With the Pac-10 and Big Ten taking on new league partners through expansion the potential for positive change is endless. One of the most promising developments is the possibilities for burgeoning rivalries.
It’s unlikely any of these would replace some of the current, long-standing battles like Ohio State-Michigan, USC-UCLA , Stanford-California or Texas-Oklahoma.
But there is room for more and some that should be a bit more marketable than Indiana-Purdue or Minnesota-Michigan.
While not all of these teams have made the move, it’s not too early to speculate a little on the best new rivalries created by conference expansion.