This sent shockwaves throughout college football, with the two biggest names in the Big 12 joining forces with the best conference in college football (and no, I’m not an SEC fan – this is just a fact at this point).
In response, three of the other Power 5 conferences joined forces, with news coming out that the PAC 12, ACC and Big Ten intended to enter into an alliance to try to counter the SEC’s new “super-conference.”
BREAKING – The Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC have officially announced an alliance on Tuesday.
According to ESPN, the AAC’s bylaws require schools give the conference a 27-month notice before leaving (in addition to a hefty $10 million buyout), which means that it’s likely we won’t see this new incarnation of the Big 12 until 2024 – although it’s possible that the schools could negotiate an earlier exit.
For their part, the AAC issued a statement saying that today’s move just proves the strength of their own conference:
“The irony that three of our schools are being asked to take the place of the two marquee schools which are leaving the Big 12 is not lost on us. Our conference was targeted for exceeding expectations in a system that wasn’t designed to accommodate our success.
All three of these institutions have enjoyed unprecedented success as members of The American, as have our remaining schools.”
The move also means that it’s now the AAC’s turn to reload, with likely targets including schools from the Mountain West Conference like Boise State, Conference USA, and the Sun Belt conference.
And I know the Big 12 has to act like today was a major victory for them, but let’s be honest: Do any of the new schools really bring what Texas and Oklahoma brought to the table?
I mean, the closest any of these new teams have come to winning a national championship was back in 2017 when UCF had an undefeated season and declared themselves the national champions.
Before realignment, the Big 12 had not won a Football National Championship since the 2005 season, but now their membership includes the 2017 co-National Champions.