In the next 48 hours, we could see conference realignment at work. According to multiple sources, Colorado is looking to make a move from the Pac-12 to the Big 12 within the next 48 hours. This move will be the first major Power 5 to Power 5 move since 2014, when Maryland and Rutgers joined the Big Ten while Louisville joined the ACC. It marks what potentially could be the first domino to fall in what could be a wild couple of years for the NCAA.
Look, I'll be frank. I think conference realignment is awesome. Creating quality conferences and quality competition increases NIL opportunities, promotes more money to go back into these programs, and overall, makes schools better. With this move, the Big 12 will continue to add schools after adding UCF, Cincinnati, BYU, and Houston. All four of those schools are able to compete at the Power 5 level and have shown it time and again. Colorado's move makes sense due to proximity, NIL opportunities, and competition. This leaves the Pac-12 reeling after already having struggles though however, and here we can see the negative effects of conference realignment. Conferences with less competition, less notoriety, and less money to throw around will suffer unfortunately if they cannot adapt. We could see the advent of "Super Conferences" to where we see high numbers of schools competing for titles that potentially will mean more, and those conferences that do not adapt/merge with one another could see their ends. I still think it's awesome though because, in all likelihood, we will see these conferences do just that and create higher competition with better results. Games will mean more and teams will have their shot to truly prove themselves and not be looked down upon because of the conference they're in. I think it will be good for college football, good for the athletes, coaches, and administrations, and overall, good for the NCAA and its pockets. Those that do not adapt get left in the dust, that's showbiz baby.
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