The Bishin Cutter wrote:
I don't see CSU n the big XII until they are perceived as better than Colorado
Big xii won't take an ego hit like that
IMO UNM would go big xii before CSU, maybe even USU
CSU might be getting closer to that school in Boulder where it concerns football. It's taking way too long steering that ship right.
But I don't doubt CSU is motivated to move because of those around them, even in the MWC. New Mexico should already be in the Big XII, were it not for Texas politics. After "the snub," they didn't feverishly spend or commit to football infrastructure to ensure such a mistake wouldn't happen to them again. CSU, I think, has moved ahead of them. Or, they are at the same level. It wasn't like that in the formative B12 years.
If I was CSU, I would be afraid of USU. It's a growing school, and the fans are nuts and loyal. That's the kind of base so many schools would kill to have. And USU isn't some commuter school or teaching college. The stiffs over in the schools in major conferences will run with the USU's more than they will Memphis', ECU's, and BSU's. The ceiling is higher for them (and CSU) than it is some of these others.
The B12 is not so much different from other P5 conferences in terms of what makes preferred expansion candidates. Old establishment schools are still the favored. The problem is that there are very few remaining outside the P5. And of those remaining, most of them are below par in sustained performance, inclusive of some private schools with unimpressive fan bases.
Agree with points said above about the playoffs. It is still going to be pushed. Not only are there concerns about AQ matters and big-bowl traditions, there will be new complaints about trying to extend the season.
AQ qualifying by conference champions representing all major conferences will be controversial. So much for the idea of having the eight best...one or two will slip in there each year that may not clearly belong, and somebody real good won't get included. Not sure the now 4-best design shall work cleanly either.
I expect this selection committee will try to be forthright. However, the committee is also composed of some current ADs', a former commissioner, former coaches, etc. It can't be void of biases, even if the objective is to have knowledgeable, experienced, and big-name individuals across a system spectrum to decide.