What Navy's Schedule Could Look Like in 2020

With TCU's decision to follow the money to the Big East, most sensible minds continue to predict that four mega-conferences will happen. Of course this scenario would most likely not include Navy. So what would happen to the Mids? Who would they play? What would they play for? How about a chance to meet Air Force in the final of a 16-team playoff at Cowboys Stadium? That sounds just fine to me.

It would take me way too long to describe each decision that went into which school would fall where. Just know that I didn't put too much thought into moves like taking Wake Forest down a level. I just thought of their small size (about 4,000 students) and very recent struggles and figured they wouldn't mind a bump down…as long as it came with a chance to play for something. That too was my rationale for Navy. There is no way the Naval Academy will be invited to join one of the four mega-conferences…well, let's just say it would be a long shot. I think Navy fans wouldn't mind a move to a lower-tier league if it came with the opportunity to host a playoff game – which would be so much better than going to the Military Bowl Game. All of their important rivalries would still be in place and the schedule wouldn't look that much different than their current one.

I'm sure there are a lot of problems with this design, mainly because it only took me a few hours to put together. However, it's still better than the current set-up…

 

NCAA BCS LEAGUE

EASTERN CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Southeast Division: Maryland, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Louisville and West Virginia.

Northeast Division: Pitt, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Penn State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, UCONN, and Boston College.

CENTRAL CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Northern Division: Michigan, Kansas, Kansas State, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Southern Division: Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and TCU.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Southeast Division:  Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Clemson.

Southwest Division: Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Northwest Division: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, BYU, and Hawaii.

Southwest Division: Utah, USC, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, and San Diego State.

 

NCAA BCS-2 LEVEL

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Mid-Atlantic Division: Army, NAVY, Villanova, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Temple, Buffalo, and Marshall.

Sunshine Division: South Florida, UCF, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, UAB, Troy, Western Kentucky, and Appalachian State.

CENTRAL CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Mid-East Division: Miami (OH), Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, and Central Michigan.

Mid-West Division: Purdue, Indiana, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Iowa State, Ball State, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Oil Belt Division: Baylor, Tulsa, Houston, UTEP, Rice, SMU, North Texas, and Arkansas State.

Cajun Division: Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, and Grambling.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (16 teams)

Frigid Division: Eastern Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Fresno State, San Jose State, Minnesota, and North Dakota State.

Cold Division: UNLV, Northern Arizona, Air Force, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Utah State, Nevada, and Colorado State.

 

Typical Navy Schedule

The Mids schedule would include all seven members of the Mid-Atlantic Division, denoted with an (*) below. It would also include two schools from the Sunshine Division. One game would be against a traditional rival on the NCAA ‘BCS-2' level which for Navy would always be Air Force. And the final two games would be against NCAA ‘BCS' level opponents at neutral sites. If the Midshipmen had a good year, they would qualify for the playoffs.

@ Wake Forest (*)                                                                                                                                                         

Penn State (@ Landover, MD)                                                                                                                      

East Carolina (*)                                                                                                                                                              

Temple (*)                                                                                                                                                                            

Buffalo (*)                                                                                                                                                                       

@ Marshall (*)                                                                                                                              

Notre Dame (@ Meadowlands)                                                                                                                          

@ Villanova (*)                                                                                                                                            

Air Force                                                                                                                                    

South Florida (*)                                                                                                                            

@ Appalachian State (*)                                                                                                                              

Army (@ Lincoln Financial Field)

 

Possible Playoff Scenario

Quarterfinals: Central Florida at Navy

Semifinals: Purdue at Navy

Finals: Air Force versus Navy (@ Cowboys Stadium)

 


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