College Football Landscape After Conference Expansion Dust Settles
Okay Boise, you can have your day—you're finally in the Mountain West Conference.
Today, the MWC decided to give Boise State an invitation. BSU will be the 10th team in the conference. They bring improvement to the MWC athletic competition, as well as on-par academics.
Does this start the MWC's expansion to a 12 or 16 team conference? It's likely. Does the expansion do enough so they can become a BCS conference? It's actually possible—although it does make the evaluation process more complicated with all the shifting that is about to happen.
It's starting to look a lot like Utah is running for the Pac-10, which makes Boise just a replacement for the empty spot. Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are now widely expected to make the move to the Pac-10 as early as Tuesday. It also looks like the Big 12—minus two now—is falling apart as we know it.
College Football: "Hey, who wants some Big 12 leftovers?
MWC: "We do! We do!
College Football: "Take all you want, the Big 12 has a fork stuck in it."
MWC: "Excellent, we'll take Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, and maybe Baylor."
College Football: "You might as well grab three more and get to 16 teams, you might be able to keep up with the other super-conferences forming around the nation. We have no say in who our national champion is, so you might want to change with them—they call the shots."
MWC: "You couldn't have said it better."
Keep in mind, the MWC will not be the only ones after the Big 12 scraps, nor will the leftover schools be openly willing to join the conference. The MWC will likely look to the WAC. and eat the rest of it.
The Pac-10 will become the Pac-16. The Big 12 will disappear. The Big Ten will become the Big 16. The SEC will grow to 16. The ACC will lose teams to the SEC and the Big East will lose teams to the Big Ten, so the two will merge and load up for their own 16-team conference. With that, college football will have five super-conferences, which will be the new face of college football.
There will be no playoff system, we will stay with the traditional bowl system we have today—hate it or love it, the BCS is what makes the college football postseason so exciting to watch.
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