In response to HB2 commonly known as the North Carolina bathroom law the ACC has taken the step of moving neutral site conference championship locations outside the state. Why did the ACC do this? One thing that cannot be overstated is academic institutions have very diverse student bodies. For this reason university administrations care very… Continue reading What the ACC’s Response to HB2 Means.
With recent news that the Big 12 has whittled down their expansion list to eleven schools, I felt now would be a good time to critically examine these schools to look at where they are in the realignment process as well as gauge the Big 12’s decision making process. Is the Big 12 embarrassing themselves… Continue reading A Look at the Big 12 Expansion List
This is Part II of a project from eight months ago where I tracked the history between programs. In the previous part I studied the current makeup of FBS conferences. In this part I will examine historical conferences including the pre conference realignment versions of current FBS conferences. Below is the explanation as to how… Continue reading A Look at the Historical Opponents of Every Current and Future FBS Program (Part II)
On a recent visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum I came across a cool piece of history. This is a draft from Kennedy’s famous “We choose to go to the Moon” speech. College football junkies know it more for its “Why does Rice play Texas” line. The specific line in question was written… Continue reading JFK: Why Does Rice Play Texas?
One of the major talking points I often see in Big 12 expansion discussions is the notion that a fifth Texas school is a non-starter for the Big 12. While the reasons against adding a Texas school are obvious, there are also a number of reasons that make such an addition favorable. First let’s start… Continue reading Will the Big 12 Add Another Texas School?
With the recent vote by the NCAA allowing the Big 12 to host a conference championship game (CCG), one of the biggest offseason questions is now put to bed. However the way in which the vote was carried out exposed a number of other issues. One of these issues was the political vulnerability of the… Continue reading Is There a Feud Between the ACC and the Big Ten?
The purpose of this project is to provide a simple data table that will visualize how much history each FBS program has with their conference. I made a data table of total games played for every FBS conference. I then added a master data table of all 130 programs. With the help of my brother… Continue reading A Look at the Historical Opponents of Every Current (and Future) FBS Program
When discussing historical accomplishments the concept of “era” and the difficulty of each era is often brought up to justify the resumes of players and coaches. For this project I want to prove or disprove the notion that Nick Saban’s accomplishments carry more weight because he coached in a more difficult era. The thought process… Continue reading First look on the Historical Changes in College Football Parity
I have expand the data from my last post to include conference realignment moves all the way back to 1981. I created the following pictures to better explain/visualize the conference realignment moves of 1981 to 2017. I recommend clicking on the images for larger view. I also made a gif version in the first image. The… Continue reading Visual Tool to Understand 1981-2017 Conference Realignment
I have expand the data from my last post to include conference realignment moves from 1991. I created the following pictures to better explain/visualize the conference realignment moves of 1991 to 2017. I recommend clicking on the images for larger view. I also made a gif version in the first image. Follow @sportspolitico Send us an… Continue reading Visual Tool to Understand 1991-2017 Conference Realignment