Question, how will the NCAA determine the regional character of the games? Will they consider them all in-region? Or will the UAA games not w/in 200 miles not be in-region?
Good question! I assume the following:
CMU vs. CWRU: in-region (conference game, PAC)
WashU vs. Chicago: in-region (conference game, SAA)
CWRU vs. Chicago is a regional game (both North region teams)
CMU vs. WashU is a regional (both South region teams)
CMU (South) vs. Chicago (North) will be a non-regional game because they're not within 200 miles and they're no longer conference opponents. Same for CWRU (North) vs. WashU (South).
The reason that I'm assuming that these won't count as regional games? Rochester no longer counts as a regional game for the UAA teams, despite being an LL affiliate in football while remaining in the UAA for all other sports.
I assume that the UAA (as a football league) will essentially cease to exist. Obviously, the schools have stated that they want to continue playing one another (so I suppose a de facto UAA football championship could be awarded, all-conference teams could be named, et cet) but I'm not sure how long that will hold up; I've already noted that the addition of CMU/CWRU brings the PAC to 11 teams, and I'm not sure how crazy the other PAC schools will be about agreeing to play an eight-game league schedule (meaning that they don't play two in-conference opponents per year) just to accommodate CMU/CWRU's wishes to play WashU and Chicago. They might well agree (it's not any different than the Big Ten, pre-Nebraska, only playing eight conference games), but I think that the UAA is essentially dead as a football league come 2014.