Opinion: Power 5 should move to Power 4

Two columnists talk possible changes to college football

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Opinion: Power 5 should move to Power 4

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon throws the ball down the field on Oct. 19 in the homecoming game.

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon throws the ball down the field on Oct. 19 in the homecoming game.

OLIVER MCKENNA

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon throws the ball down the field on Oct. 19 in the homecoming game.

OLIVER MCKENNA

OLIVER MCKENNA

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon throws the ball down the field on Oct. 19 in the homecoming game.

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There are four opportunities in the college football playoff bracket with 10 competing conferences. We think these conferences need to dissolve the Power 5 conferences into four regional conferences: North, South, East and West.

Only teams who compete in the North, South, East and West conferences can play for a national championship. The winner of each conference gets an automatic bid to the college football playoff bracket.  The conference championships will now be quarterfinals for the football playoff.

The four conferences are allowed to invite teams who are independents or from a Group of Five conference. Independent teams or teams from a Group of Five conference can be invited to play based on their success in previous seasons.

Bowl games will remain for teams from any conference who win six games and do not make the football playoffs.

All teams listed below have two guaranteed years in their conferences. Teams not mentioned can replace teams who are not performing well.

For example, if Stanford lost all 12 games and the University of Hawai’i went 13-1, winning the Mountain West Conference championship game and a bowl game, Hawai’i has the option to replace Stanford in the West Conference. However, Hawai’i must play and defeat Stanford to join in the conference at a natural site, such as Seattle.

If Hawai’i wins, Hawai’i replaces Stanford in the West Conference and has two guaranteed years in the conference. If Stanford loses, Stanford must wait a full college football season and finish at least second the following season in the Group of Five conference.

 

For the West Conference: Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, California, Stanford, Utah, UCLA, University of Southern California, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas

Rain: Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, California, Stanford, and Utah

Invite: Boise State

Wildfire: UCLA, University of Southern California, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas

Invite: San Diego State

 

For the North Conference: Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio State, Colorado, and Syracuse

Tornado: Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Colorado, Northwestern

Invite: Notre Dame (Yes, the North Conference can deny Notre Dame an opportunity to play for a championship until it decides to join a conference.)

Blizzard: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois, and Syracuse

Invite: Cincinnati

 

For the South Conference: Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A & M, Arkansas, Mississippi, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Louisville

BBQ:  Tennessee, Vanderbilt, TCU, Louisville, LSU, Texas A & M, and Texas Tech

Invite: Memphis

Fried: Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Baylor, Arkansas, and Kentucky

Invite: SMU

 

For the East Conference: Georgia, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Penn State, South Carolina, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Boston College

Warm Coast: Georgia, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Miami, and Wake Forest

Invite: UCF

Cold Coast: Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Maryland, and Boston College

Invite: Appalachian State