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ESPN Writer Re-Imagines College Football Landscape With "Perfect" 16-Team Super Conferences

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Every few years, conference realignment rolls around as a big topic. This year, the discussion on the possibility of the Big 12 expanding, and the various programs that may be potential additions. To this point, conference realignment has happened one piece at a time, but what if we blew everything up and built five 16-team super conferences? ESPN's Ryan McGee examined that (unlikely) possibility, rearranging the existing landscape to create what he believes is the "perfect" 5x16 alignment.

">@ESPNMcGee realigns college football with five 16-team leagues. Group of 5 loves him. https://t.co/o9tk4Oq6cQ

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg)

Forget 4 super conferences. @ESPNMcGee realigns college football with five 16-team leagues. Group of 5 loves him. https://t.co/o9tk4Oq6cQ

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) May 9, 2016

">May 9, 2016

This bumps the ranks of college football's "haves" from 64 (or 65, including Notre Dame) to 80, so you have some interesting inclusions. Notably:

  • The ACC snatches up West Virginia and adds UConn, adding to the old Big East flavor of the league. All but one of the programs in McGee's proposed "Northern Division" were once Big East programs.
  • The Big 12 becomes the Big 16 adding BYU and a host of Southwestern Group of Five teams. 
  • The Big Ten once again refuses to change its name to something that makes sense, but does land the biggest fish out there, reeling in Notre Dame.
  • The Pac-12 bumps up to the Pac-16, notably adding Boise State.
  • The SEC takes upstart Memphis, and adds a North Carolina school, although McGee's first option (Charlotte) has to be the most interesting addition in the entire exercise. We wouldn't expect the 49ers to start competing with 'Bama anytime soon. 

McGee's scenario is highly unlikely, but these debates are always fun. What do you think of McGee's moves?

[ESPN]