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Conference challenge comes to gridiron

Originally Published: June 12, 2009
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

What if we could eliminate all of college football's early-season cream puffs?

What if all of the sport's heavyweights no longer played warm-ups against teams from the lesser Football Championship Subdivision or play-for-pay opponents from the Sun Belt Conference?

What if the NCAA expanded its conference challenges in basketball to the football field? We'd have an ACC/Big East Challenge or a Big 12/SEC Challenge.

We'd finally figure out which side of the ball really is better: ...

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