Major football drives the bus for athletic departments at major universities. It’s no surprise then that all of the current BCS conference teams (and all of the asterisked teams below) find themselves in the top 80 of revenue-earning schools. The following 74 are the big winners, elected to the elite alliance of cash-making sports schools. They can make their own rules (unhindered by the NCAA’s overarching rules) and soar to new levels without the struggling or money-losing schools.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples suggested a 64 team system that eliminated the Big 12 and Big East, but I believe that too many people out there care for the individuality and identity of each geographic area’s conferences to blend the entire Super 6 into just four regional conferences. I also don’t think anyone can force Notre Dame into a division, at least not as long as they are financially viable as an independent. I give him a nod for planting this seed into my head.
|Georgia||Michigan State||Georgia Tech||Oregon|
|Miss. State||Northwestern||North Carolina||UCLA|
|Ole Miss||Ohio State||NC State||USC|
|South Carolina||Penn State||Virginia||Utah|
|Vanderbilt||Wisconsin||Wake Forest||Washington State|
|Big 12||Big East||Independents|
|Baylor||Central Florida*||Notre Dame|
|San Diego State*||South Florida|
|Texas Tech||West Virginia|
*These teams would be invited because of strong athletic departments (2008-2009 and 2009-2010 numbers prove each of them to be top 80 revenue-earners) and strong TV markets for their individual conferences and the overall Super 6 contracts. For more explanation on these choices…click.