Times are changing in college football, and three different conferences are going to feature severe ramifications. The entire state of the Big 12 rests on the University of Nebraska’s shoulders, and what they decide will change the Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 10 like nothing college football has seen before.


With these changes certain to affect multiple conferences, I’ve broken down the changes each conference could experience.

Big Ten:

The Big Ten wants a conference championship. In order for that to happen they need to add at least one team to the conference. It was first believed that Nebraska and Missouri would go together to the Big Ten, but Missouri has not yet received a formal invitation like Nebraska has. The Big Ten still believes they can lure Notre Dame, but they have said they expect to stay independent. Notre Dame may have no choice though. With the advent of the super conference that is forming on the west coast. It could become difficult for Notre Dame to create a national schedule and give themselves a chance at a national championship. When all is said and done this is what I believe the Big “Ten” could look like:

  • Penn State
  • Michigan State
  • Michigan
  • Ohio State
  • Indiana
  • Northwestern
  • Illinois
  • Purdue
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Notre Dame
  • Maryland/Rutgers

The two divisions could look like this:

East: Maryland/Rutgers, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan Sate, Ohio State, Indiana

West: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota

This would mean three teams join, giving them 14 teams, with two divisions of seven teams each. Notre Dame is the question mark, and if they choose to remain independent, look for Missouri to possibly join.

Big 12

The Big 12 looks as though it may be dead. With Nebraska expected to announce their acceptance of the Big Ten’s invitation to join their conference, and Colorado accepting a bid today to join the Pac-10, the end could be near. Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State could be following the path Colorado has taken. With the loss of those six teams, half of the conference would be gone leaving only Baylor in the south division, along with Missouri (if they don’t leave for the Big Ten), Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State left in the conference. If this happens, the conference will be limited in its options. They could choose to add teams like Utah, TCU, and Air Force, or disband completely. I think the latter is more probable, leaving those five teams searching for a new home.

Pac 10

Colorado joined the Pac 10 already, and the other five Big 12 teams are expected to follow. Nothing is official though and things can change quickly. It only takes one team like Texas or Texas A&M to join the SEC rather than the Pac 10 for the rest of the Big 12 transfers to back out and stay put. When the dust settles, I expect those five teams to make the switch to the “Pac 16” and create the first football super conference (much like the Big East in basketball). This would create two, eight team divisions. The conference would look like this:

  • Arizona
  • Arizona State
  • Oregon
  • Oregon State
  • Washington
  • Washington State
  • USC
  • UCLA
  • Stanford
  • California
  • Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • Texas A&M
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
  • Colorado

North: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, California, UCLA, USC

South: Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado

Talk about a tough conference. The team that survives that journey would probably play in the national championship every single year.

This of course is all hypothetical. The only thing we know right now is that Colorado has joined the Pac 10, and Nebraska is expected to announce its acceptance of the invitation to the Big 10. The Pac 10 becoming a super conference could certainly be a step in the right direction towards a playoff to determine the national champion.