Communist Football

December 8th, 2018 at 1:25 PM ^

You know what would be interesting in a 16-team league? Two divisions but European soccer-style, with a Premier League, a second division, and 3 team promotion/relegation each year. That way the elite teams could have a round-robin against each other, and the crap teams could compete for promotion to the Premier League.

Whirled Peas

December 7th, 2018 at 1:37 PM ^

OU and OSU are definitely tied at the hip through state legislation and multimillionaire Boone Pickens' $$$ and influence.  That said, the B1G tried to get both of them once before and will  try again when the Big 12 GOR expires.  

The most informative person on expansion is Frank the Tank.  He's to expansion what MgoBlog is to UM.  Not very active since realignment has slowed down the past couple of years, but he still blogs when new info comes out and his old posts are still solid gold IMHO.

Texas has always been the gold standard prize in realignment.  They've flirted with the B1G a couple times in the past, but their own arrogance caused them to overplay their hand and left them in a piece meal conference.  Now that things have settled, and their brand isn't what it once was, they may actually be interested.

M-B Devil Dog

December 8th, 2018 at 11:52 AM ^

Their brand isn't what it used to be? no offense but I live in Texas and they have a HUGE brand. The top two revenue generating programs in the country are both in Texas....1. Texas A&M 2. Univ of Texas.  I would say Texas' brand is doing just fine. They have won a national championship this century and have had a lot players go high in the drafts. I'm not a Texas guy but to act like they are "littler" than schools in the B1G is just comical. 

Mr Miggle

December 7th, 2018 at 12:13 PM ^

If OU and Texas ever left the Big 12, all of their other schools would be looking for a way out too. There would be interest in some of them. Whoever remained would take all of those schools that applied last time. The new Big 12 would essentially become what the AAC is trying to claim it is now.

Mr Miggle

December 7th, 2018 at 1:56 PM ^

The ACC would be in an interesting position. They might decide it's time to force Notre Dame's hand. UWV is the obvious geographical fit, but Kansas for basketball would be something to consider. There's still grumbling about taking Louisville because of their academics too. WVU might fit better in the SEC. 

I Like Burgers

December 7th, 2018 at 11:40 AM ^

If I remember right from the last round of talks, any conference looking to add Oklahoma HAS to take Oklahoma State. They are a package deal at the state legistalure level I believe.

Which if you could find a way to add OU, OSU, and Texas and boot Rutgers I’d mostly be fine with that. But at 16 teams you’re more of two smaller 8-team conferences.