With the talks of conference expansion swirling, nearly everybody has a take on what will happen. This is extremely important to the future direction of college athletics because of where money will be going. The whole process has been driven by two things: the aggressive stance that new Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott has taken, and the restlessness of the Big 12 (Texas and Nebraska in particular). Here is my take on how the expansion will look when it's all said and done.
Click through to see the mock conferences as I think they will play out.
This whole process hinges on the one school that everybody wants: Texas. They will essentially choose where they go, and will likely take all the Texas teams with them (with maybe Baylor being left out).
Another great article (along with this one of course), is the one written by Dan Wetzel on Yahoo! Sports that blames the Big 12 for eschewing playoff. This outlines the things that led up to the talks of expansion and why the Big 12 will likely fold as a result of it.
Like always, feel free to comment and let's get a healthy debate going on here about what will happen. I would love to see your picks too so feel free to throw out your own predictions either on here, or make a FanPost about it.
Nebraska to the Big Ten appears to be moving very quickly. Joe Schad reports that the Big Ten prioritizes as follows:
1. Nebraska (check, more or less)
2. Notre Dame (no check)
3. Rutgers/Maryland (very interesting, nothing yet to either).
This is pretty interesting and could affect the ACC if they decide to pursue Maryland.