We are currently experiencing the post-coaching change/National Signing Day, pre-Spring practice lull in the college football season.
That means it is time to entertain Crazy College Football Offseason Ideas! What the hell else are we gonna do, watch the Winter Olympics? Please.
I'm late to this party, but I'm excused. This was the longest college/pro football season I've ever experienced - from August 14 to February 16 - and yes, a week and a half of victory celebrations do count.
However, I know from years of experience that all CCFOIs begin and end with conference realignment.
I only post the SI link because that was the first one I read, not because of any inherent agreement to the premise (though moving to a 64 team Division-I is something I wouldn't mind seeing). But everyone in 16-team conferences?
Nope. Well, not unless the Senator could run it.
Just leave the SEC at 12 and make the rest take whoever. As a matter of fact, let's just say the SEC Champion automatically qualifies for the National Championship game. I mean, as long as we're throwing out ideas...
But the big news (and actions more likely to actually occur) is that the Pac - 10 and the Big 10(11) are (allegedly) hunting Big XII schools to join their conferences.
While some nutcases think Texas might go somewhere, the most reality-based road-maps to Pac-10 expansion run through Utah and Colorado.
The Big 10(11) is apparently after either Texas, Nebraska or Missouri. Again, good luck getting Texas to go anywhere. The Huskers are a bit of a stretch, but Mizzou would fit right in to fill out the Midwestern dozen. If the Tigers jump ship, there is hope that Arkansas would bail on several million SEC dollars a year, allowing the SEC to add Clemson. Then, of course, the ACC has to go looking for a member somewhere.
The mental excercises are fun, but what this assumes is that major schools are going to jump ship from their conferences, and the conference at the bottom of this ladder appears to be the Big XII. I wonder why that is.