Its been an interesting year off the field hasn’t it.
Last week FSU’s BOT Chairman Andy Haggard set things off with his comments that he later back tracked on regarding FSU possibly joining the Big XII.
And now yesterday the Big XII and SEC agreed to start a new Bowl game. The details are still sketchy but seems to lean towards competing with the Rose Bowl, as in if their #1’s don’t go to the 4 team playoff they play in this new bowl game. No one knows exactly where this game will be played at and so on. It could always rotate between the Sugar, Cotton, or even Atlanta. We’ll find out soon enough.
First off, as long as paranoid, trigger happy School Presidents remain calm, the scene itself won’t change much. I really don’t foresee this setting off some massive realignment earthquake that Dennis Dodds of CBS Sports seems to indicate.
Here’s the deal, without expansion, this so called Big 4 only has 48 schools combined. That’s not nearly enough votes to get their complete grip on college sports. They either need a massive expansion to go down, or must include the ACC & Big East(which gives them 71/72 schools) to keep the “Ponzi” scheme going. And to keep the Ponzi scheme going, you must provide a grand illusion that there is more inclusion when there isn’t. To show all of your cards that there possibly won’t be more inclusion you instantly have 0 votes from the ACC/Big East which means the whole deal falls apart.
What’s even more interesting is that the Big 4 themselves can’t figure out a solution amongst themselves or this thing would’ve already been decided. Insert a possible odd alliance of the Big East/ACC as the deal breaker for either side(Pac 12/B1G 10 & SEC/Big XII).
What people seem to forget here is that not all years the Top 4 teams will come from this so called Big 4. There will be years say an undefeated team from the ACC, Big East, or even MidMajors will finish in the Top 4. It has happened in the past and will certainly again happen in the future. Also, what holds true today, won’t hold true in the future. In the 90’s Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama was doing horrible while Nebraska, Florida State, and Miami was dominating the scene. The landscape always changes, and will continue to change.
So everyone, please step away from the ledge. Yes its 2012, but it’s not the end of the sports world as we know it. It’s simply a bowl agreement between 2 Conferences, and is a shrewd move no doubt. Simply leaving out 75+ schools will cause more harm than good and will openly invite Lawyers, Judges, and ultimately Congress into the room.