Given that the Pac 10 conference is currently in negotiations to finalize its scheduling now that it has expanded to 12 team with the additions of Colorado and Utah, the ThinkTank Panel (of One) would like to revisiting it’s proposal for further Pac -10 expansion.
The sticking issue in the Pac -10 scheduling discussion is that the California teams want o all be in a division together, and the rest of the teams want the California teams split amongst 2 divisions so that they get to play in the state at least once each year in front of California high school recruits.
To rectify this situation, the ThinkTank Panel (of One) humbly suggests reviving the super conference band dream boat and set sail on a Pac-16, one day to be a Pac 20.
First step is to, as the ThinkTank Panel Suggested previously, continue to raid the Mountain West of BYU and Boise State. Since BYU’s attempted departure to football independence and WAC everything else earlier this season, the MWC is on shaky ground. No one really wants to be there. If Boise State ( which is supposed to Join the MWC next year, but at the rate things are going why would they want to) and TCU go undefeated and neither plays for the National Title this year, they will be primed o leave so now is the time to plant the seed. Step 2 is raid the WAC as well, forcing the 2 division to reunite and form a mid major super conference of themselves.
In addition to adding BYU and Boise State, the PAC-10 adds 2 additional California Schools in Fresno State and San Diego State. Now you have 16 teams to go into, wait for it………… four divisions consisting of 4 teams each.
The 4 divisions will be….
NW Division: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, and Oregon State
California Division: California, Stanford, USC, and UCLA …. just like they want it.
South Division: San Diego State, Fresno State, Arizona and Arizona State
New Rocky Mountain Division: Boise State, BYU, Utah, and Colorado
At face value this looks like it will no one outside of the California Division will go for it. But here are the scheduling rules:
Each team plays its 3 division opponents.
Each team plays one team from each of the other 3 divisions on a rotating home/away basis. So you play each non-division team once every 4 years.
And here’s the kicker: Each team plays an additional California Division team away game!!
So that means each team will play 7 regular season conference games. At least 2 against the Classic 4 California Schools, one of which is guaranteed in the State of California. Some years a team may play as 3 away games in front of California high school recruits if you happen to play at San Diego State or Fresno State.
And here’s the second Kicker. A 3 games conference tourney pitting the 4 division winners for the conference title. The championship games to be played at the neutral site of Las Vegas as is expected to be the case with the 12 team format anyway.
Future expansion could lead to a 20 team conference with four 5 team divisions. The key is the 4 divisions instead of 2 allows for division champions to be determined while maintaining a balanced schedule allowing recruiting exposure to the super populous California high schools players.
Colorado will complain because they “demand to be in the same division as USC. But the Pac-10 can drop them for Nevada at the drop of a hat, and bust the Buffs back to the Big 12 or as it will soon known as the Former Republic of Texas Conference, once it picks up TCU, and UTEP or Houston, to replace Missouri and Iowa State who will end up paying $20 million bribe/buy in /registration fees to convince the Big-10 to let them in.