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Big Ten bound?

Greatest Fan of All

The Legend
10 Year Member
OK the BIG needs to pick up 13 more teams, so we can have 3 divisions of 9 teams and an at-large berth for our 4-team BIG conference playoff. Round robin schedule...no cross division games outside the playoff. The new teams are:

Oklahoma
Kansas
West Virginia
Missouri
Syracuse
Virginia Tech
Iowa State
Louisville
Boston College
Oklahoma State
Texas
TCU
Clemson

Lots of tv sets here...a really big TV contract. And if a few of the PAC schools want in...ok, add a fourth division. Toss in:

Colorado
Boise St
Utah
Washington
Washington St
Oregon
BYU
Texas Tech
Kansas State

Yep, 36 teams...4 divisions. Maybe we'll get a team in the CFB playoffs.
 

DuckTownHusker

Blackshirt Sith Lord
5 Year Member
Out of curiosity.....why would the SEC going to 16 force the B1G to do it too?
Keeping up with the Joneses.

In college football there's a Power 5 but more accurately there's a Power 3 and a Titan 2. when it comes to TV Revenue it's basically a cold war arms race between the Big Ten and the SEC. The Big 12, ACC, and Pac-12 have nothing that can compare when it comes to the money raked in by the BTN and SEC network.

The B1G and SEC contracts are offsetting so essentially as soon as one of us negotiates a bigger payday then in a couple years the other conference negotiates and even larger payout. And that cycle just keeps flip-flopping back and forth making a larger and larger disparity between the other three conferences.

So if either conference goes to 16 teams it practically forces the hand of the other to also go to 16 teams. Two extra teams means a lot more inventory to sell to ESPN or Fox, especially if that inventory includes big names like Texas, Oklahoma, or Notre Dame.

Think of it like phone company monopolies. If T-Mobile and Sprint finalized their merger you can be sure that AT&T and Verizon will respond so they don't fall behind the market.
 

BigRedAvenger

Poster of Substance
2 Year Member
Keeping up with the Joneses.

In college football there's a Power 5 but more accurately there's a Power 3 and a Titan 2. when it comes to TV Revenue it's basically a cold war arms race between the Big Ten and the SEC. The Big 12, ACC, and Pac-12 have nothing that can compare when it comes to the money raked in by the BTN and SEC network.

The B1G and SEC contracts are offsetting so essentially as soon as one of us negotiates a bigger payday then in a couple years the other conference negotiates and even larger payout. And that cycle just keeps flip-flopping back and forth making a larger and larger disparity between the other three conferences.

So if either conference goes to 16 teams it practically forces the hand of the other to also go to 16 teams. Two extra teams means a lot more inventory to sell to ESPN or Fox, especially if that inventory includes big names like Texas, Oklahoma, or Notre Dame.

Think of it like phone company monopolies. If T-Mobile and Sprint finalized their merger you can be sure that AT&T and Verizon will respond so they don't fall behind the market.
If the SEC added 2 more teams though, they would likely have to go to 9 conferemce games or drop crossovers altogether, which I would not put past them.
 

Hville

Junior Varsity
5 Year Member
If the SEC added 2 more teams though, they would likely have to go to 9 conferemce games or drop crossovers altogether, which I would not put past them.
Yea who knows with them but with two 8 team divisions you have 7 games within your division. Even going to 2 crossover games don't get you many games against that division. You would play other members of your conference once every 4 years.
 

DuckTownHusker

Blackshirt Sith Lord
5 Year Member
The best way to think of that kind of arrangement is more like two smaller conferences of 8 teams who just happened to have a scheduling partnership. Think of it as like a new Big 8 that plays some other 8 team conference
 

HUSKER HOT SAUCE

Be Yourself - Everyone Else Is Already Taken
5 Year Member
Why don't we just get a ruler, and draw a line right down the middle of America, and have two big conferences, the East Coast Conference vs. the West Coast Conference. That is how ridiculous this crap is sounding to me. Or, we can draw it across and have the Upper and Lower Conferences, perhaps nickname them The Cold vs. The Hot.
 
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