Pods actually work with any even number.
12 team league? Try 4 X 3
what about a 14-team league like the ACC or SEC? YES YOU CAN! What's more, it may actually work BETTER than 4 X 4 (depending on the rivalries you're trying to preserve).
check out these links:
These articles are written for the ACC, but could just as well apply to the SEC (just change the names of the teams).
- 8-game schedule for 14 teams
- play every team in just a 4-year cycle
- play teams in your own pod every year