IT’S NOT JUST THE BIG 12
Just as Texas and Oklahoma controlled the fate of the Big 12 to a large extent, USC does the same for the PAC-12 and Ohio State does the same for the Big Ten. I would say that USC and Ohio State are the Texas of the PAC-12 and Big Ten, but no school is as outrageous as Texas in their view of themselves. So I’m going with the Oklahoma comparison. They know they are important to the conference because of the following they have on the football field but they are a little more down to earth.
The Big 12 is currently going through something the PAC-12 and Big Ten hope to avoid. But with the recent expansion of the SEC, both conferences have to be concerned to some extent.
If USC decides to listen to another conference or consider becoming an independent, PAC-12 schools will start wondering about their future as a power conference. What is that conference without USC? I know, it sounds funny to me too, but that’s the way the world works right now. Ohio State would cause the same trouble in the Big Ten.
So the Big Ten and Pac-12 will be looking to solidify their place among the elite college football conferences. Sure, there is a lot of talk right now that the other power conferences aren’t concerned and they are not rushing to expand, but that’s a bunch of garbage. Any time the SEC gets stronger, the other conferences get weaker. They have to get stronger or risk collapsing.
So while everyone is taking shots at the Big 12 for being in scramble mode, it could have been any conference not named the SEC. The Big 12 was just the conference that made the mistake of adding Texas as a member so many years ago.
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With the future at stake, the Pac-12 must keep its football powers happy — starting with USC (Jon Wilner)
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