When Clay Travis isn’t trying to uncover Alabama players suit shopping habits on his new website, he’s occasionally providing us with interesting topics of discussion. Today he did just that. Clay penned a ten point argument for why there should be more conference vs conference challenges in NCAA football – similar to what we see with a few leagues in NCAA basketball. The idea would be a seasonal rotation of challenges between the SEC, PAC 12, Big Ten and the ACC, but seeing as how the Big Ten and the ACC are pretty boring, Clay used the SEC and PAC 12 as the guinea pigs in his experiment.
The appeal of such an idea is pretty straight forward – fans love to talk about being in the best conference, therefore they would certainly tune in to a game to based on conference pride, more viewers translates to more dollars. The biggest downside I can see is that big teams are already shying away from any real competition in the out of conference schedule, as an early year loss can put your team out of the running for a National Title. But now that the Debt Ceiling thing is over, hopefully congress can get around to finally mandating an NCAA football playoff.
Here’s how next years match ups between the SEC and Pac 12 would look, if Clay Travis ran the world:
12: Colorado vs. Ole Miss
11: Washington State vs. Vandy
10: UCLA vs. Kentucky
9: Cal vs. Auburn
8: Oregon State vs. Mississippi State
7: Arizona vs. Tennessee
6: Washington vs. Florida
5: Utah vs. Georgia
4: Arizona State vs. South Carolina
3: Stanford vs. Arkansas
2: Southern Cal vs. LSU
1: Oregon vs. Alabama
Some of the games are still pretty “meh,” but overall they would be more enjoyable (and far more watchable) than LSU vs Louisiana-Monroe. Plus, the potential of a USC vs Tennessee would be too much to pass up.
What do you think of the idea? Would you like to see bigger name opponents in the football off season? Is the Pac 12 a good place to start? Personally I would rather watch the SEC beat up on the Big East for a few years, but that’s me.
If you would like to read Clay’s full argument, you can check it out here. I will warn you though, he talks about soccer at the start of the article and nobody enjoys that.