Expansion / Realignment Schedules

NFL Current
  • Organization
    • 2 conferences...
    • ... each with 4 divisions ...
    • of 4 teams ...
    • for 32 teams total
  • Regular Season
    • Division vs. division match-ups rotate each year
    • Teams play at least once every 4 years
Happens Opponents Weeks
Inside Division Twice 3 6
Rotating Division Inside Conference Once 4 4
Same Rank Inside Conference Once 2 2
Rotating Division Outside Conference Once 4 4
Byes Once None 1
13 17
Postseason 8 division winners and top 8 remaining teams 4
1 Extra Week Before Super Bowl 1
Total 22

NFL Restructured
  • Organization
    • 4 divisions ...
    • of 8 teams ...
    • for 32 teams total
  • Regular Season
    • Division vs. division match-ups rotate each year
    • Teams play at least once every 3 years
Happens Opponents Weeks
Inside Division Once 7 7
Rotating Division Once 8 8
Byes Twice None 2
15 17
Postseason 4 division winners and top 12 remaining teams 4
1 Extra Week Before Super Bowl 1
Total 22

NFL Expanded To 36
  • Organization
    • 4 divisions ...
    • of 9 teams
  • Regular Season
    • Division vs. division match-ups rotate each year
    • Teams play at least once every 3 years
Happens Opponents Weeks
Inside Division Once 8 8
Rotating Division Once 9 9
Byes Twice None 2
Regular Seasons 17 19
Postseason 4 division winners and top 12 remaining teams 4
1 Extra Week Before Super Bowl 1
Total 24

NCAA 64 Teams
  • Organization
    • 4 conferences ...
    • ... each with 2 divisions ...
    • of 8 teams
  • Regular Season
    • Conference match-ups outside the division rotate each year
    • Teams in conference play at least once every 2 years
Happens Opponents Weeks
Non Conference Once 1 1
Inside Division Once 7 7
Rotating Portion of Rest of Conference Once 4 4
Byes Once None 1
Regular Season 12 13
Conference Championship 1
Playoff 2
Total 16