The SB AC is one of two attempts here at Act II Ministries to give you a fairer system of developing a national championship in division one college football, the only place in America without a true championship! Oh, they’ll say they have one already, but half the teams are disqualified before the season ever starts! No “Group of Five” team will ever be accepted into the current CFP! Many of the teams in the Power Five conferences would find it difficult, even with (say) an 11-1 season – if you weren’t ranked in the pre-season, before any games had been played, you won’t move far enough up the polls by season’s end to catch the committee’s semi-arbitrary eye.
On TOP of that, if a top team happens to stumble against another top team (let’s take the OSU-TCU game as an example), even winning your conference may not be enough to overcome another conference champ who went undefeated because they played (ahem) the Little Sisters Of The Poor or someone like that for their pre-conference schedule. What if TCU wins the Big XII now?
So, the SBAC has made a completely even playing field.
Who you choose to play in the weeks before the conference season starts Sept. 22 is completely immaterial. All that matters is the ten-team conference that you’re in, based solely on geography and competitive balance. Want to make the playoffs? Win your conference! Want to win your conference? You play everyone, so you control that! (We’ll have two wildcards to fill out the bracket, too. Last year’s would have been Alabama and Georgia, so that was fortunate…)
To prepare you for the first games on Saturday, which will be settled by comparing the ELO-Following Football ratings and adjusting them by the teams’ on-field performance that weekend, here are the fourteen conferences and the ten teams in each of them, listed alphabetically (except for the FCS “interloper” we added to some to fill out 140 teams! They will always be listed last.)
Do your drafting or assigning of teams NOW, before we present the first week of matchups and starting scores! If you’re running a fantasy league of some kind, we recommend you adapt some or all of the following:
* If you have two, five, or ten people in your league, every body gets the same number of teams in EACH conference (5, 2, or 1, respectively). Whether you draw names or do some kind of rotating draft (in a five-player league, for ex, player A chooses first and tenth, B chooses second and ninth, and so forth, and that rotates through as you move through each conference).
*If you have three, four, six, or eight people in your league, every body gets the same number of teams over the course of MULTIPLE conferences:
>> Three or six players – draw names or rotation draft over THREE conferences. (Assign two teams to NOBODY, however you see fit to select those two. Or they can be bonus rewards for two players if you have some other means of determining rewards.)
>> Four players – draw names or rotation draft over TWO conferences. You won’t have leftovers.
>> Eight players – draw names or rotation draft over FOUR conferences. You will have FOUR teams to assign to NOBODY, as with the 3/6 set-up, or to use as bonuses.
*If you have five or seven players, open up the drawing or draft to ALL 14 conferences at once. You won’t have any leftovers.
SCORING: Your team’s record is YOUR record. A win for your team is a point for you. (Ties are half-points.) Post-season wins count just the same as regular season wins.
HERE’S HOW EACH INDIVIDUAL MATCH-UP IS PLAYED. Every team plays every week in each conference during the regular season.
|For each game match-up::|
|1. Take each team’s rating at the start of the round.|
|2. Now, the teams TRADE NUMBERS and use the other team’s rating as their STARTING SCORE.|
|2. Add three points to the home team’s starting score (if there is a home team).|
|4. If a team played this weekend, consider the difference between the actual margin (before any OT)|
|and the predicted margin from the ELO-FF rating for each team. Adjust each team’s|
|game competition score by that difference.|
|5. No overtimes: ties are left as ties. (At season’s end, point differential will determine placement if necessary.)|
|EXAMPLE: Team A (home) has a rating of 19 and Team B (visitor) has a rating of 18.|
|Add three to team B, trade numbers (Team A “leads” 21-19 at the starting score..)|
|Now, assume Team A had a bye this weekend, but Team B did well and won their game|
|by six points more than projected. Therefore, we add six to Team B’s score to reach the FINAL SCORE.|
|So the final score is Team B 19+6=25, Team A, 21. Team B wins by four points.|
In theory, a good team will beat a weaker team, and a team with a good game in a particular round in reality should be able to translate that good game into defeating their SBAC opponent. We’ll post the starting scores (essentially the ELO-FF ratings, reversed, plus a three-point homefield advantage) in advance of each Saturday, so you can track the progress of your teams; we’ll also post the point spread forecasts for each “reality” game in advance, so you can track that. ALL of that will be on the Following Football page, not in the blog.
Finally, here are the fourteen conferences. You can number the teams from top to bottom, 1-10, to match up with our match-ups each week. (For example, the week 1 match-ups are team #10 at #1, #6 at #2, #3 at #5, #8 at #7, and #4 at #9. We’ll share starting scores later in the week.)
|NEW ENGLAND (Conference 1)|
|OHIO (Conference 2)|
|GREAT LAKES (Conference 3)|
|*North Dakota State|
|MIDWESTERN (Conference 4)|
|*South Dakota St|
|MID-ATLANTIC (Conference 5)|
|TOBACCO ROAD (Conference 6)|
|Middle Tenn St|
|No Carolina St|
|*North Carolina A&T|
|PLANTATION (Conference 7)|
|PANHANDLE (Conference 8)|
|Central Florida (UCF)|
|Florida Atlantic (FAU)|
|Florida International (FIU)|
|DEEP SOUTH (Conference 9)|
|GULF COAST (Conference 10)|
|*Sam Houston State|
|LONE STAR (Conference 11)|
|ROCKY MOUNTAIN (Conference 12)|
|New Mexico State|
|BEAR REPUBLIC (Conference 13)|
|San Diego State|
|San Jose State|
|NORTHWEST (Conference 14)|