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Outside the Box Big East plan



Assuming it is legit... what if the Big East just said... "our BCS representative will be the team with the best overall, rather than conference, record."  What would be better for the Big East.... 9-3 WVU or 8-4 UConn???  Even a 10-2 Rutgers playing their cupcakes is probably better than having an 8-4 Pitt playing this year's schedule.  Given that all anyone cares about is rankings, which is driven primarily by overall record, this would add to the Big East's prestige. 


To me, that's not all that outside the box.  That's more about survival.


Here is the outside the box part.  Instead of doing that... allow Notre Dame, Army, and Navy to join the conference and play fewer conference games and then let the teams with the best overall records in each division play for the Big East BCS spot: 

Pod 1: WVU, Pitt, Cincy

Pod 2: Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn

Pod 3: USF, TCU, Lville

Pod 4: ND, Navy, Army

Pods 1, 2, and 3 would take turns being matched up with Pod 4.

For example, in Year 1, the schedule would have Pod 4 and Pod 2 being the "Gavitt division," with Pods 1 and Pods 3 being in the "Tranghese" division.

ND, Army, and Navy would have to play 5 conference games--all against the teams in the Gavitt division.  To make the schedule work, maybe a 6th conference game would be required from time to time for these three schools. 

This would allow ND 6 games to maintain its rivalries and national presence.  Army and Navy would also maintain that same ability. 

By using overall record, the difference in conference games would be minimized.  And by playing all teams within a division--no excuses.  If Army beat ND, Navy, and 3 other Big East teams AND had a better overall record than the other 5 teams in its division, who cares that they did not play the other division's teams?  And even if you did care, the Big East championship game would settle that by requiring Army to beat the best team in the other division.

By rotating, every three years, every Big East team would get to play ND.  In the end, the two best Big East teams would play for the BCS slot. With 12 teams, far less likely that an 8 or 9 win team squeezes through.

Obviously, the tiebreakers could reflect "conference wins" as the first tiebreaker.  So, if TCU was 11-1, 7-1 in the conference, and ND was 11-1, 4-1 in the conference, TCU would get the spot in the title game.  In addition, the tiebreaker could exclude FCS games... so if ND was 11-1 playing only FBS teams, and Rutgers was 11-1 playing Norfolk Tech, ND would get the spot in the title game.

SETTING UP the schedule would be difficult.  However, once set up, it would be easy for fans to follow.  ESPN would have the two divisions.  The teams would be ranked by overall record.  The race would be based on overall record, rather than conference record, that's all.

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