Tuesday, the Big-10, PAC-12 & ACC announced their formation of an “alliance” in wake of the news of Oklahoma and Texas becoming members of the SEC on July 29th.
What does this mean? How will this affect college football? Is this “Alliance” a bigger or more impactful move than the OU-Texas move to the SEC? I’ll break it all down below.
“Did they just form a gigantic super conference?”
No. In fact, this “alliance” is built on 41 athletic directors’ “gentlemen’s agreement”, or a pinky promise so say. No contractual agreement.
“So, how does this impact the college football landscape?”
Scheduling. Instead of Ohio State playing teams such as Akron as a nonconference opponent each year, they’ll play teams apart of the alliance.
There are games scheduled through 2037, but just like Oklahoma & Texas saying they “intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements”, those games will likely be voided before then thanks to a large sum of money.
Not only does the alliance Conference’s partnership allow their schools to have a much better non-conference schedule (generating more money), I would assume this partnership was created to make the SEC’s non-conference portion of their schedule not include any of the remaining power five schools, thus making them playgroup of five teams (unless you want to still include the Big-12 as a power five conference).
“So where does this leave the Big-12? What does this mean?”
Nowhere. The Big-12 was left out for a reason and backs my previous statements that the conference will implode on its self, creating a path for Oklahoma and Texas to jump ship before 2025.
“Who will the SEC play in its non conference portion of its schedule?”
Well, obviously the group of five. With the expansion of the college football playoff and the opportunity to play a LOT more SEC teams with the ACC, Big-10 & PAC-12 enamored with each other, the Cincinnati’s, Louisiana’s, & UCF’s of this world will get yearly opportunities against SEC opponents, which is more beneficial to them than scheduling any other conference in the Power five; this makes their odds at getting into the college football playoff even greater.
“Does this Alliance trump the OU & UT move to the SEC?”
In my opinion, no. All this does is have a minor effect on scheduling, creating one to two great matchups a year. Plus, I can’t it seriously knowing that this “pinky promise” can be blown up if the SEC wanted a game against a member of the alliance bad enough. Money talks.
What are your guy’s opinions on the formation of this “alliance”? Is there a certain aspect to this move I have missed?