"The Bench Press"

The Bench Press is back for another outstanding performance. It has been nominated for three Oscars already and of course AA isn't satisfied with that. Who needs Chip Brown when you have Alex Anderson? Here is AA's take on what should be done in the conference expansion situation.

What's up Vol sheep? I'm back serving up below average writing, decent jokes and ignorant analysis. Well, it appears conference expansion has been put on hold for the time being. I personally believe it is just a matter of time before we have four super conferences and a season that culminates in an NFL style playoff.

I would not be shocked to see these 64 or 80 teams, whatever the number may be, secede from the NCAA and police and govern themselves. Today, I will give you what I believe this new league will look like.

First off, we have to give this new league a name. Since I really have no tolerance for the weaklings of college football we will call this league "Big Boy Football."

In the Big Boy Football League (BBFL) I think you will see four 16-team leagues - The Big North made up of Big 10 teams, a few Big East teams, and Notre Dame with the SEC made up of current SEC teams, and a few Big XII teams and the Big West, made up of current Pac 10 teams and current Big 12 teams, and mountain-based schools. And, finally, the Coastal Plains League made up of ACC schools, Big 12, and Big East teams. Here is how I believe they will look:

The Big North

North Division

Michigan

Minnesota

Michigan St

Wisconsin

South Division

Ohio St

Cincinnati

Purdue

Indiana

East Division

Penn St.

Pittsburgh

West Virginia

Syracuse

West Division

Nebraska

Notre Dame

Iowa

Illinois

The SEC

North

Kentucky

Tennessee

Georgia

Missouri

East

Auburn

Alabama

Ole Miss

Miss St.

West

Texas AM

Oklahoma St.

Arkansas

Kansas

South

LSU

Florida

Florida St.

Miami

The Coastal Plains League

North

Rutgers

Virginia Tech

UConn

Boston College

East

North Carolina

North Carolina State

Wake Forrest

Virginia South

Wake

South Carolina

Clemson

Georgia Tech

West

Iowa St.

Kansas St

Louisville

South Florida

The Big West

North

Washington

Boise State

Oregon

Oregon State

South

USC

UCLA

Arizona

Arizona St

Mountain

Colorado

Stanford

Cal

Utah

East

Texas

Oklahoma

Texas Tech

TCU

We had to remove some dead weight. Schools like Vanderbilt, which does not even try to succeed in football, did not make the cut. I also relocated some teams out of their current leagues, i.e., South Carolina. My belief here was that if the BBFL secedes from the NCAA they will basically be one giant entity who negotiates contracts as such.

It really will not matter what league you are in as every team will earn equal revenue from TV contracts, similar to how the SEC is set up already. Obviously, this list is not perfect and would have to be tweaked but this is just to give you a general idea of the layout of the BBFL.

Some of you may be saying, "Conference X is way too easy?" Well, on paper, yes some may appear a little easier, but you have to remember if the top 64 teams secede to form a super league, nearly ALL of the great high school players will go to these schools. With the parity we see now in college football with 119 teams, imagine cutting that in half.

Now that we have four conferences of 16 teams each, what comes next? Glad you asked. If you will notice I divided the conferences into four team divisions.

The BBFL will have playoffs. The playoff will be determined like so: The winner of each division will square off in a final four for the conference title. The champion of each of the four conferences will square off in a final four for the national championship.

Example:

SEC North Vs SEC South

SEC West Vs SEC East

The winners play in the SEC Championship. This same format is used in each conference. Like it or not, I have a feeling this is where we are headed over the next decade.

Personally, I find this stuff very interesting and I think this format would be good for the teams involved (maybe not the ones on the outside). It will increase parity, which is the key to building a strong sport in my opinion.

Email me: AlexAnderson1985@gmail.com


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