allowed to qualify as D-1. Apparently the NCAA allowed the following powerhouse schools to jump up to D-1 over the next 3 years:
2. Texas - San Antonio
3. Texas State
(That will be 12 teams in Texas ALONE).
So I threw out all the conferences and assigned teams to conferences based on geography for the most part, or ease in making divisions work in the other part. Here's a list of conferences and teams as I reassigned them.
UL - Monroe
UL - Lafayette
(Florida had 7 teams and Louisiana had 5, so that was my thinking here. Plus, Miami doesn't have "Florida" in the name, and the speed of Louisiana players matches Florida players, for the most part).
Big 12 (12)
(This is more of an east-west conference than a north-south conference, but it accomplished what I set out to do - collaborate disparate geographical pockets of teams into one conference because they didn't fit anywhere else).
Big East (8)
Miami – OH
(The Big East had 8 slots, and Ohio had 8 teams. Perfect).
Big Ten (11)
(I didn't really want to include the Virginia teams here, but I ran out of room for them otherwise. Originally, I had Army and Navy in this conference, but I didn't want to leave UVA and VT as independents. Doesn't Penn State look right at home here?).
Conference USA (12)
New Mexico State
(This didn't turn out as neatly as I had hoped geographically speaking, but since it's closer from Albuquerque to El Paso than some of the other Texas cities, I folded New Mexico into Texas. Word is Texas politicians would like to fold New Mexico into Texas as well. Now when Texas complains about their conference brothers, they are committing fratricide against fellow Texans.)
(Leaving Army and Navy out of conferences allows a savvy AD to schedule weak teams to pump up their records. Hawaii, on the other hand, was just a geographic leftover. Don't they play an extra game each year anyway - or used to?)
Mid-American Conference (13)
(This one threw me off at first because the MAC East had one more slot than the MAC West. Then I realized it was like Touchdown Jesus waving Notre Dame into their conference. Done!)
Mountain West Conference (9)
(This is the conference that screams perfection, at least to me. Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Aren't they all next to each other - well, except Wyoming? They all have mountains, that's for sure.)
(This is one of the thrown together conferences. North Carolina had 5 teams, but South Carolina only had 2. I looked around and Mississippi had 3. Awesome).
(Hmm, well don't get all crazy about me separating Oklahoma from Texas. They've been apart before. Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma are all connected to each other. I would have put Mississippi in the other division, but they had too many teams.)
Sun Belt (9)
(The states all touch each other. Good enough for me).
Western Athletic Conference (9)
San Diego State
San Jose State
(Correct me if I'm wrong, but Nevada is a lot closer to most of California than Arizona. It just works. I could have added Hawaii and put them back into the PAC-10, but then I would have had to leave Missouri or Nebraska as an independent).
So what did I learn from my glorious experiment that wasted a lot of time? If the conferences were organized geographically, it would be pretty hard to do. The rich teams stayed rich and the poor teams got walked over. There were at least 10 teams at the end of the simulated season with 12-10 wins and an equal number of cellar dwellers.
My personal opinion about the 120 team limit is that you have a limit of D-1 programs and kick members out or add members based on performance, attendance and facilities. I have a feeling San Jose State and Utah State wouldn't be long for D-1 if that was the case. But the main reason for having 120 teams is having 12 divisions of 10 teams. That way you have a nice and neat 16 team playoff with the 12 division champions and 4 at-large teams.
I know EA Sports won't put a playoff option into the game for fear of pissing off the NCAA. Anyway, that's it. Thoughts? Questions?