Well I guess it's that time of year again to play, "Superconference rumors sprouting from Big 12 country".
At least it's not OrangeBloods.com again.
Remember the idea of the superconference? When conference realignment first started to take off two summers ago, there was talk of college football eventually cannabilizing itself to create four 16-team super-conferences.
Well, following the news that the SEC and Big 12 have gotten together and agreed on a plan to have their conference champions face off in a bowl game should they not be involved in the new playoff, much like the Big Ten and Pac-12 do in the Rose Bowl, it seems the idea of superconferences has been rekindled.
In fact, one Big 12 source even told the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton that he thinks that's exactly where the sport is headed.
"I really can't believe I'm saying this," the source told the paper. "We might be moving to four super-conferences -- and the Big 12 would be one of those."
The other three, obviously, would be the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12. Those four conferences distanced themselves from the ACC and Big East with this latest bowl announcement, and the fact that this announcement came after rumors that Florida State was interested in jumping from the ACC to the Big 12 doesn't help the situation.
At the moment the ACC and Big East, along with independents like Notre Dame face an uncertain future. Sure, the odds of both the Big 12 champion and SEC champion not being involved in whatever format playoff is decided upon aren't great, but the plan also includes conference runner-ups.
Which means that if the playoffs aren't a part of the current bowl system, a bowl like the Fiesta Bowl or Sugar Bowl could become the defacto host of this new bowl game. Which would eliminate ACC and Big East teams from consideration.
None of this makes super-conferences a certainty by any means, but anybody who is paying attention has to realize that the concept is a lot more likely now than it was even a week ago.
AnnArbor.com covers the Radiothon that pulled in almost $80k for Mott's Children Hospital. In between thhey talked to players and coaches about various topics.
In what amounts to delicious Hoke porn, the ex-players talk about the coach-
There may still be people who doubt Hoke; the guys who played aren't among them.
The Gorgeous One talks about expanding Devin's role on offense-
Steve Everitt talks about the NFL bounty system. Check out that "Worst State Ever" shirt-
Brady talks about MSU's winning streak-
General article, but with great pics of players (someone has to get Steve in his WSE shirt posted)-
And we all know Roundtree will wear 21 this fall; his reaction-
I've been to 4 Rose Bowls and it used be a magial experience. It is a beautiful game played in a beautiful stadium in a beuatiful part of the world.
The Rose Bowl used to stand for everything good about college football: tradition, pomp and circumstance, New Years Day, etc. Now it stands for all that is wrong with college football: arrogance, stupidty, greed etc
I now hate the Rose Bowl because the B1G AD's and commissioner are using it as a shield to deflect the fact that they are too weak or too stupid to effectuate play-off games in the north.
So in the name of preserving the tradition of the Rose Bowl they are taking that tradition and wiping their ass with it. Thanks Delany.
For everyone bagging on me for my sig, it may not be the #1 jersey but it's the next best thing.
"I am very pleased that Roy will be wearing the number 21 this year." - @DesmondHoward
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