Editor's Note: With the potential for massive realignment among college sports programs following the announcement of Texas A&M's intent to join the SEC, we wanted to cut to the chase. Since the purpose of realignment is to maximize potential revenue for each athletic program, we're exploring the optimal alignment for college athletics to supply the best product to its national audience. Given his ample experience creating regional groupings based on the strength of certain programs, we turned to our resident bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, to analyze what every school offers in football and men's basketball and shuffle the NCAA sports landscape based on team strength and geographical considerations. The following is Part 1 of a two-part series exploring what this optimized NCAA world would look like.
22dPaula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach