The Ever-Expanding (College Football) Universe
I swore I wouldn’t write about this topic. I idly sat by while all the other blogs handled the situation, but with Colorado eying the Pac-10 and Nebraska buddying up to the Big 10, it appears that the time is finally upon us.
It’s Conference Expansion Season.
Lord, I prayed this day would never come. I honestly couldn’t care less what the other conferences do, but when it comes to the SEC, I think there’s NO use trying to fix a machine that not only already works, but has churned out the past 4 national title winners. Why screw something like that up??? I see no viable reason except money. money money money.
Who else agrees that college football is about so much more than money? Don’t get me wrong, I’m as capitalistic as they come. I understand that the world runs on money and there’s no avoiding that. But come on people, it’s not like the SEC is short on revenue. I’m too lazy/pissed to actually post exactly how much money everyone makes for different bowl games and whatnot, but it’s a lot. If we were to add teams, ESPECIALLY teams that aren’t very good, it just means that money would have to be split 14 or 16 ways, instead of 12 ways. That’s less money to everybody (at first. like i said, if the new teams were to perform well, they’d bring in new money and would offset the loss, etc.)
The ONLY viable teams I could see the SEC attempting to add would be teams like: Texas, A&M, Oklahoma, OK State, Texas Tech, and Virginia Tech. Maybe an NC State, but that’d be a waste. The only reason we should ever consider expanding should be in order to expand our footprint. If we WERE to expand out west and pick up the Texas teams or OK teams, we’d pick up on their fanbases, which are currently untapped by the SEC. Same with Virginia or a NC team. That’s the only thing that makes sense to me.
What DOESN’T make sense to me is all the talk of Georgia Tech, Clemson, and FSU. Are you kidding me? Clemson would be the ONLY one I could possibly see. Their state is pretty split between fans of USC and fans of Clemson. Florida is dominated by UF, and let’s be completely serious. Atlanta is Dawg Territory. The nerds can’t even sell out their 55,000-seat stadium… in their OWN TOWN. Why is that? because all of Atlanta’s residents are in Athens, actually having fun. We would gain ABSOLUTELY NOTHING by offering the North Avenue Trade School a bid to join the SEC other than AJC nerds fainting because they’ll finally get the chance to “prove themselves!” (read: get their asses handed to them on a weekly basis instead of only at the end of the season.)
In the topic of conference expansion, my vote is to leave it be. Hell, the entire country could form a mega-conference, and I still think the SEC would dominate.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by, Bulldog Nation.
(and let’s hope next time I won’t have any new teams that I will need to cover…)