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Posted on: March 23, 2010 3:35 pm
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Expansion-Pac 10 Wondering If It Needs It

CBS'  Dennis Dodd reported today that the commissioner of the Pac-10 has had conversations with the Big 10 and Big East about holding a championshp game with less than the NCAA-mandated twelve teams.
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The article notes that there's not a lot of value for the Pac-10 adding teams.  Unlike the Big Ten, it does not have a cable network that is driving the expansion issue.   (Although, there reportedly have been talks about the Pac-10 and/or Big 12 joining forces to form one.)
Dodd's article leaves the impression though that the Pac-10 might be interested in staying at ten teams but having a championship game.  What stands in the way are NCAA bylaws that require a conference to have 12 teams to hold a conference championship.

So I'm reading this article and I'm thinking, well good luck with that Pac-10.  If I remember correctly the ACC wanted to do the same thing but was told they needed twelve teams.  That set them on the path to expansion and the Big East raid.   So why is the Pac-10 commissioner bothering to talk to the Big East and Big Ten about this?  Well they're the only BCS conferences that don't have a conference championship.  Maybe he's trying to cobble together some support to get the twelve team rule overturned?

Here's another thought.  What if the Pac-10 decided to set up a championship game that involved not one but two or more conferences?   Suppose the Pac-10 approaches the Big East and says, "Hey let's soak up some of this post regular-season, pre bowl time TV time  and maximize our TV revenue by staging a Pac-10/Big East championship?"  Now I'd include the Big Ten in this idea because it, or at least Joe Paterno and Barry Alvarez are concerned about the Big Ten disappearing from the public eye after conclusion of the Big Ten season.  Expansion, however, makes more sense for the Big Ten because of the potential for further profits from their Big Ten Network cash cow.

The Big East and the Pac-10 don't have that option.  If Dodd reports that the Pac-10 is having trouble finding schools "valuable" enough to support expansion, how do you think the Big East feels?  The Pac-10 targets could be Utah, BYU, and Colorado.  The Big East gets to look at UCF, Memphis, and East Carolina.  Now don't get me wrong, I think any of these schools could become valuable members of the Big East, just as USF, Cincinnati, and Louisville did.  "Become" is the operative word though.  They're not going to come in and immediately increase the pie.

But a Pac-10/Big East championship would increase the TV revenues of both conferences.  Some hungry network would be happy to pick it up during the week of the other conference championships.  You don't have to expand to do it.   Finally, it gets you back in the public eye during conference championship week.  Alternate the site between the Pac 10/BE champ for the first few years so you don't have the embarrassment of an empty Gator Bowl like the ACC had.  If you get a really prime matchup like a highly ranked West Virginia and USC you can always move it to a larger pro stadium nearby if deamand warrants it.  In fact most of the teams in these conferences line up pretty well with nearby pro stadiums.  Just look at the BE:  WV and Pitt- Heinz Field in Pittsburgh,  Cincy and Louisville-Paul Brown Stadium, Rutgers, UConn, Syracuse-The new Meadowlands, USF- Raymond James Stadium.  The Pac 10 already has USC, UCLA, in the LA Coliseum and Rose Bowl, Cal's Memorial Stadium seats 75,000, Stanford can play at Candlestick, Husky Stadium holds 72,500,  (Sorry Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State, you get to schlep to Seattle), and Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium and Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Now, I'm sure the bowl interests would fight this tooth and nail.  The Big Ten wouldn't like it.  But, hey, with the Big Ten's potential expansion, it' a bold new world in college football right?

Now, will this stave off expansion for both of these conferences forever?  No.  But not a bad interim step to make some money.



Posted on: September 7, 2008 9:26 pm
 

TBDPITL Week #2

Here they are.  The monkeys aim and throw for Week #2.

1. USC - The class of the nation.  OSU will not fare well.

2. Georgia - Beat a decent Central Michigan squad.

3. Missouri - First cupcake.

4. Ohio State - Second cupcake, and didn't look good.

5. Texas - Second cupcake.

6. Florida - Miami?

7. Wisconsin - Second cupcake.

8. Louisiana St. - Nothing new.

9. Auburn - A win against a legit team.  How refreshing!

10. Penn St. - Buried Oregon St.  Impressive.

11. Oklahoma - Not much trouble with Cincy.

12. Alabama - Tulane?  Hmmm.

13. East Carolina - Are they for real now?

14. Fresno St. -  Wiscy will be the test

15. Oregon - 66 points? Yeah, that'll do it.

16. South Florida - A rare Big East winner.  And here comes Kansas.

17. Texas Tech - Beat Nevada, yawn.  Wake me up when they play Kansas and Texas.

18. Kansas - Jayhawks play their first and only decent team since Missouri in USF. Will they be Oregon or Auburn?

19. Arizona St. - Smacked Stanford around.  Not bad.

20. Wake Forest - Almost lost to Ole Miss.  Just what we need , another SEC contender.

21. Illinois - After Week 2, their loss to Missouri doesn't look so bad.

22. Virginia Tech - After what East Carolina did to West Virginia, Virginia Tech doesn't look so bad.

23. UCLA - Nothing new.

24. Utah - UNLV hung around for a little while anyway.

25. BYU - Lucky to beat a poor Washington team.

Posted on: September 3, 2008 5:26 pm
 

TBDPITL Week 1. I really mean it this time.

Ok, in the interest of full disclosure, here are my votes.

1. USC - Trojans don't need a 1AA tuneup.  Ask Virginia.

2. Georgia - Georgia beats cupcake #1

3. Missouri - Tigers move up with big win over Illinois

4. West Virginia - See Georgia

5. Ohio St. - See Georgia

6. Texas - See Georgia

7. Florida - Memo to Hawaii.  Never visit the SEC again.

8. Wisconsin - See Georgia

9. LSU - Appy State learned LSU is not Michigan

10. Oklahoma - See Georgia

11. Auburn - Ok, so it's not a state-wide thing with Louisiana-Monroe

12. Alabama - Alright Saban, you impressed me.

13. Fresno St. - Damn Bulldogs!

14. Oregon - Ducks roll. Or should I say waddle?

15. Penn St. - Big win over Coma Carolina

16. USF - See Georgia

17. Texas Tech - Yeah, you shoulda been here in my preseason poll

18. Kansas - See Georgia

19. Cincinatti - See Georgia

20. Arizona St. - See Georgia

21. UCLA - Not completely convinced but beating TN has to be worth something

22. East Carolina - Note to Big East.  Scoop up the Pirates.  NOW!

23. BYU - Missed you in preseason poll. Sorry Cougs.

24. Utah - Yeah, Michigan's O is new but the Utes beat up their D too.

25. Wake Forest - A rare ACC winner last week.

Barbarian Report on the big week by Utah, East Carolina, and Fresno State on the way!

Posted on: March 28, 2008 4:51 pm
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