Just enough interesting college football news for a posting.
In case you have not heard, there are more rumblings from the PAC-10 about a possible merger with teams from the Big 12. The goal in these merger talks is to make a super conference, so that there is more television revenue. The key word being “revenue.”
Since the Big 10 made their deal with their own network and the other conferences are hoping to cash in as well. The Pac-10 is hoping to lure away texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado. They would then put Arizona and Arizona State in with those schools to make the Pac-10 South. That would be one powerful division in the Pac-10, but difficult when it comes to travel expenses.
There is also talk that the Big 12 would press on by adding Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Houston, Nevada, San Diego State, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, UNLV, Utah. That means the conference would drop in prominence, but really help those programs that it picks up and give them a boost. It’s sad that the Big 12 cannot just stay together and add Houston, SMU, TCU, Colorado State and Utah. That would make the conference even better and keep it somewhat regional.
The problem with keeping the Big 12 together really boils down to texas. Both the Pac 10 and the Big 10 are courting texas, trying to lure them away. This is because it brings in a powerhouse into their conference, AND opens the door for those conferences to start recruiting better in the state of Texas. Whatever texas does, I’m sure the Aggies, Oklahoma and OSU will follow. Texas Tech might as well, but Baylor is going to be left alone out of the Big 12 South no matter what happens. It’s getting to the point where the private schools cannot compete in college football. That is OK with me. Just as long as hell freezes over one more time and A&M wins another National Championship at some later date.
What I really wish would happen is that the teams from Texas and Oklahoma would just join the SEC. I’m sure there is some logical reason against this, but if you look at the schools that have won the National Championship over the past 10 years, most have come from the SEC, or the Big 12. That would make an excellent conference, and since I live in SEC territory, I might actually get to see my Aggies play on the television now and then. If they go to the Pac 10, well, I’m not sure I’m willing to stay up until 10 p.m. to watch a game when I know I have to preach the next morning. I need some time to wind down after the game. A 10 p.m. start might mean I’m up all night.
Also, you can go here for a look at the various picks for the preseason Top 25. A&M is not in anyone’s pick. Most pick Alabama as the pre-season No. 1. That is a safe bet. Phil Steele is the lone hold out for No. 1, he is picking Oklahoma. I don’t think the Sooners are that well equipped.