Conference Re-Draft Project is Done

We got caught up in real-life realignment stuff that kept us from updating y'all on the Conference Re-Draft Project, but it wrapped up last week. We used our final three picks on USF, Hawaii, and Fresno State. All three are pretty good at football, and Fresno's baseball isn't too bad. Plus thanks to Hawaii, we've got the best locale for conference meetings of anyone.

Here are the final conference lineups. Remember that it was a snake draft, so when you get to the end of a line, drop down a row and go back in the opposite direction to get the draft order:

BCI BHGP TSK BECB HOS RCR
Texas Florida Alabama Ohio St. USC LSU
Georgia Penn St. Oklahoma Florida St. Notre Dame Michigan
UCLA Virginia Tech Nebraska Louisville Oregon North Carolina
Wisconsin Miami (FL) Texas A&M Michigan St. Tennessee Stanford
Washington Auburn Arizona West Virginia Syracuse Arkansas
Duke Kansas Cal Maryland Kentucky Iowa
Clemson Illinois UConn Missouri Pitt Oklahoma St.
Virginia TCU Arizona St. Utah BYU South Carolina
Boston College Colorado Oregon St. Boise St. Vanderbilt Ole Miss
Minnesota Indiana USF Cincinnati NC State Georgia Tech
Purdue Texas Tech Hawaii Mississippi St. Air Force FAU
Northwestern Villanova Fresno St. Kansas St. Georgetown UCF

 

I find it interesting that two conferences took basketball schools that don't play I-A football, yet neither was Big East Coast Bias, who took Louisville way too early for basketball reasons.

Anyway, to help out with this project, I developed a power rating for schools based on five criteria: "BCS" bowl appearances since 1992, football winning percentage since 1980, March Madness appearances of at least the Elite Eight, College World Series appearances, and finishing in the top-100 of the Director's Cup. Varying levels of success in each were given different weights, and then I converted each category to a zero-to-one scale to make sure each one was weighted the same. Football gets two categories because it's the most important sport. We also prioritized football, basketball, and baseball in our strategy, with Director's Cup performance factoring in the entire athletics department.

I focused on what I considered these "high end" feats because, while there are plenty of schools who are good at these sports, only a few teams regularly win championships. I used this chart in all of my arguments behind the scenes, though not everyone else in the group did as well. Anyway, after the jump is the list of all 120 I-A football-playing teams and how they stack up on this scale.

I think we did quite well in getting schools that rate highly in this system. We have seven of the top 25 schools; no other conference has more than four. Our lowest two schools happen to own a pair of CWS titles and prime location in California, respectively. I feel very comfortable with this group. 

Rank School BCS Bowls FB Win Pct. Since '80 Basketball Baseball Director's Cup Combined
1 Florida 0.31 1.00 0.19 0.10 0.94 2.07
2 Florida St. 0.34 1.00 0.02 0.18 0.69 1.89
3 Miami (FL) 0.24 1.00 0.00 0.30 0.57 1.82
4 Ohio St. 0.28 1.00 0.09 0.00 0.83 1.79
5 Texas 0.17 0.83 0.07 0.25 0.92 1.771
6 LSU 0.14 0.83 0.03 0.35 0.81 1.765
7 Oklahoma 0.25 1.00 0.07 0.07 0.67 1.725
8 Nebraska 0.28 1.00 0.00 0.05 0.78 1.722
9 Michigan 0.11 1.00 0.10 0.00 0.91 1.66
10 USC 0.20 0.83 0.02 0.13 0.89 1.63
11 North Carolina 0.00 0.67 0.35 0.12 0.92 1.60
12 Tennessee 0.11 1.00 0.02 0.05 0.79 1.58
13 Penn St. 0.07 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.86 1.50
14 UCLA 0.04 0.67 0.22 0.06 0.94 1.45
15 Alabama 0.14 0.83 0.02 0.08 0.67 1.40
16 BYU 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.68 1.34
17 Notre Dame 0.09 0.83 0.00 0.02 0.77 1.32
18 Arizona 0.02 0.67 0.19 0.02 0.84 1.31
19 Auburn 0.07 0.83 0.00 0.04 0.70 1.29
20 Arizona St. 0.02 0.67 0.00 0.15 0.84 1.25
21 Georgia 0.05 1.00 0.00 0.10 0.19 1.25
22 Texas A&M 0.02 0.83 0.00 0.04 0.69 1.233
23 Clemson 0.00 0.83 0.00 0.11 0.58 1.230
24 Boise St. 0.04 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.30 1.18
25 Connecticut 0.02 0.67 0.25 0.00 0.46 1.17
26 Wisconsin 0.07 0.67 0.05 0.00 0.71 1.143
27 Virginia Tech 0.15 0.83 0.00 0.00 0.31 1.140
28 West Virginia 0.05 0.83 0.05 0.00 0.39 1.130
29 South Carolina 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.13 0.66 1.127
30 Arkansas 0.02 0.67 0.08 0.04 0.66 1.123
31 Oklahoma St. 0.00 0.67 0.08 0.05 0.63 1.117
32 Stanford 0.04 0.33 0.03 0.22 0.94 1.093
33 Virginia 0.00 0.67 0.02 0.02 0.77 1.085
34 Washington 0.04 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.73 1.07
35 Fresno St. 0.00 0.83 0.00 0.05 0.35 1.062
36 Oregon 0.10 0.67 0.03 0.00 0.53 1.060
37 Georgia Tech 0.02 0.67 0.04 0.08 0.46 1.04
38 Colorado 0.05 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.62 1.03
39 Duke 0.00 0.33 0.28 0.00 0.78 1.00
40 Iowa 0.04 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.57 0.99
41 Syracuse 0.05 0.67 0.09 0.00 0.26 0.941
42 Utah 0.04 0.67 0.06 0.00 0.35 0.936
43 Kentucky 0.00 0.33 0.29 0.00 0.61 0.93
44 NC State 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.92
45 South Florida 0.00 0.83 0.00 0.00 0.15 0.91
46 Louisville 0.02 0.67 0.08 0.02 0.24 0.91
47 TCU 0.04 0.67 0.00 0.02 0.33 0.89
48 Michigan St. 0.00 0.33 0.24 0.00 0.57 0.862
49 Kansas St. 0.04 0.67 0.02 0.00 0.28 0.857
50 Boston College 0.00 0.67 0.02 0.00 0.33 0.85
51 Pittsburgh 0.02 0.67 0.02 0.00 0.28 0.84
52 Mississippi 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.33 0.833
53 Texas Tech 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.33 0.833
54 Hawaii 0.02 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.24 0.80
55 Kansas 0.02 0.33 0.23 0.02 0.35 0.77
56 California 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.02 0.82 0.76
57 Maryland 0.02 0.33 0.08 0.00 0.60 0.74
58 Air Force 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.731
59 Minnesota 0.00 0.33 0.03 0.00 0.72 0.728
60 Illinois 0.04 0.33 0.06 0.00 0.58 0.72
61 Indiana 0.00 0.33 0.08 0.00 0.61 0.714
62 Central Michigan 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.09 0.713
63 Miami (Ohio) 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.685
63 Nevada 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.685
65 Southern Miss 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.680
66 Bowling Green 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.667
66 Marshall 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.667
66 Toledo 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.667
66 Troy 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.667
66 Western Michigan 0.00 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.667
71 Wake Forest 0.02 0.33 0.02 0.00 0.57 0.655
72 Purdue 0.02 0.33 0.03 0.00 0.54 0.653
73 Oregon St. 0.02 0.33 0.00 0.12 0.35 0.650
74 Southern Methodist 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.56 0.62
75 Rice 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.16 0.24 0.612
76 Northwestern 0.02 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.52 0.610
77 Missouri 0.00 0.33 0.05 0.00 0.43 0.60
78 Baylor 0.00 0.33 0.02 0.02 0.44 0.59
79 Iowa St. 0.00 0.33 0.02 0.00 0.37 0.54
80 Mississippi St. 0.00 0.33 0.03 0.05 0.22 0.53
81 New Mexico 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.37 0.52
82 Vanderbilt 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.30 0.48
83 Rutgers 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.26 0.463
84 Cincinnati 0.04 0.33 0.07 0.00 0.06 0.463
85 Washington St. 0.04 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.19 0.461
86 Kent St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.24 0.45
86 UNLV 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.24 0.45
88 Houston 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.44
88 Tulsa 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.44
90 Colorado St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.19 0.43
91 Memphis 0.00 0.33 0.08 0.00 0.02 0.418
92 Navy 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.17 0.417
93 Tulane 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.04 0.09 0.41
94 San Diego St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.40
94 UTEP 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.40
96 Temple 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.09 0.38
97 Army 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.37
97 UCF 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.37
99 LA-Lafayette 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.02 0.02 0.36
99 San Jose St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.02 0.02 0.36
101 FIU 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.358
102 Akron 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.35
102 Ball St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.35
102 Louisiana Tech 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.35
102 MTSU 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.35
102 FAU 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.35
102 W. Kentucky 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.35
108 Eastern Michigan 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.34
108 Idaho 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.34
108 UAB 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.34
108 Utah St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.34
112 Arkansas St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 Buffalo 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 East Carolina 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 LA-Monroe 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 New Mexico St. 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 North Texas 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 NIU 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 Ohio 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
112 Wyoming 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33
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