Realignment focus shifts to Oklahoma, Texas

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 19, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    Way too much speculation at this point. OK and TX control the next move. If they stay in the Big 12, they invite BYU and the madness stops - leaving the Big East in trouble.

    If OK and TX go to PAC, chaos will happen. ACC will likely pick up UConn and Louisville. WV and Missouri could go to SEC, Big 10 or stay where they are. Big 10 will put the pressure on ND to join with the pitch that the Big East is dead and they need a home for their other sports. Big 12 and Big East remnants will marry, but they'll need to add to stay relevant. Likely candidates will be Air Force, Boise State, Houston, UCF. I can see BYU joining this conference in football only and keeping their other sport in the WCC.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    BYU will still finish with a better record than the u ....MARK IT DOWN

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    @tommyjefferson- stick to writing historical documents, not fiction ok? The only team you mentioned that is having a banner year is Boise. TCU is good, but not great, BYU is in a death spiral, and SDSU is OK. USU would be a nice addition, but just because the put the fear of.. in Auburn, they aren't quite up to D1 power just yet. The current PAC 12 is better than what you mentioned. Just deal with it. Independence was your idea (pun intended)

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Any way you now can look at it, the Big East as a BCS football conference is dead. The SEC and ACC will continue to see to that as they build to 16 teams each.

    However, not sure which conference, if the BE and B12 combine, will retain its name, or semblance of it.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    If the two Texas schools go to the ACC instead of the Pac-12, that'd leave the Pac scrambling to figure out how to get to 16 teams (if the OKs go to the Pac).

    TCU will end up in the Big East/Big XII marriage, especially with the two Texas schools leaving. Their invite to the Big East will stand.

    What else can those two divorcees do but marry (BE/B12)?

    Could see the TX and OK schools decide to stay pat and invite BYU and the best BCS schools available in the Big East to get to 14 or 16 teams. Unlikely, but maybe Texas' best opportunity to keep their TLN in some form.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 19, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see what Texas does. I think they are going to have to make major concessions to be in the PAC-16 and they are not famous for doing that. I think that is why the ACC talks broke down. It will be nice to see Texas in a situation where they can't just bully their way into what they want.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    @ Snack PAC | 1:08 p.m. Sept. 19, 2011
    Olympus Cove, Utah

    Sorry you are having so much trouble coping with the 54-10 beat down. Good luck in the WAC.


  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    The Oklahoma and Texas schools will make the PAC 16 a much stronger conference, but the greater "access" to the BCS that Utah envisioned will become a pipe dream.

    With THREE perennial national championship contenders in their conference, Utah will never finish higher than 4th, and losing seasons will be a regular occurrance.

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    Sept. 19, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    RE: Otis Spurlock

    "The PAC 16 will now have two automatic BCS Bowls (accourding to ESPN)!!"

    So, now all speculation reported on ESPN is fact? Great, I'm glad to hear that we are going to four 16 team super conferences, and that BYU is joining the Big 12, which is being dissolved, and that there is now a playoff system, oh, and that this is the end of the BCS...

    Oh yeah, speculation is still only speculation, even if it comes from ESPN blogs.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    I told you I wouldnt post for a month if byu won.

    I knew they wouldnt. I'll be posting still.

    What an epic beatdown.

    You think recruits debating between Utah and byu will take that game into account? Yep you'd better belive it.

    1-2 start is a Bronco thing to do. Not a Kyle thing

    Rose Bowl 2012 Utes

    1-4 start again 2012 Cougars

    Mark it Down

    Central Florida has given up 20 points total in 3 games.

    Combine that with BYU offense that has scored 21 points in 3 games.

    Central Florida 27
    byu 10

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Welcome to the Conference of Champions, Texas and Oklahoma. With the addition of these two powerhouses, we are the undisputed #1 athletic conference in the nation. The PAC 16 will now have two automatic BCS Bowls (according to ESPN)!!

    Good time to be a Ute.