I'm starting to wonder if when the Big 4 or 5 major conferences finally settle, we'll start to see a migration back to more regional conferences for the smaller schools. The big spread out conferences may work for the leagues with big money. But I can't see it continuing to work for the smaller leagues.
I've proposed, dissolving the NCAA, going to 12 10 team geographically based conferences, played round robin, winner gets an auto-invite into the 16 team playoff, and the rankings decide seeding, and the 4 wild card teams.
The economics of coast to coast athletic conferences for college just aren't there to justify it. The financial hardships this country will have in 20 years, and the population shifts doesn't bode well for universities.
We'd bump up a few of the larger FCS schools so Montana and the Dakotas have a rep, and bump down the poor attendance small schools like Toledo, Bowling Green, Ball St. etc.
The TV contracts would be negotiated as a whole, and games could be doled out to markets regionally as they choose. The need to go undefeated which kills off great OOC games, is done away with. You just need to win your regional conference and you're in. Then there's 4 wild card spots to go to the highest ranked non-conference winners.