Divisions complicate the already complicated world of college football, so SB Nation has spent the better part of this week coming up with ways to get rid of them.
First was the SEC, then the Big Ten, and now they've mapped out how to stop the enterprise for every Power 5 conference. The all-important conference title games remain, but scrapping divisions theoretically preserves rivalries while generating more schedule balance from year to year.
For the 14-team conferences, the idea is for each team to play three or four rivals annually and rotate everyone else. Since the Pac-12 doesn't have as many members, the plan revolves around using a series of "pods."
Here's how it works:
- UCLA-USC and Cal-Stanford have to stay annual, but all four California teams could be considered rivals.
- The Pacific Northwest has two state rivalries and one other big rivalry, Oregon-Washington.
- The Mountain's four teams are kind of lumped together, but that group includes the Territorial Cup and Colorado-Utah (60 all-time meetings), plus Arizona's played Colorado and Utah a combined 57 times.
So the Oregon Ducks get Oregon State, Washington and Washington State every year, and still play the other teams three out of every four years. There could even be a trophy for the winner of each pod separate from the Pac-12 title.
It gets a little more complicated when it comes to the rotation, with the site proposing to base it on the previous year's conference standings.
It's not likely to happen, but is an interesting idea to say the least.