Originally Posted by schleprock
Funny, it just occurred to me a couple of days ago that this would be a great set-up for college football. There are hundreds of teams and far too few games to sort out who's champion...thus the whole BCS / playoff debacle. With relegation, you could keep the divisions manageable and set them up such that the winners of 4 (or better yet, 8) "conferences" meet in a playoff to determine the champ. If you're an Appalachian State, just finish in the top 4 or so of Division II and move up to play with the big boys the following season. The Rices, Dukes, and Notre Dames (
) of the world would be relegated to lower divisions and have to play their way back up.
Unfortunately, if the NCAA can't even manage to organize a 4-team playoff, there's no way in hell they're going to agree to something as reasonable as this. Of if they do, it will be long, long after I'm dead.
I would say the biggest problem with this is that relegation would happen a year too late to always have the best teams in the top league. A lower tier team might have a great season and get moved up to the upper tier, but then all of their great senior players graduate and they suck something awful in the upper tier the next year.