Xenon's Comments

Posted Thursday November 04, 2010, About: BIG EAST > ACC in the past decade
There is one problem with using Bowls as the comparison .... not everyone plays the same level of difficulty in the bowls ...

You point out that the Big East has done better in the bowls ... BUT, the issue is who did the BigEast PLAY in all those Bowl Games ....

Big East is 8-9 against RANKED teams - so 17 games against RANKED bowl opponents. Meanwhile, the ACC is 10-17 or 27 games. So the ACC has played 10 more games against RANKED opponents. Yeah, the BigEast may have won more games percentage wise, but they were EASIER games because more were against UNRANKED opponents.

Likewise, the ACC played 60 games against other BCS, while the BigEast only played 38. So 22 more games against unranked midmajors is not impressive ....
Posted Thursday September 16, 2010, About: Implement Promotion and Relegation for NCAAF.
I like the Idea, but I don't think he has the structure quite right.

I'd structure it like this .....

4 SUPER REGIONAL CONFERENCES ....
NorthEast - Primarily the BigTen and the BigEast, with some MAC teams as well + BC
SouthEast - Primarily the SEC and the ACC, with some SunBelt teams as well
Central - Primarily the BigXII and CUSA and some WAC/MWC teams
Pacific - Primarily the PAC, plus parts of the MWC and the WAC

Each SuperRegionalConference has 25 to 35 regionally located teams. WHAT, conferences of 30+ teams, are you crazy!

NO, each conference is then divided into levels - Elite Level, Power Level, Lower Level(s). Each level has a number of teams that makes sense for the particular sport - For example Football levels would have 9 teams in Elite and Power levels, and then either one or two lower levels of between 8 and 10 teams. In Football, that gives you a balanced 8 game conference schedule with 4 home games and 4 away games. Basketball might have 10 teams in a level. Baseball maybe has 8, Women's Gymnastics has 6, whatever.

At the end of each season, each sport has some "promotion/relegation" process. In football it might be a "Mid Level Bowl Game" that pits the lowest team in the Elite Level against the highest team in the Power Level (and in a low level Bowl Game, the lowest Power level team against the best of the lower level(s)). Winner is in the Elite Division next year, and the loser in the Power level next year. Basketball might have mini-tourney with the two lowest teams from the Elite and the two highest from the Power level playing a round-robin of 3 games, and the two teams with the best record in that 3 game tourney move up. Baseball might have 3 game series. Every sport can figure out what is best for that sport.

And each Sport at each school is independent of the other sports. If you are Duke, you are in the Elite Level in basketball, but only the Power level (or maybe lower) in Football, and Elite in Lacross, but not in swimming (or whatever). Nebraska can be Elite in Football, but only Power in Basketball and Elite Volleyball.

Lots of promotion / relegation WITHIN FBS, but not neccesarily between FBS and FCS
It depends on the other BCS champs....

I think an undefeated BSU deserves to be in the BCSNCG over a undefeated BigEast champ, because the undefeated BigEast champ would have at best 1 or 2 tough game as well. BUT that isn't going to happen since most of the top of the BigEast lost this first weekend. BSU definitely deserves to be in the BCSNCG over a 1 loss Big East champ.

I think an undefeated BCSU MIGHT deserve the Invite to Glendale over a undefeated ACC champ, and definitely does over a 1 loss ACC champ. Might depend on who the ACC champ and how they did against VT. And if it is a 1-loss VT, then BSU deserves it over them since they won head to head.

Yeah, a undefeated SEC, BigXII, BigTen and PAC10 deserve it more, and I think a 1-loss SEC or BigXII champ probably deserves it more. A 1 loss BigTen or 1 loss Pac champ might or might not, it depends on how things pull it out.

So ... I say the throw down statement is wrong ... BSU would deserves it more than SOME teams, but there would also be some other teams what would deserve it more the BSU.
I think the BigXII is in a "holding pattern" .... and waiting to see what the BigTen does ....

IF the BigTen stays at 12, then I think the BigXII-2 will rebuild to 12.

IF the BigTen becomes the B16Ten, then I think the BigXII is finished. Between the B16Ten, a new SEC16, and the PAC16, at least 4 or 5 of the current BigXII-2 will get picked off, and the conference will simply fold up and die.

I think that is exactly what the power players in the BigXII-2 are waiting for ... teams like Texas and Oklahoma and Texas A&M know that they have lots of options. Wait for another 4 to 6 months to see what all those options are, and then pick the best option ... B16Ten, SEC16, PAC16, etc. If the power players really wanted the BigXII to survive long term, they would have invited two teams (well one now and one next year) to "keep up with the Jones" in the BigTen(12) and the PAC12. Staying at 10 is just insuring that the conference will collapse when they leave, meaning THEY won't have to deal with any exit fees or penalties.
I think the BigXII is in a "holding pattern" .... and waiting to see what the BigTen does ....

IF the BigTen stays at 12, then I think the BigXII-2 will rebuild to 12.

IF the BigTen becomes the B16Ten, then I think the BigXII is finished. Between the B16Ten, a new SEC16, and the PAC16, at least 4 or 5 of the current BigXII-2 will get picked off, and the conference will simply fold up and die.

I think that is exactly what the power players in the BigXII-2 are waiting for ... teams like Texas and Oklahoma and Texas A&M know that they have lots of options. Wait for another 4 to 6 months to see what all those options are, and then pick the best option ... B16Ten, SEC16, PAC16, etc. If the power players really wanted the BigXII to survive long term, they would have invited two teams (well one now and one next year) to "keep up with the Jones" in the BigTen(12) and the PAC12. Staying at 10 is just insuring that the conference will collapse when they leave, meaning THEY won't have to deal with any exit fees or penalties.

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