Conference Realignment

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Dan

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Welcome to the conference realignment/media rights thread.

2024
USC, UCLA, Oregon & Washington to the Big Ten.
Texas & Oklahoma to the SEC.
Colorado, Utah, Arizona & Arizona State to the Big 12.
Stanford, Cal & SMU to the ACC.

2023
BYU, Cincinnati, Houston & UCF joined the Big 12.
 
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Kramerica Industries

Greenville, SC
silly breaking bad GIF
 
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Shief

Champaign Area
Well, the next 36 hours should be somewhat interesting.
Do tell? I am sure that Oregon St., Wash. St., Cal, and Stanford are trying to figure out where they will be in 2024 and beyond.
 
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If FSU wants to win, they stay put. Why go through the meat grinder that is Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee every year, or the Michigan, MSU and PSU meat grinder each year?

Now, if they want to simply make money, then go to the SEC or B1G, pocket $50 - $90 million and know there are huge roadblocks to the CFP or NY6 bowls.
 
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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
can someone take a short trip into the wayback time machine and explain why exactly the ACC schools ever agreed to the 15-16 year GOR contract ?
didnt they ever think that maybe a 6-8 year deal made more sense ?

I recall there being some moving pieces to this puzzle, and the ACC was afraid of some schools leaving,
but why did Clemson and FSU, in particular, both agree to this ?
 
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mattcoldagelli

The Transfer Portal with Do Not Contact Tag
can someone take a short trip into the wayback time machine and explain why exactly the ACC schools ever agreed to the 15-16 year GOR contract ?
didnt they ever think that maybe a 6-8 year deal made more sense ?

I recall there being some moving pieces to this puzzle, and the ACC was afraid of some schools leaving,
but why did Clemson and FSU, in particular, both agree to this ?
Panic?

At the time, it seemed that the safest way to stay afloat was to lash everyone to the mast of a rights agreement, and if 5 years is strong, 15 years is even stronger. They had a relationship with ESPN and a spot in the playoff secured, how bad could things *really* get?
 
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ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
can someone take a short trip into the wayback time machine and explain why exactly the ACC schools ever agreed to the 15-16 year GOR contract ?
didnt they ever think that maybe a 6-8 year deal made more sense ?

I recall there being some moving pieces to this puzzle, and the ACC was afraid of some schools leaving,
but why did Clemson and FSU, in particular, both agree to this ?
ESPN demanded that long of a term, and the GOR security of what teams they'd be broadcasting, to give the conference what was at the time a competitive annual TV rights payment. It was the cost of getting that number, the long-term price certainty was a win for ESPN amid rapidly inflating prices at the time.

And honestly, given the trends in the industry, there is a degree of security they achieved there. The Big 12 and Pac 12 got obliterated, in different ways, by failing to make that kind of deal, and all of those remaining schools will now be at a lower per team figure.

It was a fantastic deal for the likes of Wake Forest and Boston College. Or really probably about 10-11 at least of the 14.

I do remember at the time a quote that said, if I recall correctly "I can't believe Florida State and Miami signed this"

how bad could things *really* get?
Frankly, even for Clemson and Florida State, how bad have they REALLY gotten? It's really kind of a pittance in the grand scheme of thing these schools are burning the sport down over.

How much happier is Maryland than North Carolina right now REALLY?
 
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Semi-random thought on this subject, but color me skeptical that the "big-time programs" or whatever will ever want a league made up solely of ... programs who view themselves just as highly as they do. Does Ohio State really want a league of 15 other Ohio States? These programs probably have to have some inferior teams in the league ... there is a huge difference between Florida State wanting out of the ACC because it believes it is setting itself behind the curve and Michigan raking in the dough in a "big-time conference" and being favored in nearly all of its games; I maintain only one of those programs would want to shake things up, and I definitely don't think there will ever be a day that our Big Ten membership is in jeopardy.

Yes, I know that it's not like "Michigan" is sitting in some room deciding this and that TV executives are running this show. However, last year the Illinois/Michigan game drew 5.47 million viewers - over 40% more than Nebraska drew on the exact same channel vs. Michigan the week before. Michigan is going to be favored when playing Illinois 8 times out of 10 ... why the hell wouldn't they want an 8-4 type Illini program that will more than hold its own as far as "value added" goes and that they can expect to beat most times in the conference? Hell, we are like the perfect in-conference neighbor. :ROFLMAO:
 
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Semi-random thought on this subject, but color me skeptical that the "big-time programs" or whatever will ever want a league made up solely of ... programs who view themselves just as highly as they do. Does Ohio State really want a league of 15 other Ohio States? These programs probably have to have some inferior teams in the league ... there is a huge difference between Florida State wanting out of the ACC because it believes it is setting itself behind the curve and Michigan raking in the dough in a "big-time conference" and being favored in nearly all of its games; I maintain only one of those programs would want to shake things up, and I definitely don't think there will ever be a day that our Big Ten membership is in jeopardy.

Yes, I know that it's not like "Michigan" is sitting in some room deciding this and that TV executives are running this show. However, last year the Illinois/Michigan game drew 5.47 million viewers - over 40% more than Nebraska drew on the exact same channel vs. Michigan the week before. Michigan is going to be favored when playing Illinois 8 times out of 10 ... why the hell wouldn't they want an 8-4 type Illini program that will more than hold its own as far as "value added" goes and that they can expect to beat most times in the conference? Hell, we are like the perfect in-conference neighbor. :ROFLMAO:
This. No way OSU wants to be in a conference that only contains bluebloods. That's why the alignment from 30 years ago was ideal - the OSU's and UM's got to dominate, the Illinois' and Iowa's could expect to contend for a conference title a few times a decade, the IU's and NW's could occasionally make a bowl game and earned enough $ to fund their athletic departments.

In the current environment, it's almost impossible to envision Illinois ever winning another conference championship in football. Which kind of sucks
 
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ptgrd23

orange county CA
2007 nobody thought we could go into Columbus and beat #1 undefeated OSU.

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It will be very hard to win the B10 with 3 super programs - OSU/Michigan/USC and two top 20 programs PSU and OR. However with 18 members we may only need to beat two of them in a given year. Last year all we had to do was beat Michigan to get to title game.
 
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This. No way OSU wants to be in a conference that only contains bluebloods. That's why the alignment from 30 years ago was ideal - the OSU's and UM's got to dominate, the Illinois' and Iowa's could expect to contend for a conference title a few times a decade, the IU's and NW's could occasionally make a bowl game and earned enough $ to fund their athletic departments.

In the current environment, it's almost impossible to envision Illinois ever winning another conference championship in football. Which kind of sucks
I actually think we would stand a decent chance if we return to the divisions, but I agree otherwise. Even if you add USC, UCLA, Washington and Oregon to a new West Division and shift some teams east (just not us!), it's not impossible to imagine a year where we win some tiebreakers and finish in first among that group ... then you go to Indy or wherever, and anything can happen. We did, let's remember, nearly knock off a dominant Michigan team at the Big House last year.

However, finishing in the top two of all 18 teams and then beating the other championship game participant is indeed a very tall order. :(
 
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wettsten

Chicago
I actually think we would stand a decent chance if we return to the divisions, but I agree otherwise. Even if you add USC, UCLA, Washington and Oregon to a new West Division and shift some teams east (just not us!), it's not impossible to imagine a year where we win some tiebreakers and finish in first among that group ... then you go to Indy or wherever, and anything can happen. We did, let's remember, nearly knock off a dominant Michigan team at the Big House last year.

However, finishing in the top two of all 18 teams and then beating the other championship game participant is indeed a very tall order. :(
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I think the only way divisions would work is if we picked up some teams between Nebraska and the Pacific coast... and the Big 12 seems to have shored up their conference a lot in those places.

I trust that the conference will make a fair and good rotation of schedules... but I still think we aren't done adding.
 
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I think the only way divisions would work is if we picked up some teams between Nebraska and the Pacific coast... and the Big 12 seems to have shored up their conference a lot in those places.

I trust that the conference will make a fair and good rotation of schedules... but I still think we aren't done adding.
You're probably correct. However, it would be cool to imagine a hypothetical future Big Ten (with probably more conference games) that has a West and East divisions but with "pods" or whatever within them that played each other more regularly. Not sure who we would add to even out these pods, but it would be a nice way to still have divisions? Something like a "Pacific Pod" and a "Midwest Pod" making up the West, and a "Great Lakes" and "East Coast" pod making up the East. However, you would still be fitting some teams in where it is kind of awkward.
 
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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
Jeff Johnson’s blog claims he hears the B1G AD’s are considering divisions based on performance ala english soccer

9 of the “best” teams in one division and the other 9 in the other . no word on how that would be split or how movement up or down would be determined .

regardless , money distributed is the same . it only effects schedules and probably gets reconfigured every two years
 
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Jeff Johnson’s blog claims he hears the B1G AD’s are considering divisions based on performance ala english soccer

9 of the “best” teams in one division and the other 9 in the other . no word on how that would be split or how movement up or down would be determined .

regardless , money distributed is the same . it only effects schedules and probably gets reconfigured every two years
Again, going back to my earlier post ... why would Ohio State want to play Michigan, PSU, USC, Oregon, etc. every year, possibly wrack up 2-3 more losses than usual and split that money equally with Northwestern in the "B Division"? I think the "big time schools" see the value in getting to play "second tier" programs that still draw good ratings like Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, MSU, etc. and yet are programs they should beat over 75% of the time.
 
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Again, going back to my earlier post ... why would Ohio State want to play Michigan, PSU, USC, Oregon, etc. every year, possibly wrack up 2-3 more losses than usual and split that money equally with Northwestern in the "B Division"? I think the "big time schools" see the value in getting to play "second tier" programs that still draw good ratings like Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, MSU, etc. and yet are programs they should beat over 75% of the time.

Depends on how playoffs will work, or if they even continue as we know them. The B1G will have as many teams as some pro leagues. They may not need to be as reliant on the BCS going forward.
 
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