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College Football 2011 Week 12: The Home Stretch

blue big ten football logo on whiteBy Cabrone D. Brewer

And so it begins.

With only three weeks left to go in the regular season, the race for college football’s elite to claim division supremacy and secure post-season appearances in a variety of conference championship games has drastically started to heat up — just as the temperatures outside have begun to rapidly cool down.

The pressure continues to swell for No. 17 Nebraska and No. 20 Michigan, as both schools prepare to face each other in a matchup of serve importance for complete ownership of the lead in the Big Ten’s Legends Division.

Both teams enter the game at 8-2 overall with identical 4-2 records in the conference. A Michigan State loss to Indiana would put the winner of Saturday’s game at the Big House into a tie for the chance to play in the inaugural Big Ten Championship. The Cornhuskers hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Spartans, with Michigan needing to win out in order to make a solid case for a conference championship game appearance.

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Texas Declines Pac-10 – It’s All About the Money

texas longhornsSo the great college football realignment of 2010 has mostly ended, and, needless to say, it was a bit underwhelming.

The Big-12 stays afloat with ten teams, and the Big-10 now has a conference title game. The Mountain West gets stronger, while the Pac-10 adds a valuable Denver market.

The Texas Longhorns had an opportunity to set the whole NCAA on it’s ear by moving to the Pac-10, taking it’s fellow Texas and Oklahoma buddies with them, and creating the first of numerous “superconferences.”

Instead, the world is spinning (mostly) the same as it was. Why?

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Big 12 Conference Survives as Texas and Oklahoma Decline Pac 10 Invitation

For college sports fans, the past week has been a whirlwind. Confusing, frustrating and even emotional, it felt as if someone dropped all the college sports conferences into a Yahtzee cup and tossed them out onto the table.ou texas

The fury started with Pac 10 inviting several Big XII teams (Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado and Oklahoma) to join its ranks, creating a “super conference” of 16 powerhouse athletic programs. Nebraska was already being lured out by Big 10 (and has since accepted), and Colorado accepted the invitation from Pac 10 first. Fans waited with bated breath to see if the University of Texas would accept, trusting that A&M and Oklahoma would follow.

However, at what felt like the last minute, Texas declined, as did A&M and Oklahoma. Big XII commissioner Dan Beebe is being celebrated by conference fans as he managed to convince these teams to remain together in the conference. With Pac 10 baiting universities with money, Beebe promised that the schools would make more by staying put. They must have believed them. Read the rest of this entry »

Nebraska Cornhuskers Move to Big 10

nebraska cornhuskersThe Big 10 now has twelve teams. The Big 12 has ten. It’s just another day in college football, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers applied for membership in the Big 10 in the latest move in college football’s widespread realignment and were accepted.

The Cornhuskers bring a rich tradition, solid academic reputation, and a piece of the Midwest media market to the Big 10. The Big 10 expands their reach, and, even if they don’t get anyone else to join, have enough members to create a lucrative conference title game.

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Big 12 Faces Extinction as Pac 10 Invites Teams to Join

big-12-pac10Facebook statuses, tweets and the like are outraged; many express their disappointment, while some express deep anger about the death of a beloved part of the college experience for many people. What am I talking about? Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the demise of college finals – however those seem just about as integral to my college experience – but the end of the Big 12.

The University of Colorado was the first to leave, announced June 10, 2010, accepting an invitation to join the Pac-Ten. Other college powerhouses who are considering abandoning the Big 12 and joining the Pac-Ten, by invitation, include the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, and the University of Texas.

The University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska, who is seriously considering, were both invited to join the Big Ten conference. This would leave the former Big 12 with only Kansas University, Kansas State University, Baylor University, and Iowa State University, which would force the Big 12 to dissolve. Read the rest of this entry »


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