The Oklahoma Sooners are the Big Dog in a Big Dog conference and regardless of who may stay, go or come into the Big 12 Conference that fact won't change. Sure, there will be several people that will stand up and protest that statement but the facts remain. The Big 12 Conference has placed teams in the BCS Championship game more than any other conference, seven times, and in more than half of those it was the Sooners representing the pride of the Big 12. That should be enough to stand on its own but just in case I can throw out the fact that Oklahoma's six Big 12 championships are unequaled by anyone else in the conference. So, when it comes to the topic of conference realignment, why would OU want to go anywhere?
|BCS Championship Appearances By Conference
|2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
|1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
|1998, 1999, 2000
|1999, 2001, 2002
|2002, 2006, 2007
Regardless of the reasons you may hear, all of the conference realignment talk is motivated by nothing but dollars. There are lots of scenarios, lots of rumors, lots of teams involved but just one reason -$$$$$. That's why the Big 12 needs Oklahoma to stay in order to keep things intact. Oklahoma has been a part of the Big 12 Conference since 1928 when it was formed as the Big 6. In 2004 the Big East was pillaged by the ACC and although Nebraska and Missouri are charter members their defection to the Big 10 would not be the same as what happened to the Big East. The ACC gained Miami, FL and Virginia Tech who were the only teams to have ever represent the Big East in a BCS championship game.
Nebraska has been there once for the Big 12 (2001) and as much as Missouri has tried to play big boy ball within the conference they've failed to even win a conference title in the 14-years the of the conference. Yes, they'd be missed but yes, the conference would move on - even if Colorado left as well.
Here's what you can look for;
Where There's Smoke There's Fire - There will be a shake up of conferences and the Big 12 will lose a handful of teams. As much as I hate to admit it, Nebraska and Missouri could actually be leaving. This saddens me because of the history of rivalries they've had with the Sooners.
Go West Young Man - As much fun as it would be to have Arkansas join the Big 12 I don't think we'll see it happen. Instead the Big 12 will look west to the states of Utah and New Mexico to fill the voids and most likely "realign" the Big 12 divisions. We could potentially even see east and west divisions instead of north and south.
The Big 12 And Pac-10 Are About To Become Best Friends - Don't look for a super conference to form between the two because there's two much for the two conferences to lose. Instead, look for a partnership between the two conferences in scheduling and television rights that would dominate the market west of the Mississippi from Dallas to Seattle making it the largest in the country. Yes, even bigger than the SEC and the new Big 10.
Which brings us to the subject of Texas. If they leave the conference would still live on. Don't forget they've only been affiliated with the old Big 8 schools for fourteen years and the conference did fine before their arrival. However, the Longhorns are all about the Benjamins and a television package that big would be a cash cow that the Longhorns would stand in line to milk.