College football is changing as we know it; the SEC is once again leading the pack. The SEC is in the process of adding Oklahoma and Texas to the conference. So where does that leave the rest of the Power Five? The Big 12 is in trouble. Just eight of its conference members remain. The best of the bunch is probably Oklahoma State or Baylor, neither being the powerhouses or brands Oklahoma and Texas are. The Big 12 needs help. Insert the Pac-12.
The Pac-12’s reputation is at an all-time low. The conference has been represented the College Football Playoff just twice since its inception. You won’t hear the major networks and analysts discuss the West Coast teams often, if at all. Perhaps the Big 12 could help, and vice versa.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff will discuss several options – including merging the two conferences and/or a scheduling alliance – on Tuesday, according to Max Olson of The Athletic.
Sources: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is meeting with Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff today to discuss the possibility of a scheduling alliance, merger or other options for their conferences to strategically work together.⁰ https://t.co/i3MFeMj9Ua
— Max Olson (@max_olson) August 3, 2021
We’re here for college football chaos. It looks like the Big 12 and Pac-12 are attempting to add some more to the current landscape.
We’re not too sure the Big 12 would help the Pac-12 all too much, but it looks like fans are loving the idea of a potential merger. Not to mention, what a start for George Kliavkoff, who took over as Pac-12 commissioner in July, replacing the infamous Larry Scott.
hell of a first year on the job for a George https://t.co/aQShhhDSKe
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) August 3, 2021
This meeting could save college football. https://t.co/YImvGaYTut
— Chris Hansen (@Chansen88) August 3, 2021
Let’s go! The only option here is merger. https://t.co/yoMHcVdIKA
— Chad Hasty (@ChadHastyRadio) August 3, 2021
The last time a Big 12 commish met with a new Pac-[Insert number] commish about a potential scheduling alliance, Larry Scott hatched a plan to take half the Big 12.
I’d imagine some or all of those remaining 8 would love if Kliavkoff hatched a similar plan. https://t.co/se7oCBo2Ef
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 3, 2021
From what Bowlsby said yesterday, he was making no commitment to adding teams and sounded more interested in a merger if one is available to him. https://t.co/kVA0hXnve7
— Matt Lively (@mattblively) August 3, 2021
1. Pac-12 should consider all options, esp sked alliances (inventory scale could = $$$)
2. Bowlsby knows the P12 well and is good source for Kliavkoff to learn the landscape
3. This won't be the only time they talk.
4. Check back in (many) months https://t.co/OhoLrVRMbi
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) August 3, 2021
Would love to see a merger, but more likely to be more of a “PAC 12-Big 12 challenge” in week 3 every year if Big 12 stays together…IMO https://t.co/9TwQtQ2vHa
— Cameron Stuart (@CamOnTV) August 3, 2021
"BIG PAC" COMING https://t.co/XtrAZd0Mod
— Ed Demaria (@Ed_Demaria) August 3, 2021
Things are happening! https://t.co/8QuzE3TTz5
— Brandon (@BDubFromTheHub) August 3, 2021
What do you think college football fans? Should the Big 12 and Pac-12 form the next super conference?
The two conference commissioners will discuss the idea during their Tuesday meeting.