Monday, June 16, 2008

Adding Fuel to the Consolidation Fire

What does a map reflecting the current prices of gas in the U.S. have to do with college football? As fuel costs rise, so do the expenses for college teams. Combine that with the insane salaries paid to coaches, rising college costs other downturns in the economy and you have a recipe for consolidation and — dare we say it — a playoff system.

Tim Stephens of the Orlando Sentinel follows his "Thinning of the Herd" piece with a look at what superconferences could look like in the not too distant future. The BCS would consist of four 16-team leagues, each divided into two eight-team divisions. After conference title games, the four winners of each of the superconferences would advance to a four-team playoff.

The rest of the riff-raff reorganizes into five leagues, hoping that the greedy superconferences one day expand the playoff system to eight teams.

Thanks to Gas Buddy for the snazzy map, which you can click on to examine in detail.


MeatyBob said...

Read the post from Orlando, fine, but what is hilarious is that most of the country is 100% befuddled when it comes to the Texas. Everyone think that Texas is this amazing draw, and they are when they're quite good, but they don't realize that they are the most fair weather fans alive. All it takes is two mediocre seasons in a row, and the fan base reverts to its natural "arrive late, talk amongst yourselves, leave early" IA State-like mentality. Then whatever "lucky" conference is left with a Texas-sized sack of crap not generating TV or bowl revenue at all.

It's Revelations people!

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight, a playoff will make it cheaper for college teams to travel. What about the fans travel expenses? Why would the average fan travel to a neutral site game in an early round with gas prices the way they are? Then, who can afford to keep going to these neutral site games if the team keeps on winning?

Playoffs in DI football are a horrible idea.

scott sargent said...

Intriguing post. It will cost Kent State and Youngstown State a lot more next time they travel to Columbus...

Anonymous said...

Tim Stephens doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. Seriously.