Big Time Re-Allignment

Submitted by bikethedistance on May 13th, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I really hate to beat a dead horse, but I just got my nightly text from the USA Today, and they mentioned

"Florida State athletic director admits discussing a possible move to the SEC"

Does this mean that there will be 4 or 5 emerging 14/16 team super conferences?

If the SEC were to pick up the teams mentioned in the article, and the Pac-10 goes on opposite manifest destiny and picks up their extra teams for a championship game, creating a Big 10 (14/16), SEC (14/16), Pac 10 (12/14/16).

This would leave a pillaged Big 12, pillaged ACC, and a bad big east.

Presuming that the Big 12 doesn't have problems filling thier voids left by anyone who leaves with any one of  TCU, Houston, a re-emerging SMU...basically making it a Texas and Oklahoma conference.

This would leave the ACC and Big East to combine into their own superconference with the teams that are left over. (Potentialy monopolizing the northeast with teams from BC to WVU, to VT)


This would leave us with:

Midwest-Big 10

West-Pac 10

Texas/Oklahoma-Big 12


Northeast-ACC/Big East Combo


With 3 Super Power conferencew (Big 10, Pac 10, SEC), and 2 Power conferences (Big 12, Northeast), what would this do to the BCS/Bowl System? If the bowl system stays maintained, of the 4 (5) major bowls:

National Championship would be #1 vs. #2

Rose would be Pac 10 vs Big 10

Sugar would be SEC vs At Large

Fiesta would be Big 12 vs At Large

Orange would be Big East/ACC vs. At Large


Basically, the 5 Big conferences wouldn't solve anything as far as a playoff goes, because although there would probably be 4 better conferences every year, I don't think you could discount a conference with WVU, Pitt, VT, BC just as you couldn't discount a conference with UT, Oklahoma, OKST, TCU. I guess I could go into a little bit more discussion with the conferences in a diary.

Lest we go into Basketball, where an ACC/Big East conference would be absurd in talent....Think about it, Duke, UNC, Georgetown, BC, Syracuse, WVU, Wake Forest, among others...


I apologize for the randomness of this post, as I got to the end of it, I more and more feel like going and sleeping in a cave until next year soI don't have to read all the speculation and think about things that would make Steven Hawkings brain cramp up...



May 13th, 2010 at 9:23 PM ^

Thanks for the article. That would be quite a dynamic shift, but it looks as if the Big 10 has set off an arms race. It should be fun/interesting to see what happens next.


May 13th, 2010 at 10:39 PM ^

All it means is that if the SEC decides to expand and they contact FSU, then FSU will listen. That's a far cry from an imminent change to superconferences.