SI's Pat Forde Blew Up College Football Landscape & Terribly Realigned The Conferences
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Sports Illustrated writer Pat Forde used the current pandemic situation to blow up the current college landscape and realign all the conferences...
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The radical realignment highlights:

A 120-school ecosystem, with 11 current FBS members relegated to FCS and one elevated from that level. Congratulations to North Dakota State; condolences to UTEP, Texas State, UTSA, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Bowling Green, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Coastal Carolina, Troy and Liberty. (Relegation/elevation can be revisited every three seasons.)
Ten leagues, each with 12 members, each designed to maximize proximity and reduce travel demands and costs. All current conference structures are broken and reassembled. There are no more than eight Power 5 programs in a single new conference, and no fewer than four. And there are no independents—yes, Notre Dame is in a conference.

In football, each school will play a full round-robin schedule plus one nonconference game (no FCS opponents). The nonconference opponent will be locked in for a minimum of four seasons before there is an opt-out to schedule someone different. There will be no conference championship games.

All 10 conference champions, plus two at-large teams chosen by a selection committee, advance to the expanded College Football Playoff. The teams are seeded by the committee. The top four receive a first-round bye, while seeds 5–8 host seeds 9–12 at their home stadiums the first weekend of December. Quarterfinals are played the next week at the home stadiums of seeds 1–4. The semifinals and championship game are conducted under the current CFP format.

There still will be bowl games for the teams that don’t make the CFP. Just fewer of them, which nobody should mind.

Thoughts? Should this happen?

(Barstool Sports)
Filed Under: NCAA Football

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27 Comments
Arkansas might win a conference game.
Reply1 month
Against who???
1 month
With LSU, auburn m, and bama?? Lul
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Did Clemson come up with this? They got rid of the only programs that have a chance to compete with them down the road, FSU and Miami. Tennessee's path would certainly be a lot easier. Cajun Field would have a sell-out crowd for the first time in my lifetime.
Reply1 month
now sort it by which division has the most National Champions in it over the last 20 years
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The offseason really sucks.
Reply1 month
you misspelled 'pat forde'
1 month
Deep South doesn’t include the states of Miss, Ala and LA?
Reply1 month
it has uab in it but not auburn, which is further south than uab.
1 month
"Let's not do this", i.e. give Pat Forde any attention here.
Reply1 month
My eyes can't unsee it. Oh, and frick Pat Forde.
Reply1 month
What a shitty fricking idea
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What a jackass, throws out teams just so it'll fill out his fantasy. Say what you want about some of those, but to kick a successful G5 school like Troy out shows how stupid he is.
Reply1 month
This is stupid.
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I’ve said it before an I’ll say it again......Pat Forde can lick my balls
Reply1 month
So...it’s soccer....very original.
Reply1 month
This looks guaranteed to make sure only one SEC West team makes it to the playoff and to guarantee that Notre Dame is in every year. What a surprise.
Reply1 month
Sure, let's just play
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Hell to the no...
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Clemsons schedule got easier ??
Reply1 month
No old dominion is in there and Ecu
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I see Big Schnoz's alma mater is in a weak as water conference. Mizzou's tough game of the year would be Wisky.
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How is UAB, thUGA, and the Atlanta institute of frickery in the Deep South, but Auburn isn’t? Oh right, forde.
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Tennessee be like FRICK YEAH!
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