The ripple effect from the SEC going to thirteen (and perhaps very soon to fourteen) schools is causing the Big 12 and Big East to scramble to stay viable. (The Big East had the added problem of having two of its members grabbed by the ACC so that it would remain viable.) That means continuing the trend of poaching the few mid-major programs which are acceptable either in terms of marketability or consistent top 1o rankings that we saw start with the Pac-12’s acceptance of Utah.
In the end, that means more schools in BCS AQ conferences and less mid-majors. And what that in turn leads to for the BCS is as inevitable as night following day.
There are a few possible B.C.S. discussions that everyday fans would care about. That would include adding a B.C.S. bowl game — the Cotton Bowl is commonly mentioned — to increase the number of B.C.S. bids and changing the limit of two teams per conference for B.C.S. games.
Jim Delany is hardly nonplussed by these developments.
… Plus One was ultimately seen as a gateway to a bigger playoff, and college football still appears a long way from trending in that direction. During the expansion boom the past two years, a common refrain was that the march toward 16-team superconferences would inevitably lead to a playoff.
Delany said he did not see that.
“I think the number of systems that you have in the structure has stayed the same,” he said. “I don’t see how the politics change much by the size of those units.”
And why should he be? As long as slapping a BCS label on a bowl results in more bucks coming in the door and letting more schools from AQ conferences slop at the money trough, life is good. From his standpoint, what does college football need a playoff for, anyway?