Pac-12 Expansion: Why Oklahoma Would Be a Great Addition
Pac-16 anyone? Oklahoma has now been rumored to be leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-12, which would benefit the Pac-12 or Pac-16 monumentally.
Oklahoma has the name appeal and would bring in plenty of positives for the Pac-12. What wouldn't the No. 1 ranked team in the country bring into a already reputable conference?
Here are the four reasons Oklahoma would be an awesome addition for the Pac-12.
4) They Will Not Come Alone
If Oklahoma does bolt for the Pac-12, Oklahoma State would surely follow. This is all according to sources.
These moves could also bring in Texas, who are looking to leave the Big 12 as well.
Oklahoma joining the Pac-12 would mean more than just the Sooners. It would mean teams like Oklahoma State and Texas could join as well.
The Pac-12 wouldn't stop at 15, they would look for a fourth team to add into a Pac-16. The Pac-12 would be best off adding a fourth team from the possibly depleted Big 12.
There are more than a few teams who would follow Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas into forming a Pac-16 super-conference.
3) It Would Make the Pac-16 the Best Conference
If Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas do indeed join what could be a Pac-16, it would be the best conference in the NCAA by far.
Hands down, from revenue to recruitment, the Pac-16 would be leaps and bounds ahead of most other conferences.
The SEC has had it's own thoughts on expanding their conference, with the possible addition of Texas A&M, but this would fall short in comparison to what the Pac-16 could do.
If you look at the rankings right now, the potential Pac-16 would have six teams in the AP Top 25 for Week 4.
The three teams listed above are already in the Top 25, while Stanford, USC and Oregon are also in the Top 25 as well.
2) It Will Finally End the Dubious East Coast Bias
No offense to ESPN, but they have long been on the jock strap of the SEC. This has only solidified the "East Coast bias" that the network has.
You really can't turn on ESPN without seeing something about LSU or Alabama. Granted, an SEC team has won the national championship five years in a row.
Stanford currently is ranked No. 4, but when do they even mention the Cardinals?
The most love ESPN has shown for the Pac-12 has been about Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Even with the love they show for Andrew Luck, he will often be mentioned after LSU and Alabama.
It is time to put the "East Coast bias" to rest. A Pac-16 that includes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas would bring a lot of recognition to teams that haven't received it in the Pac-12.
There will be no sleeping on a Pac-16 that could guarantee a team to compete for the national championship every year.
1) It'll Bring the NCAA One Step Closer to a Playoff System
Boise State is an obvious team that would benefit from super conferences coming together and forcing the NCAA to install a playoff system.
For the past few years, it was believed that Boise State should get a shot at the national championship. The fact that they play in the weak Mountain West Conference took the Broncos right out of the conversation.
Nearly everyone has been crying for a playoff system, and a Pac-16 would only bring us one step closer to finally having our prayers answered.
There is certainly a shift in college football, as conferences are starting to dissolve. The Big 12 is a prime example of this.
At the very least, there will have to be a playoff system implemented within the Pac-16 to determine the champion.
According to ESPN.com, the Pac-16 could get divided up into four pods. You could have the winners of each pod play each other, which would set up for a Pac-16 championship game from the two winners.
This is only a theory, but it could become a reality if the formation of the Pac-16 does indeed happen.