As the world realizes that the Super League will inevitably shake up the structure of European soccer, it is not hard to imagine a series of events that will lead to a similar change in an American sport that is equally firmly rooted in more than a century of tradition. With its top teams spread widely across five regional conferences, all vying for independent television contracts, college football is equally receptive to the idea of a Super League.
The concept is easy to understand: If all the top teams played in one league, they would make more money than in their current leagues. And the reception he will receive will be similar to what happened this week on the other side of the Atlantic: The vast majority of athletes would probably hate it.
However, with billions of dollars at stake and numerous recent conference reshuffles, no one can say with absolute certainty that the Super League of college football will never be eliminated.
What would it look like if there was something like this in Europe? Our journalists judge based on their own criteria.
No Super League would be complete without Douglas DeFelice Sports in the United States.
Close your eyes and think about the biggest brands in college football. Make your own list now, without taking into account the current championships. In this exercise, and only in this exercise, the score is the most important criterion. That’s why Miami is on my list. The Hurricanes haven’t won a national championship in 20 years, but they have one of the most recognizable brands in football. Say you, and everyone knows exactly what you mean.
The same goes for Michigan, which like Miami failed to reach the College Football Playoff and had an even longer national championship drought than the Hurricanes. But say GO BLUE and everyone knows you’re talking about the Ann Arbor team.
With this premise alone, I did about two minutes with my 15 teams without getting upset. Are there any other teams that might be considered? Yes, of course. One could argue that UCF has done more in the last 5 years than Miami, and that should be counted, but that work should go beyond the 5 year period. There is also something to be said for Oregon, but Miami and Michigan win 10 out of 10 times when they are in a strong position. I’m sure more college football fans will watch, say, Miami – Notre Dame than Oregon – Notre Dame. (No offense, Dax)
With my very simple criteria, my orders: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, USA.
First, some basic rules:
- One of the first steps in building the Super League seems to be the addition of an irrelevant team connected to Stan Kroenke, and therefore his alma mater, Missouri State, is one of the founding members.
- To attempt to relate this exercise to reality, we must also identify a conference that claims to be morally superior and refuses to participate in anything that ruins a sport with a history of over a century. USC and Oregon are obvious candidates for inclusion, but in a shocking twist — in the form of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, etc. — they’re not. — Puck-12 remains intact.
- Teams outside the Power 5 conference? Not a chance. Maybe some teams can hope to be invited from time to time.
From there, teams pick themselves, as the selection criteria essentially mimics the former prestige ranking of programs in EA Sports’ NCAA football series. It’s a combination of the most successful teams of the last 15 years and their ability to generate maximum revenue.
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, Texas.
Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M get one of the last two spots in the Bill Connelly Super League. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
The Football Super League is taking shape, with 12 major brands joining forces to leave the door open for three permanent members. There are two other brand giants (Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain), but it’s a safe bet that at least the last place will essentially go to the most desperate and expensive buyer.
With that in mind, here’s my top 13:
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA.
This list includes all the national champions from the last 19 years and basically all the major football brands that get special Jordan Brand items and such. And USC needs a dance partner out west, so the Bruins do too.
Next question: From teams like Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and maybe Oregon or Washington, who would you prefer to be #14 and #15? They don’t have to be good now – they just have to be marketable, and at some point they have to be great. In college football, there are many arsenals to choose from.
In my opinion: Texas A&M and Penn State. Tennessee and Nebraska could obviously make a lot of money, and Oregon has Nike money, but the money plus the current compensation makes me think of the Aggies and Nittany Lions.
Like this: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC.
An entry into the Super League would be under the auspices of Jim Harbaugh and the virtuous Big Ten. Leon Khalip/Getty Images
According to Kyle, there will definitely be a union that claims to be morally superior and refuses to participate. This league will undoubtedly be the Big Ten. I can picture Jim Harbaugh’s press conference explaining how fair Michigan is and how they refuse to allow grades or admissions just to get to this league. Sure, it means the Wolverines fall further behind nationally, but that’s the price we pay for a moral compass. And yes, the Big Ten will change their minds and decide two months into the league season that they want to join.
Politics should also be at the forefront of this competition. It’s not about improving the competition or rewarding the best of the best. It’s about big, powerful, rich people in sleazy suits and fancy cars making arbitrary decisions that destroy everything around them. So, Texas is in.
It might seem reasonable to include Clemson, since the Tigers have been to the College Football Playoff six years in a row. But Dabo Swinney would rather go to the NFL than submit to this fake college model. Amateurism is still important to some people.
UCF is not invited, but will hold a parade to announce their own separate super league.
And then, of course, there are the designated punching bags – programs that don’t mind losing game after game in exchange for a seat at the cool kids’ table. Welcome to Nebraska and Tennessee.
The rest is pretty simple: Alabama, Auburn, FL, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC. Notre Dame remains independent.
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I was initially tempted to take two teams from each of the Power 5 and Group 5 schools and independents. But just like the College Football Playoff, we only pick out the big names, because that’s what football players seem to do.
I only pick teams that have won titles in the last two decades, and popular brands. The brands I choose are followed by as many – if not more – Sidewalk graduates as actual graduates.
And make no mistake, this is not so much an attack on alumni, but rather a compliment on how highly one must rate the football program to claim it without having any real ties to it.
Miami and Oregon are probably two schools that don’t meet the criteria of my list above, but they’re also objectively cooler than any other school you think could replace them. I’m not going to apologize for being honest.
Speaking of which, my list: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, USA.
USC has had a forgettable decade, but the Trojans have won a Pac-12 title in 2017 and two other division titles since 2015. Ashley Landis/AP Photo
The Football Super League is all about big brands. I’m all for performance, especially when it comes to scoring big points in college football. In the immortal words of former Oregon and Florida State coach Willie Taggart (who ironically didn’t perform much at either school), you have to have #DoSomething to get into this league. By the way, Oregon State and Florida State both have enough points to get on the 15-man roster.
Criteria? It’s easy for me. Any national champion or runner-up from the last ten years. No small brand will reach the biggest stage in college football. That gives us nine teams: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon and Florida State. The next step is to win multiple Power 5 Conference titles – plus at least one participation in the CFP – during the CFP era. Hey, Oklahoma and Washington.
There are still four places available. It’s more about the power of the brand. Florida doesn’t have a CFP to its name yet, but it does have four division titles and five top AP spots in 15 categories since 2012. Munch, they’re in. Penn State won the Big Ten in impressive fashion in 2016, the start of a 42-11 run over four seasons, including three top-10 AP rankings. We are… in business.
USC has had a negligible decade filled with terrible recruiting decisions. But the Trojans have at least one Pac-12 title in 2017 and two other division titles since 2015. That’s more than Michigan or Texas A&M can celebrate. Fighting.
The final spot reluctantly goes to Texas, which like Michigan has improved its mega-brand lately, with marginal results, but at least made it to the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game. The Longhorns also make sure they are well represented at all energy conferences.
Full list : Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, USA, Washington.
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