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Old 03-31-2021, 02:59 PM   #91
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Inspired by UCats, I decided to split my plausible 16 team conference scenario into two 8 team divisions, which are each split again into 4 team groups.

I could see each team playing the other 3 teams in their group every year, 3 of 4 from the other group, and 3 of 8 from the other division. This format keeps a lot of rivalries together in groups that play every year, and they are somewhat geographically condensed. You could even do a 4 team playoff in each conference between group winners (I know none of this will ever happen, just fun to think about).

In this edition, UC joins the ACC along with Buffalo, forming a group with Louisville and Pitt. Notre Dame stays independent. James Madison gets called up from Division 2.
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:40 AM   #92
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Inspired by UCats, I decided to split my plausible 16 team conference scenario into two 8 team divisions, which are each split again into 4 team groups.

I could see each team playing the other 3 teams in their group every year, 3 of 4 from the other group, and 3 of 8 from the other division. This format keeps a lot of rivalries together in groups that play every year, and they are somewhat geographically condensed. You could even do a 4 team playoff in each conference between group winners (I know none of this will ever happen, just fun to think about).

In this edition, UC joins the ACC along with Buffalo, forming a group with Louisville and Pitt. Notre Dame stays independent. James Madison gets called up from Division 2.
What makes you think UC and Buffalo would get an ACC invite before West Virginia? Academics?
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What makes you think UC and Buffalo would get an ACC invite before West Virginia? Academics?
Yeah, academics. If there are only 1 or 2 spots available in the ACC (depending on Notre Dame), I think the ACC might want to stay within its academic reputation. Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities, and UC, UCF, and USF are all large research oriented institutions. Even if they want to go for money, UCF probably has more potential than West Virginia since it has the largest enrollment in the country.

Based on academics alone, I think the order is Buffalo, UC, USF, UCF, West Virginia.

Based on revenue potential alone, I'd say UCF, UC, West Virginia, USF, Buffalo.

Geographically, UC would give Louisville a partner and Buffalo gives Syracuse a partner. West Virginia is a in a good central location. Even though Florida St and Miami are both in Florida, they are very far apart. So really any of these schools fit geographically.

A wildcard pick could be UMass to pair with Boston College. They also have strong academics.
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Old 04-03-2021, 01:05 PM   #94
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If the Big 12 breaks up, I think our only chance is the ACC. Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas, and Iowa St will look much more attractive to the SEC and Big Ten than we will (the reasons against Iowa St to the Big Ten also apply to us).

If the Big 12 doesn't break up, we could have a decent chance to land anywhere. The Big 12 could definitely pick us up, and the Big Ten wouldn't have any more available schools that fit their model. If they want 16 teams, they'd have to consider non-AAU and non-land grant universities like us. We could be an SEC option too.
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