Friday an announcement that sent shockwaves across the collegiate landscape. The SEC and Big 12 agreed if their champions weren’t in the 4 team playoff that they would play each other in a bowl game. That may not be the Sugar Bowl, but I’m guessing it will be. This mirrors the deal between the Pac 12 and Big 10 in the Rose Bowl. Where’s the ACC? the Big East? Notre Dame? They aren’t anywhere to be found. I try to stay away from exaggerations and sensationalist articles, but this is significant and should be commented on.
For all the rumors running around in the last 2 months, nobody saw this deal coming. Nobody mentioned because it wasn’t until this morning that the first report of a big announcement from the Big 12 then SEC started leaking. To say some FSU fans are disgruntled and want to go to the Big 12, is the equivalent to me saying hey I hear the Dallas Cowboys want to win the Super Bowl, and that’s what most “insiders” are telling us. Any deals that are made take time and aren’t complete until they are actually signed. Remember what a lock Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma St to the Pac 12 was? As we know it never happened when it seemed a near certainly, but it is all coming to a head in the next six weeks. When the meetings are held at the end of June to decide college football’s playoff we’ll know the future.
If the decision is reached that the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, Pac 12 are the playoff representatives and that a non-AQ conference needs some special requirement to get in the playoff then hello super conference era. The other seismic shift that would bring about super conference era is if Notre Dame joins the Big 10. As the last remaining big independent entity in college football the Irish are capable of ushering in the super conference era or keeping the last bastions of collegiate athletic equitability intact. Last I looked representatives though from 11 conferences and Notre Dame were voting on this future playoff.
Boise St’s announcement that they will still plan to play in the Big East was quietly also a significant move. Boise St. was heavily rumored to be staying in the MWC but they didn’t. This move virtually ensures that the Big East won’t be disintegrating anytime soon. So many things are changing so fast. Nothing is set stone. The only things I’m sure of are is that there will be a 4-team playoff, the Pac 12/Big 10 and the SEC/Big 12 reached bowl agreements. One thing I wouldn’t do. The ACC/Big East should not have their champions play or they must have the caveat that both teams are ranked in the top 12. That includes Notre Dame as a third party. A game like that unless the teams are highly ranked is a losing proposition for both conferences. Ok ACC, Big East, Notre Dame your move…