I made this little chart on the current 124 teams based solely on geography. Then each of the 12 conference champions would play in a seeded tourney. I think the games we'd see if this were the case would be phenomenal.
A few realignment reads for anyone who cares. If not, then move along...right now its all for entertainment value.
1. Summary article of a 4 part Series from Mr SEC. Good stuff if you have the time to read it all. Basically says expect superconferences sooner rather than later with the B10/SEC willing to go 18 or 20 if it makes more money.
2. Frank the Tank gives a few random realignment tidbits, but basically says that he thinks realignment is all just chatter for the near future. Also, expect Creighton in the new Catholic 7 league
FRANK THE TANK'S SLANT
3. One link quoted in the above is from the Chicago Tribune, quoting some who say that the B10 is going to 18 teams.
Northwestern football: Northwestern officials excited about shifting structure of Big Ten, college football - Chicago Tribune
4. Some are looking back to the start of this whole mess back in 2010 where Delany may be targeting a 20 team Big 10 from the start
A 20-team Big Ten? Really? | CollegeFootballTalk
What we believe will happen: At some point the Big XII will grow to at least 12 schools. And if other leagues start collecting schools like trading cards, Bowlsby will have to keep up (even though he won’t see the same financial benefit of those other leagues without his own network). If/when the Big Bang comes, here’s guessing the Big XII becomes a 14-school league and then holds (15 if Notre Dame jumps). One other caveat to throw into Big XII’s expansion plans — most of the people we’ve spoken to believe the conference’s grant of rights agreement will indeed prevent schools like Texas or Oklahoma from leaving anytime soon. But would the league tear up the current deal and cut a new one when the new schools joined? Or would those new schools just be rolled into the current agreement? Ask 10 attorneys and you’ll get 10 different answers.
Yeah, I see the big 12 at 12 plus ND affiliate in the future also. Not want I want to happen, but that is what I see.
If 3 of these consortiums evolve, I would anticipate 8 B12 schools agreeing to merge with the P12 with KU (or ISU) going to the B10 and West Virginia going to the SEC.
The B10 would then grab the 4 AAU schools from the ACC (Duke, UNC, GT, UVa) along with KU and ND (assuming ND would be forced to join a conference in the new superdivision set=up that Mr SEC describes.) The SEC would then add other ACC schools (FSU, Clemson, NC State, VT and either Wake or BC) and West Virginia to get up to 20.
3 20-team conferences have been mentioned by the likes of Gordon Gee and others so don't be shocked if this shakes out.
I anticipate little to no change tomorrow.
San Diego State meeting with Big East; Mountain West talks ongoing - CBSSports.com
Meanwhile, Thompson told CBSSports.com Thursday night he's been talking to SDSU president Elliot Hirshman "probably every day this week" about the dynamics of rejoining the MWC.
A president's vote is not imminent, Thompson said. Once San Diego State and the Mountain West agree to terms, Thompson must get a three-fourths majority vote of acceptance from his membership.
"I think it's cracking pretty well," Thompson said. "The devil's in the details, but no one's saying, 'No, let's shift gears.' They've spoken with CBS, TV consultants, trying to understand the whole TV structure and package."
Three 20 team conferences is not good as far as I'm concerned,four 18 team conferences would be better because in the latter ISU would survive the cut better than in three 20 team conferences.
As long as ISU stays in a conference of AQ status and not on the outside looking in I am okay with whatever happens. I think this **** blows, but money and greed has consumed college sports and will destroy it eventually.