With the departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 currently in the news, the proposed SEC super conference is enough to begin the always-favored talk of the demise of the BCS. Even if just one team enters the Southeastern Conference, it would throw another wrench in the supposed balance of power and supposed shrunken disparity between teams around the country.
With Florida State, Clemson, and Missouri also rumored to switch (yes, I know that the latter two already said they were happy and not leaving, but let’s be real, who wouldn’t jump at the chance for the money and exposure from the SEC if given the opportunity) affiliations to the Southeastern Conference, it is only a matter of time until the argument that the SEC, or whatever conference begins the rapid expansion, deserves a bigger piece of the pie in the BCS and/or that the two (or more) best teams in the country are all in the same conference.
Despite the five last years all being SEC National Champions, there has been drama. In 2009, the two best teams in the country were obviously Florida and Alabama, and the de facto national championship game was the SEC Championship. However, all too often, there are several teams in the SEC that cancel each other out. You might have two to three one-loss teams that are all better than an undefeated cupcake squad. It’s rather upsetting to be a fan of a conference that routinely doesn’t get the credit it deserves, especially when put up against the likes of a Sun Belt or Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
For years, I railed against Boise State getting into the BCS mix, because I felt they were in a rather horrible conference. At least they have joined a somewhat respectable conference now in the Mountain West. However, TCU is about to leave them, so the conference really won’t have a leg to stand on with the additional loss of Utah. It goes back to the fact that the best teams in the country won’t be able to play for the national championship under the current system. If you had a 16-team playoff, I’d bet the SEC has the most seeds on any given year. That way, the SEC (or whatever power conference develops) will have a chance to show that they have the best teams in the country. Many naysayers say that the immense amount of money that bowl games provide for will always counteract the playoff push for FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision). I think with a 14-team conference or larger, you’ll see that conference will have such a large pull in the balance of power that their interests will become the norm. The smaller conferences would also support the playoff, because they know that they have a higher odds of making it into a national championship game via a playoff system.
I seriously want a playoff. I feel like it’d be a great way to see the best teams truly show who they are. One game could be a fluke, but win a few in a row against elite competition, and you prove that you’re the best. All we need is a power conference to form. Texas A&M could be the final domino that falls before the NCAA realizes a playoff is necessary for Division I FBS.
The PAC-12 might only last for one year before it becomes the PAC-16. Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State might join the mass exodus from the one-time great conference. PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott will become the person that playoff lovers everywhere fall in love with, as his ruthlessness and desire to have the greatest conference will lead to the super conference that will eventually kill the BCS (along with the Department of Justice’s case against the NCAA and BCS).
I can only suspect that the SEC, prime examples of a perfect 12-team conference, will add Texas A&M. Florida State, Clemson, and Missouri seem prime to jump on board as well, as the money from the college game is just something that most people wouldn’t turn down. If you ask why Missouri and not Miami, you can see that the SEC increases its visibility in the Midwest and Great Plains states with the death of the Big 12. Now, the ACC, Big Ten, and Big East will seemingly try to survive as well, and the great college football shake-up will officially change the game forever. The landscape will forever have changed, and I think a third sub-division of Division I could happen.