Assuming Baylor doesn't sue Texas A&M, looks like we are ready for another
round of conference realignment. Superconferences are great for those in the
conference, but I believe terrible for college football as a whole.
Wasn't the late 1990s version of the WAC a superconference? 16 teams if memory
is correct. It fell apart as teams aplit for the MWC. The schools with more
money wanted to be separate from the others. Once the
superconferences are formed, will there be continual reshuffling until there are
3 power conferences and 1 conference of misfits - teams with small markets like
Wyoming and Utah State?It will be interesting to see. And the layout
of college football will probably never settle down once we see
superconferences. History shows us that things are constantly changing regarding
college football. And what about programs without college football?
Will they just be left out entirely? Where will ND's football program fit in
with the superconferences?
MR,I agree. I hope Coach Witt is wrong. I think a playoff would
actually reduce the need and desire for super conferences, but Witt is right
about one thing it's all about the money. My hope is that the PAC 12 has proven
you can get the big money deals without getting too big. I guess we'll see.
1) Chip Kelly is a child and a sore losser2) The Pac 12 will be the Pac
163) Not all hope is lost for BYU in regards to inclusion at college
football's highest level. The super conferences once formed will eventually
collapse under its own weight and the selfishness of teams like Texas. It will
swing back to leagues that are more regionally based. The bad news is it will
take 10 - 15 years.
Of course Whitt's right. Consolidation and merger to increase market share and
clout are a given in the business world, and college football is all about the
money. Utah's position looks better and better all the time,and BYU better hope
it can squeeze in somewhere, now that it's Big 12 hopes are about to go up in
smoke. Independence is the last thing you want now.
Texas A&M can't move to the SEC without a commitment from Oklahoma to stay
in the Big 12, which would stabilize the Big 12 and open the door for BYU to
replace Texas A&M.As much as a few BYU-hating Utah fans would
like to see the Cougars shut out of a four 16-team super conference alignment, a
PAC 16 with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in a PAC 16 Western
division with Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah would kill Utah's
chances of ever playing in the Rose Bowl or any other BCS bowl.
TrueBlueI'm afraid the horse is already out of the barn with
Colorado and Nebraska having left, and the success of the threatened lawsuits at
this point is speculative at best. The threat of lawsuits won't stop Oklahoma
and Texas, if those schools determine they are better off in a superconference.
Those schools will decide the future of the Big 12 and if they leave BYU really
has no place to go. In any event, it is merely rumor that BYU would replace
A&M. Of course anything is possible, but it is more likely that if Oklahoma
and Texas stay put a deal will be worked out to keep A&M in the Big 12.This isn't a case of BYU hating; it's simply a fact that Utah is very
well positioned now, while BYU must scramble to pull something together.
Whether or not Utah would be competitive in a 16 team superconference is beside
the point. Truth is your statement sounds a bit like Utah-hating.