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What would a Super College Football League look like?

4-22-20


Twelve of Europe's wealthiest soccer teams previously announced that they planned on joining a new soccer league known as the European Super League. After FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, and UEFA publicly condemned the league, many of the teams that were previously committed to the European Super League backed out. This newly formed league would have featured tons of star-studded matchups. What if teams in other sports decided to form their own Super League? What would a Super College Football League look like?


What if all of the top programs in college football decided to break away from the NCAA and their own conferences to form their own Super League? The idea of teams breaking away from the NCAA has been discussed before. What would such a league look like? Which College Football teams would be participating in this Super League? Twelve European soccer teams had previously announced that they planned on joining the European Super League. Those 12 teams were: AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspur. Which twelve college football teams would get to play in a hypothetical Super College Football League? I looked at the final AP rankings in each of the past three college football seasons and adapted a point system based on how those teams finished determining who would participate in a Super College Football League.


20 points for a College Football Playoff Appearance

40 Points for a National Title Game appearance

80 Points for a National Title Game Victory


9 points for ending the season as the 12th ranked team

10 points for ending the season as the 11th ranked team

11 points for ending the season as the 10th ranked team

12 points for ending the season as the 9th ranked team

13 points for ending the season as the 8th ranked team

14 points for ending the season as the 7th ranked team

15 points for ending the season as the 6th ranked team

16 points for ending the season as the 5th ranked team

17 points for ending the season as the 4th ranked team

18 points for ending the season as the 3rd ranked team

19 points for ending the season as the 2nd ranked team

20 points for ending the season as the 1st ranked team


2018 Final AP Rankings:


1. Clemson 100 Points (80 points for winning the national title, 20 points for ending the season as the 1st ranked team)

2. Alabama 59 points (40 points appearing in the national title game, 19 points for ending the season as the 2nd ranked team)

3. Ohio State 18 points (18 points for ending the season as the 3rd ranked team)

4. Oklahoma 37 points (20 points for appearing in the college football playoff, 17 points for ending the season as the 4th ranked team)

5. Notre Dame 36 points (20 points for appearing in the college football playoff, 16 points for ending the season as the 5th ranked team)

6. LSU 15 points (15 points for ending the season as the 6th ranked team)

7. Florida/Georgia (Tie) Florida and Georgia each (or both?) get 14 points for ending the season as the 7th ranked team)

9. Texas 12 points (12 points for ending the season as the 9th ranked team)

10. Washington State 11 points (11 points for ending the season as the 10th ranked team)

11. UCF 10 points (10 points for ending the season as the 11th ranked team)

12. Kentucky 9 points (9 points for ending the season as the 12th ranked team)



2019 Final AP Rankings: (Point totals combined from the previous season)


  1. LSU 115 points

  2. Clemson 159 points

  3. Ohio State 56 points

  4. Georgia 31 points

  5. Oregon 16 points

  6. Florida 29 points

  7. Oklahoma 71 points

  8. Alabama 72 points

  9. Penn State 12 points

  10. Minnesota 11 points

  11. Wisconsin 10 points

  12. Notre Dame 45 points



2020 Final AP Rankings: (Point totals combined from the previous two seasons)


  1. Alabama 172 points

  2. Ohio State 115 points

  3. Clemson 197 points

  4. Texas A&M 17 points

  5. Notre Dame 81 points

  6. Oklahoma 86 points

  7. Georgia 45 points

  8. Cincinnati 13 points

  9. Iowa State 12 points

  10. Northwestern 11 points

  11. BYU 10 points

  12. Indiana 9 points



Teams with the most points over the past three seasons:


1. Clemson 197 points

2. Alabama 192 points

3. Ohio State and LSU 115 points

5. Oklahoma 86 points

6. Notre Dame 81 points

7. Georgia 45 points

8. Florida 29 points

9. Texas A&M 17 points

10. Oregon 16 points

11. Cincinnati 13 points

T12. Penn State, Iowa State, and Texas 12 points


I used the winning percentage over the past three seasons to settle the tiebreaker and determine the final spot in the Super College Football League.


Penn State 24-11 winning percentage of 68


Texas 25-12 winning percentage of 67


Iowa State 24-14 winning percentage of 63


The twelve teams that would participate in the Super College Football League are Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, Oregon, Cincinnati, and Penn State. Each of these teams would all play each other once for an eleven-game regular season. At the end of the regular season, if the team in first place is at least two games ahead of the second-place team, then the first place team automatically wins the Super College Football League championship. If the first and second place teams are separated by less than two games, then they will play in a title game to determine the champion of the Super College Football League. Because of the competition they would face, the winner of the Super College Football League would be viewed as the “real” national champion.


Those twelve teams would participate in the Super College Football League while the rest of the NCAA would continue as previously scheduled. The teams that finish eleventh and twelfth in the Super College Football League would be kicked out of the league and rejoin the conferences they were in before this league got formed. The bottom two finishers would be replaced by the two teams that made the NCAA’s College Football Playoff National Title Game. This format would be very similar to relegation in European Soccer.


A Super College Football League would surely be entertaining. This league would feature tons of powerhouse matchups. Would you want to see such a league transpire? Who will end up winning the Super College Football League?

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