Realignment, I would rather watch this

Not gonna happen... Start from scratch. Divide the country into 5 regions: Atlantic, South, Midwest, Southwest & Pacific. Use geography. Put the best 14 schools in each conference. 2-7 team divisions. 9 conference games. Conferences can decide if they need cross-division rivalries or all the Cal schools need to play each other or not. Out of conference, game 10 is against another BCS conference, 11 is FBC, 12 is FCS.

North South
Boston College Maryland
Syracuse Virginia
Connecticut Virginia Tech
Rutgers North Carolina
Penn State North Carolina State
Pittsburgh Duke
West Virginia Wake Forest


9 states in the East along the Atlantic anchored by 4 NC schools & Buffalo, Boston, NYC, Pittsburgh, DC, Baltimore, Charlotte markets. 10 acc schools, 3 big east, 1 big ten.


East West
South Carolina Tennessee
Clemson Vanderbilt
Georgia Alabama
Georgia Tech Auburn
Florida Mississippi
Florida State Mississippi State
Miami South Florida


6 states in the South anchored by 4 FL schools & Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Nashville markets. 9 sec schools, 4 acc, 1 big east.


Big 14
South North
Texas Oklahoma
Texas A&M Oklahoma State
Texas Christian Kansas
Texas Tech Kansas State
Baylor Missouri
Arkansas Nebraska
Louisiana State Colorado


8 states in the southwest anchored by 5 TX schools & New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver markets. Comprised of 6 SWC teams in South & 7/8 Big 8 teams. 10 big 12 schools, 3 sec, 1 pac-12.


Big Ten
South North
Ohio State Michigan
Cincinnati Michigan State
Kentucky Northwestern
Louisville Wisconsin
Indiana Minnesota
Purdue Iowa
Illinois Iowa State


8 states in the midwest anchored by Mi-Oh & Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis markets. 11 big ten schools, 2 big east, 1 sec.


North South
California UCLA
Stanford USC
Oregon Arizona
Oregon State Arizona State
Washington Utah
Washington State BYU
Boise State UNLV


7 states closest to the Pacific anchored by 4 CA schools & Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, LA, Bay Area markets. 11 pac-12 schools, 2 mwc, 1 ind.  Boise St & UNLV fill in the ID & NV footprint & are only 2 non-FBS teams to be promoted. Central Florida, Houston, ECU are the next 3 that missed out on the BCS party.

4 leftovers go into non-BCS conferences. Best 1s in the East play in C-USA.


East West
Central Florida Memphis
ECU Tulane
Marshall Houston
UAB Rice
Southern Miss SMU
Louisiana Tech Tulsa


Southern teams into the Sun Belt.


Sun Belt
East West
Florida Atlantic LA-Lafayette
Florida International LA-Monroe
South Alabama Arkansas State
Troy North Texas
Middle Tennessee Texas State
Western Kentucky UTSA


Northeast/midwest teams go in the MAC.


East West
Massachusetts  Toledo
Buffalo Bowling Green
Temple Eastern Michigan
Kent State Central Michigan
Akron Western Michigan
Ohio Ball State
Miami Northern Illinois


12 most western teams are in the WAC.


Mountain West
UTEP Idaho
New Mexico Nevada
New Mexico State San Jose State
Colorado State Fresno State
Wyoming San Diego State
Utah State Hawaii

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