NCAA Realignment: Four New Mega Conferences and the New Look of College Football
The 2010 college football season is rapidly approaching for college football fans. Individual team reports and preseason rankings, however, do not seem to top the list of of discussions at this point.
The movement of teams out of their traditional conferences into new ones is dominating the headlines of college football at this point in time.
These discussions are also leaning toward possible realities rather than rumors and speculations.
In fact, ESPN's College Football Live recently reported that the college football landscape might possibly be dominated by four new megaconferences in the near future.
The Big 10, Pac-10, ACC, and SEC could possibly emerge as the four new college football megaconferences in the future.
There is no doubt that each of these four will capture to entire television markets of their respective geographic regions.
There are also a lot of questions that surround this possibility such as:
What will happen to the Big 12 and Big East? What will happen to the teams from these conferences that do not leave? Will traditional rivalries be lost? Will new rivalries be created?
At this point, some of these questions cannot be answered.
On the other hand, if there is any truth to the formation of these megaconferences then there is no doubt that old rivalries will persist and new ones will be born.
The following slideshow reflects upon the possible movement of teams into these new megaconferences and what it could mean for the landscape of college football.
Yes, it is true. It was reported that the Pac-10 is ready to go big and the Longhorns will be invited to join. If this does occur, what will happen to the Red River rivalry? No doubt, a new rivalry will occur with the Trojans and Texas will bring a huge television market to the West coast.
Pac-10: Texas Tech
It was reported that the Pac-10 will most likely extend an offer to the Red Raiders as well. Following the Lomghorns, the Red Raiders would also make a nice addition to the Pac-10.
Pac-10: Texas A&M
It would not be possible for the Longhorns and Red Raiders to make a move without the Aggies. This was also reported to be a possible move to the West coast. If true, Texas A&M would also make a fine addition to the new conference.
The Pac-10 could also possibly extend an offer to the Colorado Buffaloes. Colorado has been down for years so a move to the West coast might help to rejuvenate the program.
Big Ten: Nebraska
Tom Osborne's comments this week: "Nebraska is not looking to move." Well, the Big Ten is going to expand and it has been widely reported that the Huskers are not happy in the Big 12. The Big Ten is the right fit for the Huskers both academically and geographically. It is a good possibility that Nebraska will be making the move.
Big Ten: Missouri
The Tigers will most likely be the next team to follow Nebraska to the Big Ten. They would also be an excellent fit into the conference as well.
Big Ten: Maryland
Yes, It is hard to believe that the Terps might leave the ACC for the Big Ten. It is a good possibility that might occur. The Terps would also make a fine addition to the Big Ten if this does happen.
Big Ten: Rutgers
There is no doubt that Rutgers will receive an offer and make the move to the Big Ten. This move will also capture a huge northeast television market as well.
The SEC will not sit idle while these new conferences expand. Thus, it would not be a surprise for the Tigers to make the move into the SEC and they would likely receive an invitation to do so. This move would also enhance the rivalries they already share with both Georgia and South Carolina.
Wow! can you imagine the Sooners playing in the SEC? It is on the rumor mill that a possible offer could be extended to the Sooners if the Texas teams leave for the West coast. This addition can only add to what is arguably the toughest conference in the nation. The last four national champions have come from the conference.
ACC: West Virginia
Simply put, the ACC is not going to break up and its not going to allow the SEC to capture the entire southeastern television market. The offer for West Virginia to join would be a nice addition with the possible loss of Maryland or Clemson.
The addition of Pitt to the ACC is also a real possibility as it would help the ACC to slice into the Big Ten northeast television market.
The addition of Syracuse to the ACC could also be a possibility. This would also counter the loss of Rutgers to the Big Ten with the large northeastern television market.
The addition of the Huskies to the ACC is not beyond the realm of possibility. Can you imagine how the ACC would look with the addition of West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn. Imagine this new conference when basketball season arrives as well.