Latest from Chip Brown who believes that Big 12 expansion is apparently a work in progress.Link at http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID ... &PT=4&PR=2
This is very interesting article and comments from SEC on the possibility of the Big 12 remaining with 10 could have other implications which could benefit the SEC as well.
Everyone has preconceived notions super conferences have to be 16 members and there will be four of these super type conferences when all the dust settles.
I have a slightly different take and believe super conference actually work best with 24 schools. This would allow a super conference to split into four six team divisions and have two end of the season conference championship games without changing the NCAA rule. Otherwise 16 schools have to split into 8 team divisions and this has huge scheduling issues.
This format would then allow the two regular season champions of all four divisions to advance to the Champions Bowl in prime time New Years day.
The SEC coaches are complaining about only want to count games in your division toward the division championship.
What if the SEC and Big 12 become more than just an Jan 1 bowl alliance. Both have a perfect 24 teams that would split very nicely into four regions all connected geographically together.
East: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia
South: Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miss State, LSU
West: Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech
North: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State
In this year pre season ranking, less assume the following scenario would play out.
East Division Champion Georgia plays the South Division Champion Alabama during championship week in Dec. Of course this could include WVU, South Caroline, LSU which are ranked very high in pre season.
West Division Champion Arkansas plays North Division Champion Oklahoma. Again, TCU, Oklahoma State, or Kansas State could be included which are likewise ranked very high in preseason.
Less assume Alabama and Oklahoma advance to the New Years Day Champions bowl.
Alabama squeaks out a close victory over Oklahoma and advances to plus one championship game.
Would any not agree the winner of this 24 member super conference would always have regular spot in the BCS national championship matchup.
Could this be the reason the Big 12 has not discussed expansion while rumors run rapid on Florida State and Clemson to the Big 12. Would either of these two schools be needed in the super 24 conference alignment.