The Power Five conferences are becoming more and more like a “Power Two” these days, with the SEC getting Oklahoma and Texas and the Big Ten getting USC and UCLA.
For better or worse, this seems to be the new world order, and it begs the question: With the Big Ten and SEC the clear top dogs, who’s going to stay with them when this realignment craze goes away?
If the ACC loses Miami and Clemson, that’s a huge problem. If Miami leaves, the state of Florida will likely follow, most likely to the SEC. Clemson is considered an SEC program in all but name. If the conference sticks to North Carolina and Duke, it could be good, but if it loses the Hurricanes, that’s a no-brainer.
The Pac-12 doesn’t look much better.
Let’s just say, if Oregon leaves, the Pac-12 will be as good as dead. According to Sports IllustratedOregon booster and Nike co-founder Phil Knight wants the Ducks in the Big Ten.
However, there is another conference that Oregon wants.
According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsthe Big 12 tries to bring six teams from the Pac-12 to the Big 12. Oregon is one of those six, along with Arizona, the state of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.
Considered unstable after the OU-Texas move was announced, the Big 12 appears to be the most ambitious of the three Power Five conferences that have been hit by a realignment in recent years. It already has four schools coming in 2023, and if it can get all six programs it wants from the Pac-12, the Big 12 would have 18 teams, coast to coast.
That would secure the future of the Big 12, leaving the Pac-12 on life support. Who will get the Pac-12 to replace those schools?
The Pac-12 is renegotiating its media rights deal, so we’ll see if it can keep its schools where they are.
This is an ever-changing situation that looks set to set the new standard for collegiate athletics by 2022. The SEC and Big Ten have reshaped the college football landscape. The ACC will have to worry about the Big Ten and SEC poaching teams. The Big 12 appears to be cementing his future, while the Pac-12 may not have much of a future left if the Big 12 successfully overtakes him.
A year ago, it looked like the Big 12 would become the Power Five conference to take a back seat, but with their additions from the BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF along with the reported attempted addition of the Pac-12 schools, the Big 12 seems to have a long, bright future ahead of them.
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