Assuming our audience hasn’t heard me discuss G5 schools enough, I have constructed a feat of ingenuity and imagination that is unparalleled. Prepare yourself for blueprints of a future that is without a valid counter opinion. I have managed to impress even myself and if you happen to find yourself in disagreement, it is merely your lack of understanding or sheer mental capacity that restricts your comprehension of such a sophisticated theory. So without further ado;
This division is pretty much just the American Conference with the addition of Marshall. Other than the Herd, all seven schools average over 30,000 in attendance and ECU well over 40. As a reference, twelve P5 teams averaged less than 40,000 per game in 2016. Not to mention more than half of these schools are in a TV market with populations over 2 million. Of course, they’re all in a state with at least one P5 school that absorbs a majority of those viewers. Nevertheless, with the competitive progress each of these teams have made over the past decade, fan base will surely continue to grow.
Teams that missed the boat
Tulane: although they have a nice new stadium and located in a big city, their size and level of competitiveness holds them back. Also, fans showing up to games wouldn’t hurt.
Western Kentucky: the Hill Toppers have continued to progress in competitiveness and national notoriety. If I edit this article in 3 years maybe they will be on it, just not quite yet.
UCONN: obviously a national brand and a basketball powerhouse, yet their lack of football would singlehandedly lessen the conference. Just not worth the risk.
- Air Force
- Boise State
- Colorado State
- San Diego State
This division is essentially a combination of the elite MWC teams and two from the AAC. Obviously, the huge addition to the West would be BYU. Although this division averages slightly less attendance per game than the East in 2016, G5 national brands like BYU, Boise State and Houston make up for that difference. The competition in the West would be deep enough for anyone to enjoy and getting to see BYU play Boise State, SDSU and Houston every year would be phenomenal.
Teams that missed the boat
UTSA: the Roadrunners have made clear strides as a competitive G5 school in a very short time. Being located in the second largest city in Texas doesn’t hurt either. Like WKU, in another three years I might have to revise this.
Fresno State: the Bulldogs have been a competitive MWC team for years and like UTSA, being located in a large city doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, they haven’t consistently maintained the level of success needed for this tough division.
SMU: obviously the Mustangs have great football history but it is just that, history. SMU struggles just to have a winning record and fill up half their stadium on a yearly basis. Their basketball has become very impressive, now if only their football could catch up. Adding a baseball program wouldn’t hurt either.
This conference would isolate the top G5 talent and allow football fans to enjoy fun games each week outside of the P5. If none of these schools are going to get an invite to join a P5, they might as well play each other. If this conference did exist, I don’t see a reason why the winner wouldn’t earn a spot in an expanded playoff system. Is this situation likely to happen? It’s about as likely as Johnny Manziel returning to the NFL. In a very similar fashion, no matter the likeliness, it’s still fun to imagine.