The Big 12 Conference seems to be on its death bed. With Colorado making an official announcement of their move to the Pac-10 and reports of Nebraska off to the Big Ten, the Big 12 seems to be dead. There is one factor, however, that can save the Big 12.
Texas is the main factor to save the Big 12. If Texas stays in the Big 12, even though Nebraska and Colorado leaves, then the Big 12 can be saved. Anything from expanding with teams like Houston or TCU to keeping it with a ten team conference without a championship game is possible. That is, of course, if Texas wants to stay with the Big 12.
If Texas bolts with Colorado to the Pac-10 Conference then that will be the final nail in the Big 12 coffin. If Texas goes, then so will Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech will go with the Longhorns. At least, that is what many reports suggests. If that situation becomes reality, then the Pac-10 (Pac-16) will become one of the toughest conferences in the nation and don't be surprised if the Big Ten and SEC follows the same plan as the Pac-10.
There are five teams that is praying for the Big 12 to be saved. Those teams are Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State, and Missouri. They look like to be on the outside-looking-in if the Big 12 falls apart. Missouri will hope that the Big Ten will invite them with Nebraska, Kansas hoping to get invited to a big time conference with their legendary basketball team and the rest scrambling around to find a home.
Of course, this comes down to Texas. If they go, everyone else follows and it's a good-bye to the Big 12 Conference. Will Texas be a savior for the Big 12 and help the Big 12 have another successful fourteen years in college football or go to the Pac-10 and change the landscape of college football forever? It seems that we will find out very soon, but for now the every other team in the Big 12 is playing the waiting game.