Yesterday, it looked like the Big East was poised to be a thorn in the side of the new college football playoff system. It looked as if a substantial television deal would boost the revived conference, and it appeared Boise State was in the right place at the right time.
Today, however, things have changed—maybe.
ESPN.com is reporting that Maryland is looking to bolt the ACC for the Big Ten and Rutgers may follow them. Yes, that Rutgers. Current member of the Big East Rutgers.
For those scratching their heads wondering why the Big Ten would do such a thing, look no further than the huge number of television sets located in the Washington D.C. and New York markets. The Big Ten network would love that kind of expansion.
If this happens, you can also count on the ACC adding another football school, because they won't want an odd number. Look for Connecticut from the Big East to be a top contender for that spot.
Also, look for the possibility of the Big 12, which currently has 10 members to look for expansion. They could target Louisville out of the Big East, and BYU might get another look. Or, who knows—maybe they'll decide to go to 14 schools? If they do, will Boise State get a chance? Hard to say.
Maybe the Pac-12 will decide to grab two before the Big 12? If that happens, who would they target?
Just when it looks like things are settling down, it might be chaos all over again. Will Boise State get left out in this high-stakes game of musical conferences?
There are so many questions, and so many unknowns. Bronco fans, prepare yourself for not only the end-of-the-season Coach Petersen rumors, but also for another dizzying merry-go-round of conference-expansion rumors.
If the plan of the elite powers in college football is to break the hearts of many fans, cause bitterness, resentment, a sense of hopelessness for smaller-conference teams and their followers and to pile money so high that they can't see the results of their actions, then they are doing an absolutely fantastic job.
If the goal, however, is to assemble a creative, competitive, inclusive and fair system of collegiate competition, well, to say they have failed is the understatement of the century. Life isn't fair, but collegiate athletics is supposed to at least try.
Or, is that just a lie we tell ourselves?
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