Crimson Kicker8, on 22 November 2012 - 07:27 AM, said:
This was an op-ed illustrating how super conferences COULD be used within a playoff system. It did nothing to illustrate how super conferences were the motive for a playoff system. The true motive I illustrated still stands.
I noticed that you completely ignored the other links that were provided that back up my assertion that these "mega-conferences" are the beginning of a playoff. Here isone of the stories that I linked that uses critical thinking and reasoning to assert that the "mega-conferences" are being instituted as a stepping stone to a playoff and eventually, abolishing the bowl games. This article was posted in May of this year and so far, he has been "spot-on" with some of his predictions.
The Future Of College Football: Playoffs, 16-Team Super Conferences And Notre Dame Joining A Conference
Major changes to the college football landscape got underway in 2010 when we found out Utah and Colorado would be going to the Pac-12 and Nebraska was on its way to the Big Ten.
There have been more shakeups since, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh headed to the ACC, and both the Big 12 and Big East adding some new members as well.
Then came news of a four-team college football playoff beginning in 2014. This is merely the beginning, though.
Further expansion to reach 16-team super conferences, more playoff games, and tons and tons of money all await. (We can thank Florida State's recent flirtation with the Big 12 for starting it back up.)
We've looked at where things stand right now and taken some educated guesses to provide you with what college football may look like in a few years. (Note: we don't think this has ANY chance of happening over night, however.)
Florida State's move to the Big 12 will start the next wave of conference expansion
Ignore all the backpedaling from administrators. Like Texas A&M and Missouri last year, all Florida State needed to do was plant a seed regarding its discontent with the ACC. That part is done.
An FSU-Big 12 marriage makes perfect sense for both parties, and would start off the domino effect once again.
The Big 12 wouldn't stay put at 11 schools, though, so bringing along a Clemson, Miami, Louisville, or all of the above is also likely.
The Big Ten will improve its recruiting base by expanding south and inviting Duke, Georgia Tech, and Maryland
Sure the Big Ten really likes its current setup, but there's no denying where the country's best high school football is concentrated: the South.
Since raiding the SEC or prying Texas away from the Big 12 are not options, the Big Ten will stick to its current formula of great academic institutions with wide fan bases by inviting three major southern schools: Duke, Georgia Tech, and Maryland.
The SEC will become the first 16-team super conference by adding Virginia Tech and North Carolina
Not one to be left behind, the SEC will look at the major ACC schools and add two new states to its TV foot print: Virginia and North Carolina.
Virginia Tech and UNC will make the SEC the first super conference and give it a shot at making $1 billion in TV money.
These moves will force Notre Dame to finally join a conference as a member of the...
In its never-ending quest to match the SEC blow for blow, the Big Ten becomes the second conference to reach 16 members.
Notre Dame joins Duke, Georgia Tech, and Maryland as part of the new foursome.
UND is obsessed with its independence, but with larger conferences leading to fewer out-of-conference games it's no longer as advantageous as it used to be.
The Pac-12 has no schools remotely close by to add, so it stays put
It's funny to think that a potential Pac-16 made up of a bunch of Texas and Oklahoma schools is what got the ball rolling a few years ago, yet it never came to fruition.
Like the current Big Ten, the Pac-12 loves the way things are. But unlike the Big Ten, it has no logical area to expand to.
Even suggesting a Boise State and/or BYU addition is ludicrous, so the Pac-12 remains a 12-team conference
The Big Four (Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12) enter a weird new era of cooperation now that they have no where else to expand.
The haves and have nots of college football will be even more clearly-defined than they currently are with all of these major changes.
Like the recently-announced Big 12-SEC bowl partnership, the four major conferences will come to big agreements regarding the postseason, increased stipends for student-athletes, and more.
The ACC and Big East will be left on life support, forcing them to band together for mere survival.
UConn, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Syracuse, and whatever else is left of the Big East and ACC will for all intents and purposes be discarded.
These two conferences are already considered the weak links in major college football, but with a greater concentration of power things will only get worse for the left overs.
Big TV money and fan excitement will make a college football playoff expand from 4 to 8 teams
Just wait until the major TV networks start fighting for rights to the four-team playoff set to begin during the 2014 season.
Conference commissioners, university presidents, and athletic directors will fall in love with this new revenue stream and want more of it.
We're not saying a 16-team playoff field is completely out of the question, but they'll tinker with eight for a while before getting there.
Another result of TV money? The Big Four will each have their own network as well.
Traditional bowl games will slowly begin to die off
That SEC-Big 12 postseason partnership we mentioned earlier was just the beginning.
The giant success of a college football playoff and not having to adhere to the ridiculous conditions created by third parties, i.e. bowls and their dumb ticket sale requirements, will result in fewer and fewer bowl games.
Throw in rumblings of raising the minimum number of wins required to qualify for a bowl game from six to seven and there doesn't seem to be too much life left in this old system.
It won't die off completely, though. It'll survive in the same way the NIT has in college hoops. Plus, all those MAC and Sun Belt schools need something to do in December.
ALL the power house schools will have their own regional television networks
Texas has one.
Notre Dame will only join a conference if it can do the same (the Big Ten or anyone else would allow it in lieu of their currently exclusive NBC deal).
And schools like Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia could also launch successful TV ventures.
As far as live game programming goes, these networks would carry what's called third-tier games: those that conferences don't televise nationally and already allow individual schools to decide on how to broadcast them.
Coaches' salaries will hit $10 million
Coaching in major college football is a very cut throat, high stakes endeavor filled with giant pay checks.
All the shakeups will only intensify things, resulting in even bigger payouts for the men in charge.
The highest paid coaches currently earn just north of $5 million, expect it to double once everything is said and done.
Edited by Neo, 22 November 2012 - 08:56 AM.