Saturday, September 22, 2012

124 Division I College Football Teams! Stop it!

Currently there are 124 Division I College Football teams.  Last year there were 120, enough already.  Division I should not be expanding, it should be contracting.

Think about it, Eastern Michigan and Middle Tennessee are in the same division as Alabama and USC.  This is wrong on many levels.  College football should not have more than 60 teams in the same division.

College football should have several tiers and these tiers should be divided up by how well teams recruit and perform over a three year period.  Every three years a certain amount of teams that finished with the worst records in their conference will drop down a tier, and the same amount of teams that finished at the top of their conference will move up.

So, with this model, a team like Indiana, who has sucked it up for the last ten years or so would move down to Tier 2, and a team like Ohio University, who has been tearing up the MAC would move up to Tier 1.

This model would help motivate players in Tier 2 to perform well to propel their team to the Tier 1 level.  It would also help teams with recruiting who are on the cusp of moving up a tier.

There could also be stipulations where the team that wins the Tier 2 and Tier 3 playoffs automatically moves up a tier the following year replacing the worst placed finishing teams in Tier 1 and Tier 2.

I don't understand how the NCAA can keep adding schools to Division I and expect to keep competition at a high level.

With teams winning by more than 50 points each week, there isn't enough balance to to put a quality product on the field.  Fans are shelling out over $100 per game to watch Alabama play Western Kentucky, this is hi-way robbery.

Depending on how many Tiers that are created there would be ways to prevent these match-ups from ever happening.  Tier 1 teams could only be allowed to play other Tier 1 teams and Tier 2 teams.  Tier 2 teams would be able to play Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.  Tier 2 could play up a tier or down a tier too. and Tier 4 would only be able to play Tier 3 and Tier 4.

It is time for a change in college football.  We need a 16 team playoff in each tier and we need anywhere between three and four tiers to divide up all of these uncompetitive, pathetic teams.  

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