The Boise State Broncos cancelled their plans to move to the Big East in 2013 earlier today.
This may officially mark the end of the Big East, but more importantly, this could shift NCAA Division I football conferences in the direction of four super conferences. The Broncos may have caused an end to the Big East, which eliminates what was once a BCS conference.
To read more about how this affects the Big East specifically, click here.
I’m going to talk about the general NCAA implications of this move, and the direction college football could be headed.
When you think about it, why would any team want to play in a conference other than the Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 12 or SEC? Even the ACC is not what it used to be. Take away the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles, and the conference is not really anything special. Even the normal powerhouse Virginia Tech Hokies had a bad year.
The Big East is the new C-USA, the WAC has already announced it will fold, and I think a number of other small conferences are on their way out as well. They simply can’t compete with the stability of these four conferences at the moment.
If one of the two ACC teams mentioned above makes a jump to one of the four “power” conferences right now, I think it will create a snowball effect to these conferences and ultimately create a football super conference scenario with these four conferences owning 16 or more members each.
There have already been rumors of FSU to the Big 12, which really isn’t that far off to think about. If that happens, then it’s almost a certainty that this will play out in a super conference scenario.
The reason this would happen is that all other conferences would be too weak and not worth staying in, specifically in regards to the money a school can earn. The four power conferences would own essentially all of the revenue in college football.
I can’t say for certain how this will play out, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on as conference realignment continues to shape college football.