It’s weird isn’t it. It feels like the Western part of the USA needs a strong conference. It’s a whole different part of the world and with the perceived implosion of the premier league out there that vacuum has to spell opportunity for something, some group.
As for interest in all these league matchups between the big dog programs. Eh it’s okay. It’s for the big dog fans me not so much. My SEC fans love to watch these matchups and their teams from sports bars on tv. I still like in person action even in a stadium half filled with 15k other fans. That’s nothing the big dog fans understand. I don’t care. Something about watching an in person battle under a big black sky on a steamy desert night with 40k excites me.
The money will flow for the 3 conferences but I can’t say the same for the interest. They only need their rabid fanbases I assume. But interest from the left out rabid fanbases won’t automatically tune in for all these “must see matchups.” Will I turn in more or less? Not sure, probably the same. Because for me it’s always been about my university, their progress, the entertainment and those friend filled Saturday afternoons. I can watch those other games at my leisure like I already do.
Play teams you can drive to against programs you can build rivalries with. The more things change, sometimes the more they stay the same.
Yes, but as much as I would like for that to be a possibility that has a 1 in a million chance of happening. If the Pac had to dip into the G5s there would be a myriad of other schools that would get a look before we do.
In this scenario I would see it go:
-The 6 schools apply to the Big12. Either all get in or a couple get left out.
- The Big12 isn't interested, and they invite 4-6 from the G5. The Pac name still holds some weight so I don't see any MWC/G5 team able to resist if invited.
Interesting scenario. Any promotion is a promotion, right? But I don't think NT would be involved in that situation. However, the MWC as a whole could. Say the PAC is left with 6 schools. Would they prefer to:
- Merge into the Big12 as part of a cross-country conference?, or
- Merge the MWC into them and maintain their Western regionalism?
Just to throw this out there: assuming a weakened PACXX somehow comes calling for UNT, do you take that chance? Is a spot in a weak traditional P5 better than a spot in a strong G5? Remember that the P5 isn't just a media name, the conferences are actually under a different ruleset as named "autonomy conferences".