As the seismic shift continues to take place in college athletics, many are now wondering how the realigned conferences will work.
Trust me, even I’m not very sure.
But what I do know is that more teams equal more competition, and more competition makes winning that much harder. So, as a result of the NCAA’s massive change in structure, I believe the Big Ten will ultimately be deserving of two BCS bids for bowl games.
Think about this: Since Nebraska has already defunct into the Big Ten and Colorado has left for the Pac-10, and other schools like Texas and Oklahoma will leave the Big 12 soon as well, this instantly puts the Big Ten into the top two conferences in terms of college football (along with the SEC).
The teams in the conference—Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and now Nebraska—can beat one other on any given Saturday. As soon as Nebraska decided to join the conference and set off this domino effect in the college landscape, the Big Ten became even more powerful (in both a monetary and physical sense).
While the SEC has won numerous championships in the past decade, the Big Ten has to be considered the second-best conference in terms of coaches, players and programs. Jim Tressel has won a national championship, as has Joe Paterno.
Once all the changes have taken place and the realignment is complete, the Big Ten will transform from a very good conference into a practical super-conference. This should be enough reason to warrant two BCS berths from the conference.
I mean, with the shake-up taking place across the college stratosphere, the system has to be tweaked as well. This should give the remaining conferences the ability to present more of their products (see: teams) on a national scale.
It only makes sense. Why shouldn’t the two best teams from the Big Ten get a BCS berth? The same could be done for the Pac-10. Each conference will have substantially increased its amount of teams, making it seem only fair that the top two teams get rewarded for coming out victorious against so many others.
Whether this is waiting to be discussed after the completion of realignment takes place, or whether it is not being talked about at all, it should definitely be considered. As the Big 12 is crumbling more every day, only few great collegiate athletic conferences remain.
The Big Ten may be the most storied of them all.