It seems that just about every year the topic of conference realignment pops up over the summer. This summer one of the Power Five conferences are on everyone’s minds, including ESPN radio talk shows hosts.
One ESPN host seems to believe that the Big 12 will cease to exist within the next few seasons.
According to College Spun, Colin Cowherd said on his radio show this morning that he believes the Big 12 will soon evaporate into the rest of the conferences throughout college football. Two of the biggest moves come with Oklahoma following Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC and Texas moving to play out west in the Pac-12.
According to @ESPN_Colin "The Big 5 in CFB is ready to be the Big 4… BigXII will evaporate, Oklahoma is SEC bound & the Pac12 wants Texas"
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 30, 2015
It wasn’t too long ago that Oklahoma President David Boren expressed his desire for the Big 12 to expand back to twelve teams. That would have been kind of difficult with the small class of schools that could join the conference.
If the Big 12 were to evaporate, it would make the College Football Playoff selection committee’s job a lot easier. The committee is tasked with the tough decision of selecting four teams out of the five power conferences to play for the national championship.
Last year, it was the Big 12 that was handed the short end of the stick, amidst some controversy. There’s always a guarantee of one power five conference champion being left out of the mix, and that’s not mention if Notre Dame is selected as one of the four.
The evaporation of the Big 12 would make for an interesting set of conferences and games. USC/Texas? LSU/Oklahoma? Just imagine the possibilities.
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