college football expansion

College Football's Next Superpowers?

Is Oklahoma State the next program to enter national prominence?
<p> Who will be the next great program to enter national prominence?</p>

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

In the 1980s, it was Florida State, Miami and Colorado. In the 1990s, it was Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. In the 2000s, it was Oregon, TCU, Boise State and Utah.

For a variety of reasons – coaching, support, media exposure, recruiting base – each of these programs blossomed into the full-throated college football monsters that we see every Saturday.

Who Will be the SEC's 14th Team?

Will Virginia Tech be the SEC's 14th team?
<p> With Texas A&amp;M joining the SEC for 2012, the conference will have 13 teams. Which teams could the SEC be eyeing to get to 14?</p>

By Steven Lassan and Mitch Light

Texas A&M has announced its intentions to apply for membership in the SEC. The Aggies intend to join the SEC in time for the 2012 season. However, the conference can't stay at 13 teams forever. Which teams could be on Mike Slive's wish list to be team No. 14?

SEC Expansion Candidates

Impact of Texas A&M Leaving the Big 12 for the SEC

Texas A&M will become the 13th member of the SEC in 2012.
<p> Texas A&amp;M is leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. What does this mean for the Aggies, the Big 12, SEC and college football?</p>

by Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

After a lengthy process, Texas A&M has officially said goodbye to the Big 12 and is off to the SEC. The Aggies nearly made the move in the summer of 2010, after Texas and a couple of other Big 12 teams nearly left to create a Pac-16 conference. However, there’s no turning back now: Texas A&M is the 13th member into the SEC.

Big 12 On Life Support; Superconferences Coming Soon?

With Texas A&M basically gone and OU unhappy, the Big 12's days are numbered
<p> With Texas A&amp;M basically gone and OU unhappy, the Big 12's days are numbered</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

It seems college football is preparing for a major shift in conference realignment very soon. Although the 2011 season is just getting underway, the race is on to get conference affiliation finalized in time for 2012. The first domino is ready to fall, which could spur several teams to change conferences.

College Football's Superconferences

What would college football look like with superconferences - and is it really that bad?

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

The end of the world is not upon us. The sky isn’t falling.

And the gates of hell are not opening to swallow conference commissioners, university presidents or TV executives anytime soon.

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<p> What would college football look like with four superconferences? Is it really that bad?</p>
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Baylor Threatens To Keep Texas A&M in the Big 12

Will Baylor's threat of legal action be enough to keep the Big 12 together?
<p> Will Baylor's threat of legal action be enough to keep the Big 12 together?</p>

In an attempt to save the Big 12 from crumbling, Baylor is considering legal options against Texas A&M and the SEC. This twist is just the latest in a bizarre saga involving the Big 12, especially after Nebraska and Colorado left the conference after the 2010 season.

What the Birth of the Big 12 Tells Us About Its Current Struggle

As the Big 12 struggles to stay alive, we look back at its birth to see if history is repeating itself.
<p> As the Big 12 struggles to stay alive, we look back at its birth to see if history is repeating itself.</p>

This article about the death of the Southwestern Conference and subsequent birth of the Big 12 originally appeared in the 1995 edition of Athlon's Big Eight magazine. As Texas A&M prepares to move to the SEC, leaving the future of the Big 12 up in the air, we feel this piece is worth revisiting as history seems to be repeating itself.

By Ivan Maisel