EastCoastFan Posted March 13 Share Posted March 13 On 3/13/2023 at 12:55 PM, Orange said: What we've learned is that pretty much every university in the conference, save for Washington State and Oregon State, has an escape parachute option to some other P5 conference should the SEC/B1G/Big 12 poach the other 8 teams. That's the bottom line. Stanford, Cal, Oregon, UW, ASU, UA, CU, Utah, etc., are all fine. WSU and OSU are fucked, save for a miracle arriving in the form of some wicked TV deal that appeals to the bulk of the other 8 schools. It's as simple as that. If the Pac implodes, and WSU and OSU end up looking for homes in the WAC or MWC, those schools will be absolutely decimated, financially. And the communities with them. It's a bummer, but it's the truth. Everything else is just background noise. Your thoughts make some sense, but there are still questions. For example, if the B1G were to add UDub, Oregon, and then also take Stanford to pair with Notre Dame, where would that leave Cal? Or, if the four corners (or three of them) were to jump and the B1G wasn't marketing for long trips to the Northwest, where would that leave Oregon and Washington? In other words, while the Beavs and Cougs are closest to the ledge, nobody in the Pac is totally safe. The reason why Big-12 expansion is on the table is because that conference's "stability' is a code word for nobody wants to grab any of their members, while the Pac's "instability" goes directly to the desirability of their schools. Here's a sidethought to consider; are Central Florida, Cincinnati, and KSU really all that much better to have in a conference than Oregon State and Washington State? The numbers sure don't seem to say so. From my perspective, when this is all done and the B1G and SEC finally have expanded with whatever add-ons from the ACC and Pac they take, all the rest, the leftovers from the ACC and the Pac, along with the entirety of the Big-12, put together (including the Beavs and Cougs) would make a nice coast-to-coast national conference, a reasonable #3 in the rank of college athletic leagues. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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