New, improved conference championships coming your way soon

I love the way this is phrased:

ACC officials have voted to send the NCAA’s Board of Directors “a piece of legislation that would grant the conferences the flexibility to determine who played in their football championship game,” ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Anything goes.  Let a thousand conference championship formats bloom!

They’ll tell you with a straight face that this is for the fans, but it’s really about jockeying for the four-team playoffs.  As well as keeping the extra cash generated by a conference title game.

… Under the current structure, the NCAA requires that each conference have an equal number of teams in each division, and every team must play each opponent in its own division. Should the NCAA lighten its restrictions, conferences would have the option to change the format.

I bet Nick Saban has a few ideas about how to game that.

The conferences could change their formats every year, I supposed based on the perception of the strength of their teams in the preseason.  Why not?  Shoot, once the playoffs expand past four, the conferences will be even more motivated to jigger their title arrangements.  If they guess wrong, it’s not like they won’t get paid anyway.

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7 responses to “New, improved conference championships coming your way soon

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    ‘Hmmmm. How can we get more teams in big payout bowls?’
    ‘Well, we did things this way last year.’
    ‘So, that was last year.’

  2. uglydawg

    Preface to this chapter of grasping at straws…”The best laid plans of mice and man do ofen go awry”.
    There will be a shooting war before this thing gets settled.

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    I am sooooo thrilled the conferences are interested in improving the fan experience, you guys are soooo jaded.

  4. AusDawg85

    Legends and Losers divisions. At the conclusion of each season, teams will be divided into one of these two divisions. Legends division members will automatically be tied for the conference championship. Tech will be assigned permanent status to the Losers division. The world’s smallest outdoor cocktail party in Charlotte will host a meet & greet for fans and the Legends teams. That’s it…no game, just photo op.

  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Oh, gooooood!!! So maybe now we can have Bama play Auburn for the SEC West and if Bama loses the Tide can play Auburn again in the SECCG. Then, if the right team wins, the Tide can play Auburn again in the first round of the Playoff.

  6. AmericusDawg

    This sounds like NASCAR … who changes their rules when they want to and the drivers (players) or fans can’t do a damn thing about it.

  7. Chuck

    There should be eight 10-team conferences in the top level of college football. Every team should play the other 9 in their conference. The best conference record should be the conference champion. No championship games. The 8 conference winners enter a playoff for the Natl Championship. Easy, clean…except for determining which 45 teams get the boot from the top level.