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There are currently 75 schools in what are today called AQ conferences (including the BE’s future additions).  Then you have Notre Dame and BYU as independents for 77.  I won’t get into a discussion about the BCS I’m just using those schools as a starting point because I believe that they all deserve a spot at the big boy table.

If you throw in Air Force for 78 and you only need two more schools to reach the magic number of 80.  I’ll go with Southern Miss and East Carolina from C-USA.  I will not include Army since they have said that they cannot compete in a top of the line conference.  Below are eight 10 school conferences that I believe could make up a new classification or start a new organization of college football schools.

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1 – Northeast

Penn State

Pittsburgh

Boston College

Connecticut

Rutgers

West Virginia

Syracuse

Miami

Temple

Virginia Tech

  • Miami and Virginia Tech go with the Northeast because of their history with the Big East and the history of South Carolina with the old ACC schools.

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2 – North

Ohio State

Michigan

Michigan St

Purdue

Indiana

Illinois

Northwestern

Wisconsin

Minnesota

Iowa

  • Self explanatory.  The old Big Ten.

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3 – Atlantic

Clemson

Florida State

Maryland

N.C. State

Wake Forest

Duke

Georgia Tech

North Carolina

Virginia

South Carolina

  • The ACC pre-Big East raids plus old conference mate South Carolina.

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4 – Southeast

Florida

Georgia

Tennessee

Vanderbilt

Kentucky

Alabama

Auburn

Mississippi

Miss St

LSU

  • Self explanatory.  The pre-expansion Southeastern Conference.

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South Florida

Central Florida

Louisville

Cincinnati

Memphis

Navy

ND

AFA

Southern Miss

East Carolina

  • Many might say that this conference is too weak compared to the other conferences and that ND doesn’t belong.  ND doesn’t belong anywhere because of their history as an independent.

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6 – Southwest

Baylor

TCU

Texas

Texas Tech

Texas A&M

Arkansas

Houston

Southern Methodist

Arizona

Arizona St

  • Eight schools from the old Southwest Conference plus the Arizona schools.

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7 – Plains

Nebraska

Oklahoma

Ok State

Iowa St

Kansas

K State

Missouri

Colorado

BYU

Utah

  • The old Big 8 plus the Utah schools.

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8 – West

California

Washington

Washington St

Oregon

Oregon St

Stanford

UCLA

USC

Boise St

San Diego St

  • The Pac-8 plus Boise and SDSU.  I though of putting those two in the grab bag conference and having some combination of Utah, BYU and Colorado here but went with geographic common sense.
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