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About college football. Who will make a 15-team Super League?

Long before there were 14 teams in the top ten, և Pac-8 would turn into Pac-12, in college sports, people jumped on the idea of ​​a national football conference.

Back in the 1950s, Pittsburgh Sports Director Tom Hamilton proposed that Southern California, UCLA, Stanford, and California join forces with the Army, Navy, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Penn State.

There is constant speculation these days about Power Five conferences and their 65-member schools being cut off from the NCAA. Despite all the gossip and threats, it is unlikely to happen soon. Although the extensive reorganization of Section I և’s electronic insight by schools into arranging their sports programs is probably a good idea.

But what if the most powerful college football programs tried to do what is happening now in European football, where a group of the richest and most successful clubs are in the process of creating a 15-man Super League?

When decades of conference loyalty come out the window for the strongest dollar, which schools will cut the cut?

“You’d like to design a product with a wide national appeal,” said Chris Bevilacua, CEO of SimpleBet, a longtime media law consultant for college conferences and sports leagues. “I think you would like big brands, և you would like to watch it for a long time. You would not look through the lens of the last five years, you would look through the lens of the last 50 years. “

Bevilacqua clarified that he does not think that this split will be possible in college sports. Nor will it be good for the game.

But it’s a fun exercise that is practiced all over the country with spring practice,, the season is still about five months. So let’s make a Super League of 15 college football teams.

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There are some obvious choices, power plant projects that have a long history of success, huge backlogs. Go down to Alabama (1), Notre Dame (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (4) և Southern California (5).

These schools were united in the 37 national football championships of the AP College, which began when the survey was first launched in 1934. Each of them has at least five, a number that only Miami can match.

In particular, the state of Ohio is a monster of television ratings. The Buckeyes regularly take part in some of the most watched games of each season due to their huge alumni base. According to the school, there are more than 500,000 graduates of the state of Ohio worldwide.

No college football program has won more championships than Alabama, which is now one of the largest in the history of the sport.

It’s been a while since Notre Dame won the national title (1988), but the school that has its main television deal is synonymous with college football around the world.

Next: Texas (6) և Michigan (7). Some fans will shout that the Longhorns և Wolverines are always overrated,, it would be hard to argue against that in recent years. But Texas’ “burnt orange” and “Michigan” helmet are recognizable everywhere, they are two of the four oldest programs in the history of college football.

In addition, they are part of the two best sports competitions – Ohio – Michigan – Oklahoma – Texas.

Except maybe baseball, no sport is connected to its fans through tradition, as college football does. Yes, the 15-team Super League is throwing it out the window, but some of it is a way to maintain some historic rivalry.

That’s a big reason why Auburn (8) is in this Super League to compete with Alabama in an iron bowl.

Florida (9) and Georgia (10) are there to host the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party in the acks exonville each year, though they no longer officially call it that.

It is difficult to find representation in the Northeast, although there are many Michigan alumni in the New York metropolitan area, as well as die-hard Notre Dame fans who have never set foot in South Bend, Indiana.

Penn State (11) stands out as a traditional power with strong followers in the major cities of the Northeast Corridor: Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore.

A country that produces more NFL players per capita than anyone else must be represented in the Super League, which means that LSU (12) has three national titles since 2003.

Clemson (13) և Oregon (14) is a rich new election. The Tigers had a long history of football success before coach Dabo Swinney, but nothing beats their last league title.

Ducks bring to the northwest of the Pacific Ocean. And do you really think it would be possible to drop out of the school with the closest Nike?

The last five schools are. Florida, Miami, Nebraska, Texas A&M և UCLA.

The regional balance wins the day, C UCLA (15) receives invitations to three West Coast Super League teams եց six games a season in the Rose Bowl.

College Football Super League

Alabama

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Clemson

Florida:

Georgia որջիա:

LSU:

Michigan

Our Lady

Ohio State:

Oklahoma

Oregon

Penn State

Southern California

Texas:

UCLA:

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