A while back, a bunch of really good SBNation writers (who are unfortunately no longer at SBNation) had a piece about replacing divisions with permanent rivals. They called them pods but are implemented slightly differently from the pods various SEC proposal you see out there. Jaime came up with a bunch of options, but I wanted to show how the permanent rivals setup works better for the scheduling arrangement between the PAC-12 and Big XII.
The permanent rivals model for a 14 team league setup a 3 other schools for a permanent rival and 5 games against the other 10 schools every other year for an 8 game conference schedule. The 20 team league setup would instead have 4 permanent rival schools and 5 games against the other 15 schools every 3 years for a 9 game conference schedule.
|Arizona State||Texas Tech||UCLA|
|Kansas State||Oklahoma State|
|Oregon State||Washington State|
What I like about this setup as opposed to the ones that Jaime proposed is that a school like Colorado can play their old Big 8 schools without forcing the other members of a pod to play the same schools. From a TCU perspective, playing Utah brings back MWC memories and the game against Kansas State/TCU game tends to get good TV ratings for whatever reasons so playing that every year is good. What do you guys think?