What a week for college football!!
According to Mark Schlabach, here’s what’s at stake in the high stakes of college football realignment.
Let the Hokie Guru remind you… the only think that matters in college athletics is the money… we all would like to think that the student athlete matters in major college athletics… and he or she does… in the Ivy League.
There are several moves already happening…
1.) Former Big 12 conference member, the University of Colorado, has joined the Pacific 10 Conference.
The Big 12 conference is dead. Look for Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma to join the Pacific 10. Then the Pacific 10 will form two divisions (east and west). The east division will include Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, and Arizona State. The west division will include USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Cal, Washington, and Washington State. Where does that leave Missouri and Kansas? Maybe in an expanded Big 10 later on.
Now, with the Big 12 and Big 10 Conferences both making moves, there are several people think the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) might also address expansion. We might see Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, and/or Florida State head to the SEC. We could also see Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia all leave the Big East Conference to go to the ACC (which would probably end the Big East, as well).
And no one knows yet about Notre Dame… my bet is they go Big 10… or stay independent.
Will this make college athletics better? Who knows?
We do know that life will never be the same in major college athletics… and we will be in the edge of our seats in every football game… because every game will matter that much more.