Back to the NCAA Newsfeed

What would relegation in college football look like

It happens early in the life cycle of any American sports fan getting into European soccer for the first time: the "Oh wow, relegation is amazing" realization, followed pretty quickly by the "We should have this in [insert favorite sport]!!" declaration. Promotion and relegation is an incredible concept, a way of inserting meritocracy into a widespread and popular sport, and it is absolutely foreign to American sports. Even Major League Soccer has resisted it, and it's a soccer league! With 29 teams!

Still, the concept is ripe for what-if exercises, especially within college sports, where conference membership is often based less on merit and more on which neighbors you were playing against 90 years ago.