How does Notre Dame football fit into a CFB Super League proposal?


I can’t remember the last time we had a “normal” offseason for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and college football as a whole. For nearly 15 years, we have been bombarded with conference realignments and postseason reshuffles from January well into the start of the regular season. As fun and exciting as some of it was, it was also a major distraction from the best regular season in any sport out there.

But we don't need to rehash it here and list the grievances. No – there is a mega distraction that is occupying our minds at the moment.


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According to a report by The Athletics Andrew Marchand and Stewart Mandel, a group of sports executives and college presidents called “College Sports Tomorrow,” have created a plan to implement a new governance structure for college football that includes the NCAA and the College Football Playoff should replace.

The new structure would consist of the 68 schools that competed in Power 5 conferences last season, plus two more in Notre Dame and SMU, for a total of 70, and would create 7 divisions of 10 schools each. An 8th division consisting of the top 10 programs from the other 54 FBS schools would be part of this super league and would operate on a relegation structure.

The 8 division winners would all secure automatic bids to a 16-team playoff. The remaining 8 wildcard spots would be determined by record and tiebreakers, eliminating the need for a selection committee.

Sounds pretty simple and logical – right? Perhaps.

While the chances of this new Super League actually taking shape are very slim, the general assumption that college football will see some sort of split from the NCAA is much more likely.

In this particular proposal/idea, departments replace the idea of ​​conferences – and in doing so, it seems like Notre Dame has something to sell to its alumni and fans. Hey – we are still independent and have not joined a conference. At this point, however, semantics are the last thing I would worry about.


  • How does the schedule work?
  • Would the divisions correspond geographically with schools?
  • What names do we give the individual departments?
  • Does a school have to play all 9 other division members every year?
  • Would a school be able to play schools that are not in the 8 divisions?

And thats just the beginning. As you can tell from my questions, I'm more worried about how the regular season would turn out than I am about the playoffs (which is the case). The athlete (which her story focuses almost exclusively on).

Again…this whole thing probably won't happen in my opinion. While Notre Dame certainly has a place in this system, it pushes the Irish away from the special place they currently occupy in the world of college football. It would also likely take away a whole lot of things that make Notre Dame special to its fans and alumni.

University of Notre Dame vs. University of Georgia


How do the Irish fit into this Super League? They fit like one in 70. There's really nothing left behind them.

It's an intriguing idea and perhaps one that will become a catalyst for a change in the way college football operates – but the hurdles are huge and it will still be several years before it gets started. This brings us back to the beginning of this post. Here's another distraction for fans (and more importantly, the media) to talk about over the next five months. It's Andy Staples' wet dream.