According to Max Olson of The Athletic, the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC are in “high-level discussions” to align themselves.
The report also details how the three commissioners of those conferences have been talking about a potential alliance “for several weeks.” Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff told The Athletic there is “nothing to report on this specific matter at this time.”
This alliance is likely a direct response to the “super conference” the SEC is attempting to build by having Texas and Oklahoma join it
as soon as possible right after the 2024 season, once their contracts with the Big 12 are up.
It is not specified how exactly the alliance would work — whether the conferences would remain the same or if they’d all merge into one giant conference — but it would likely create some really interesting matchups among the three conferences. Very seldom do we see Michigan go up against major ACC or Pac-12 programs. Obviously, 2021 is an exception for the Wolverines as they welcome Washington to town in Week 2.
But having the chance to consistently play teams like USC, UCLA, Clemson and Miami would be something special to watch, and would likely boost resumes for the College Football Playoff. With an expanded CFP very likely in the not-so-distant future, I think something like this would help, not hurt, teams. Plus, I’d love to see a team like Florida State travel north, play in late November and see if their play is impacted by the cold or not.
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