Power conferences have wanted more autonomy, and it appears two of them have made another move in that direction.
From Dennis Dodd at CBSSports.com:
The ACC has submitted NCAA legislation that would “deregulate” football conference championship games sources told CBSSports.com.
The intent is to allow leagues their preference in how to determine their conference champion. It would theoretically eliminate the need -- per NCAA rules -- to split into divisions with the division winners meeting in a conference championship game.
That would benefit the ACC and other conferences which have expanded to the requisite minimum of 12 teams (and two divisions) to stage a championship game. Theoretically, with passage of the legislation, any of those conferences could play in one division and still stage a championship game.
I'm all for a move that would put more power into the hands of power conferences. Who should decide how conference champions are decided but the conferences? I also think eliminating divisions would be a way to make sure top teams play each other every year.