Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Expansion and the BCS
I don't know how it happened, exactly, but conference expansion talk has stormed the headlines of every newspaper and message board in the Mountain West.
Specifically, people are buzzing about Pac-10 expansion. I guess the Pac-10 commissioner said something when the tape was rolling, and we have-nots have been squirling about it ever since.
Seems the Pac-10 is finally going to add two more teams to make it a legitimate 12-team conference, complete with a championship game (in football) and two different divisions. The additions? According to the rumor mill, it's Utah and Colorado.
Timeout! I call BS.
Talk like this always amuses me because it happens EVERY YEAR. There's always some obscure comment from some official that sends us fans into a frenzy, and soon our heads get higher than the clouds and BYU is playing USC for the conference championship.
Hold on there, hoss. Slow down a minute and ask yourself these questions: How often does college football as an institution embrace/initiate sweeping changes to its time-honored traditions? How eager would the Pac-10 be to share revenue with two additional teams? And finally, why on earth would they add a market like Salt Lake City?
Clinging to the fibers of an afterthought comment about conference expansion is pathetic. I'm not going to close the door completely, but I am willing to put money down that says the Pac-10 won't expand anytime in the near future.
I know BYU and Utah fans want to be a part of the BCS, but expansion isn't the way it's gonna happen. The surest way of horning in on the BCS racket is by beating out the Big East and other BCS conferences when the system is re-evaluated in 2012.
Regardless, the safe bet is this: Don't cancel that road trip to Laramie anytime soon, because BYU and Utah are going to be in the MWC for a long, long time.