Creating A Super Group Of Five Football League
Who would make the cut
College athletics was shaken when the Big Ten was able to land USC and UCLA from the Pac-12, and that basically means anything and everything is on the table.
We decided to have some fun on this Fourth of July to create a super conference full of the Group of Five teams. The plan is to have the teams available not in a Power 5 league and that includes future Big 12 members BYU, Houston, UCF, and Cinncinatti.
Also, we want to cap the league at 24 but have a minimum of 16. With geography no longer mattering, this league could theoretically go from Honolulu to West Point, New York with Hawaii and Army.
For some 4th of July fun.
Drop us your ideas for a super G5 league.
Let's just assume that all of the current/future P5 stay where they are.
Let's go between 16-24 team league.
— Mountain West Wire (@MWCwire) July 3, 2022
Here is one great response we received from our Twitter call-out by going with the best TV markets.
Add UTSA . Great potential market. Southern Miss if they get their act together in Sunbelt. And Jackson State if they commit to what Prime has started. Rabid fans and huge potential in college sports crazed Mississippi.
— Bill Evans (@npkveg) July 4, 2022
Here is our 24-team league
Setting up geographic divisions is a bit tricky but just go with it. We did our best to keep teams within their own area and not have way too much travel, plus a lot of wins is a priority and being good teams with a little bit of market size.
- Boise State
- Fresno State
- San Diego State
- Utah State
- Colorado State
- Air Force
- Northern Illinois
- Miami (OH)
- Central Michigan
- Western Michigan
- Louisiana Tech
- Arkansas State
- Coastal Carolina
- Appalachian State
- Western Kentucky
How will a champion be crowned?
One creative way would be to have four divisions and do a mini-playoff within the league. The conference could start on Week 0 and play eight conference games.
Schools would play their division set of games which is five and then one game from the other three divisions to have the eight league games. Then the team with the best conference record (then whatever tiebreakers after like head-to-head) would pit. No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 with the higher seed being at home.
Then the conference title game also being at the home of the higher seed. Playing at a neutral site would be tricky to get a solid crowd to show up. Having the highest-rated team at home gives them the advantage they deserved by winning and with a (hopefully) full stadium a nice TV product.
Let us know what you think on Twitter about this 24-team super league @MWCWire.