New Big 10/Pac-12 schedule alliance is admirable, but on the whole, unwatchable
The two conferences that are historically linked by the Rose Bowl have announced an admirable scheduling agreement. By 2017 (yes, that is six years from now), this alliance, as far as football goes, comprises an annual inter-conference affair. Translation — each school will play an opponent from the other conference every year.
Senator Blutarsky has some interesting comments on this new angle on brotherhood (more like cousin-hood, really), including the thought that nobody currently knows what the landscape of college football will look like in six years (and thus, who knows how and if this will really happen as details are ironed out in the next few years), and the prediction that these conferences will not likely be moving to a nine-conference-game schedule (like the SEC may be doing in a year or so).
The bottom line is that this is an admirably crafted PR move by both conferences, one rooted in the enviable history of the Rose Bowl. A college football season kicking off with, say, Michigan at Oregon has a lot more pizzaz than something like, oh, I dunno, say Tennessee vs NC State.
It is quite kymbaya-ish and all that. But the vast majority of the projected matchups, and I mean nearly all of them, is next to unwatchable. How so? Based on current program standings… this isn’t likely to alter my present college football viewing habits.
I’m in with these 12 matchups
Michigan/Ohio State/Wisconsin/Nebraska vs. Oregon/USC/Stanford.
My channel is elsewhere for these 72 matchups
Northwestern/Minnesota/Illinois/Iowa/Indiana/Purdue/Penn State/Michigan State vs. Washington/Washington State/Oregon State/Cal/UCLA/Arizona/Arizona State/Utah/Colorado.
That means that every season I’m watching one or two OOC games involving a Big 10 or Pac-12 school. Meh.