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FBS Playoff Expansion & Realignment
fightingsioux4life posted a topic in NCAA NewsThere are 130 college football teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). While they are all in the same categorical classification, there are two very different groups of conferences within the FBS: The Power 5 Conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and SEC) and the Group of 5 Conferences (AAC, C-USA, MAC, MWC and Sun Belt). There are also 7 independents (Army, BYU, Notre Dame, Liberty, New Mexico State, UMass-Amherst and UConn). It is obvious that the P5 and G5 schools have little to nothing in common with each other in every important metric (TV money, facilities and other resources, national exposure, etc). It is obvious that the G5 schools have nothing to gain by being in the same subdivision as the P5 schools. They will likely never qualify for the College Football Playoff (even if it expanded significantly). They would be much better off in their own subdivision with schools that have more in common with each other. And there is a concern in some circles that the College Football Playoff is inadequately small at four teams. So here is what a potential realignment of FBS may look like, along with playoff expansion: Power 5 Conferences (67 teams) ACC (14) Big 12 (10) Big 10 (14) Pac-12 (12) SEC (14) Ind. (3) Army, BYU, Notre Dame Group of 5 Conferences (63 teams) AAC (11) C-USA (14) MAC (12) MWC (12) Sun Belt (10) Ind. (4) Liberty, New Mexico State, UMass-Amherst, UConn Big Eight Bowl Games Peach Fiesta Cotton Orange Rose Sugar Outback Gator P5 Playoffs 8 teams (12% of P5 teams) The 5 Conference Champions get autobids, with three at-large bids. Top four seeds host bottom four seeds in quarterfinal games (8 at 1, 7 at 2, 6 at 3, 5 at 4). Quarterfinal winners advance to P5 Semifinals (hosted by two of the Big Eight Bowl Games). Quarterfinal losers advance to two other “consolation” Big Eight Bowl Games. Semifinal winners meet for P5 National Championship. G5 Playoffs 8 teams (13% of G5 teams) The 5 Conference Champions get autobids, with three at-large bids. Top four seeds host bottom four seeds in quarterfinal games (8 at 1, 7 at 2, 6 at 3, 5 at 4). Quarterfinal winners advance to G5 Semifinals (hosted by two of the Big Eight Bowl Games). Quarterfinal losers advance to two other “consolation” Big Eight Bowl Games. Semifinal winners meet for G5 National Championship. Big Eight Bowl Games are placed into a rotation involving the P5 and G5 semifinal bowl games and the P5 and G5 “consolation” bowl games. P5 and G5 championship games are stand-alone games separate from the bowls. The other bowl games can continue operating as they do now, accepting both P5 and G5 teams. Scholarship Levels With the split of FBS into two divisions, here are some possible scholarship levels for each of the divisions (P5, G5, FCS, Division 2, Division 3). 100 – P5 80 – G5 60 – FCS 40 – Division 2 0 – Division 3 Feel free to discuss, debate or flame away!