Five Reasons Why Texas A&M Just Ruined College Football
Today, Texas A&M basically ushered in the era of the college football superconference when the Southeastern Conference extended an invite to the university. (That legal threat lobbed by
It's an emo day to be a college football fan. Baylor an anonymous Big 12 school is idle at best.)
Well done, Aggies. You just fouled up college football.
The move by A&M will topple the Big 12, which means some teams will run screaming to the Pac-12 while others scurry to other Football Bowl Subdivision conferences to create 14- and 16-team divisions. The remaining schools -- such as Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa State -- well, you're pretty much screwed.
By the way, this is not on the University of Texas and its Longhorn Network. When expansionpalooza debuted last summer, A&M could have followed Nebraska's and Colorado's leads by leaving the Big 12; thus, the ruining of college football wouldn't have fallen squarely on the Aggies. Instead, College Station hemmed and hawed for a year. Now look what they've done.
Peace out, college football as we know it.
5. Instead of focusing on the games, we'll be talking about conference realignment hubbub
Once the season started last year, the conference realignment madness of summer 2010 took a back seat to the actual games. Not this year. Take this past weekend, for example. Baylor and TCU play an epic contest in Waco, LSU beats down Oregon in Dallas and Boise State owns Georgia in the ATL. But what was/is flashing nonstop across the ticker? Conference realignment rumors that seem to change by the hour.
Rice may not get football, but its MOB knows what's up.
4. The official christening of a money-hungry sport
College football's sad deterioration can be blamed on money; specifically, conference-centric television contracts, which makes the sport more wrecked than the equal-TV-revenue-sharing NFL. If you don't believe that college football is a cutthroat enterprise, how come nobody is talking about how college basketball, which usually doesn't rake in as much revenue as football, is going to be affected?