As you may have heard, there are some major winds of change blowing through the college football air.
Specifically, conference realignment.
Supposedly, Nebraska will be joining the Big 10 within days, and when that becomes official, the Pac-10 will invite six teams from the Big 12 to be a part of what would then become the Pac-16—essentially destroying the Big 12.
But with so much change, and with the potential union of teams from very different geographical locations within the U.S., what effect will this realignment have on travel?
Specifically, what programs are going to have to travel the furthest, and will that affect their play?
Here is a list of teams that may spend some serious time on the road because of the potential realignments.
Always somewhat of a geographical outcast in the Big 10, with the addition of Nebraska, that status becomes even more exaggerated for Penn State.
Already the easternmost program in the conference by far, the Nittany Lions have to travel a ways to get to every conference game.
In fact, their nearest opponent, Ohio State, is approximately 340 miles away in Columbus.
Not exactly the Battle of Tobacco Road.
Adding a potential game in Lincoln, almost 1,100 miles from State College, makes Penn State even more isolated.
Although Penn State is certainly the most isolated team out east, with Nebraska's move to the Big 10, the Cornhuskers are the westernmost team by a long shot.
In fact, the nearest conference opponent for the Cornhuskers will be Iowa, which is still over 300 miles away in Iowa City.
There are more teams within a closer vicinity for the Cornhuskers (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) than Penn State, but Nebraska will do their fair share of traveling.
This time, however, instead of it all being to the south, they'll be heading east.
Among Big 12 teams, the six that the Pac-10 may invite are Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.
Definitely not anywhere near the Pacific Ocean, but the Big 10 doesn't have 10 teams now, does it?
However, more important than where they're located is how far they will have to travel to play their games.
Although, under the projected division alignments these five teams would all still be playing each other, they would occasionally have to venture over to the "real" Pac-10 and play their new conference foes.
And when they do, it will be a long haul.
Their nearest non-division foe would be in California, and when they have to travel to the Pacific Northwest, it will be virtually a cross-country trip.
Specifically, when Texas A&M eventually has to make the journey to play Washington in Seattle, it will be almost a 2,300 mile hike.
College football fans in Texas and Oklahoma may be salivating at the concept of playing in this new mega-conference, but they certainly won't be happy about their gas costs if they ever want to make a journey out of the Great Plains.
No, Colorado, I didn't forget about you.
Often a team overlooked when talking about the Big 12, Colorado will still be overlooked in the new Pac-16. The only question is whether it's because of their football team or simply their isolated location.
Playing in Boulder, the Buffaloes were the westernmost team in the Big 12. They won't be the farthest west now, but their location will still be out of the way.
Their nearest conference opponent will be Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys are still over 660 miles away.
If they want to play any of their new conference foes in California or the Pacific Northwest, the Buffaloes will have to travel over the Rocky Mountains and, in all cases, over 1,000 miles.
Although Arizona and Arizona State will still have conference foes as close as UCLA and USC, under the new division alignment, they wouldn't be included as a consistent opponent every year.
No, under the new organization, the Wildcats and Sun Devils would be included with the ex-Big 12 teams in the eastern division, while the rest of the original Pac-10 would be a part of the western division.
And, the nearest opponent for both Arizona teams in their new division would be Texas Tech—a state (New Mexico) and over 600 miles away.
Despite having always played in the vast, empty Mojave Desert, these Arizona teams have probably never felt so alone.