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In order to minimize teams being left out, the official 4 team NCAA play-off would only guarantee a spot to these 4 conference champions if the champion had 1 or less losses. So, for example, if a conference champion had 2 or more losses, then, and only then, would the selection committee come into play to either pass that champion into the final 4 or take a wild card team instead.
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Division E1: UGA, USC, Vandy
Division E2: FLA, Tenn, Missouri, KY
Division W1: Bama, Auburn, Arkansas
Division W2: LSU, Ole Miss, Miss St, TX A&M
The teams in Divisions E1 and E2 play 6 games vs each other every year. They play a 7th game vs their permanent rival. The same set-up is used in Divisions W1 and W2.
The 8th conference game is a “flex game”. The “flex game” is played 2 Saturdays after Thanksgiving.
In the “flex game” the first place team in Division E1 plays the first place team in Division W1. Second vs. Second. Third vs. Third. The same set-up will be used in the other 2 divisions. The host divisions for the “flex games” are predetermined on a rotating basis.
Regardless of rotation, the last place team of Division E2 will always play the last place team of Division W2 due to uneven numbers of teams.
The winners of the two “first place flex games” will meet the following week in the Championship Game.
Permanent Rivals: Same as current SEC match-ups (i.e. UGA and Auburn, Bama and Tennessee, etc.)
If the ACC/Big XII made an alliance as indicated below, this would pave the way for a true 16 team play-off. (Assume Pac 12 and B1G also divide into 4 divisions similar to example above for SEC)
Example of 16 team play-off from 2012:
UGA, FLA, Bama, and LSU from the SEC.
FSU, K-state, Oklahoma, Pitt from the ACC/Big XII
Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio St., Penn St from the B1G
Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, So Cal from the Pac 12
(Teams unfortunately left out for not winning a division: Notre Dame, TX A&M, S. Carolina, Clemson, L-ville)
Would the following ACC/Big XII play-off deal save the two leagues from further poaching?
A six year deal for football only with the option to continue.
Division A: Miami, FSU, GT, CU, NCST, Wake
Division B: TX, TX Tech, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, OK State
Division C: UVA, VT, WVU, Pitt, BC, Syracuse
Division D: UNC, Duke, L-Ville, Iowa St, Kansas, K-State
7 Conference Games plus 1 “flex game”. The “flex game” is played 2 Saturdays after Thanksgiving. The host divisions for the “flex games” are predetermined on a rotating basis.
In the “flex game” the first place team in Division A plays the first place team in Division B. Second vs. Second, so on and so forth. Last vs Last. The same set-up will be used in the other 2 divisions.
All TV money generated from games played in ACC stadiums will go to the ACC. All TV money generated from games played in Big 12 stadiums will go to the Big 12.
Permanent Rivals (set-up to maximize TV money and in some cases regional rivalries):
FSU - Texas
Miami - Oklahoma
Clemson – VA Tech
NCST - UNC
Wake – Duke
K-State - OK State
Pitt – L-Ville
GT – UVA
Iowa St - TCU
BC - Baylor
WVU - TX Tech
Kansas - Syracuse