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Old 09-20-2011, 02:25 AM
 
Location: California
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Here's a great article on college football's fan base and realignment, enjoy.
The Geography of College Football Fans (and Realignment Chaos) - NYTimes.com
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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This study seems flawed... It's trying to base this on "fans" doing google searches and comparing that with the TV markets. While it should just be going by the actual TV ratings in the markets.

Who cares how many "fans" each school in what areas? The realignment is not about fans... merchandising, ticket sales, football programs, or any of that. its about tv markets and ratings. What teams get the best ratings across the country, that's what I wanna see a study on. Not who has the most fans... it's info we already know.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Was discussing with a friend the other night and he had a good idea for a football only conference.

Have 4 16 team super-conferences. Each divided into two 8 team divisions. The winner of each 8 team divisions in each conference play for the conference title. The four winners have a two game playoff for the championship. Easy but not anything others haven't thought.

But he added, the team that finishes last in each division, gets RELEGATED to one of the non-super conferences. The winner of one of the other leagues gets promoted in their place.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: The City
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Primier league soccer? ^^^
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: California
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I would still like to see a better playoff system.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: In San Antonio
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I really really dislike this scrabble in college. After all not every college is not equal. Money is the big issue along with geography, only which holds a small percentage, but GEOGRAPHY to me is most important. The rivalry games of past are what make college so great.

Maybe in this aspect Im a traditionalist, but for now I'm glad to here OU and Texas will remain in the Big XII for now.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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Here's a great article on college football's fan base and realignment, enjoy.
The Geography of College Football Fans (and Realignment Chaos) - NYTimes.com

All this realignment is going to really hurt college sports. Traveling all over the country for five or six games a year is not all that big of a proposition. However, when you have student-athletes in all other sports traveling thousands of miles for 15-20 away games, it is going to run up some serious money.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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But he added, the team that finishes last in each division, gets RELEGATED to one of the non-super conferences. The winner of one of the other leagues gets promoted in their place.
There was an article on ESPN.com that suggested this very thing.

I like the idea, if we are throwing away a century's worth of traditions and rivalries anyway, we should get the absolute best in that top class on an annual basis.

The only flaw that I can think if is moving teams up after they have peaked. For example, let's say a team like Toledo is loaded one year. Toledo opens the season with an upset of Ohio State and dominates the MAC, finishes 13-0 and wins their bowl game against a Big East team. Toledo is rewarded by being moved into the top 64.

The problem being, that Toledo team was dominated by seniors and has no hope to compete with the big boys the following season they are moved up. Instead of a respecable 6-6 type season against MAC level competition, they are moved to the BCS calber pod and are drilled every week. You could not really look at Toledo over the course of three years because programs like Toledo rarely become as successful as Boise St. Toledo could have three solid years and get bumped up based on that, but then their stud players graduate just in time for Toledo to get their bump and are again drilled weekly.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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It is true.

Promotion and Relegation actually is an interesting idea for college sports.

Then again, only a few schools could reasonably have a chance to move up.

Now of course TCU and Boise and such little guys didn't always exist no.

But even with scholarship reductions and expansive TV exposure, there is only so much talent and money to go around.

Still I think it would be interesting enough to try out.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If you aren't also going to do something about the ratings system for college teams, why bother with some kind of realignment?
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