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It seems obvious to me that the push for 4 16-team “super conferences” has begun. This will completely change the major college football landscape. We’ve seen a 16 team football conference before — the WAC tried it in 1996. It failed. As a result, the Mountain West was born in 1998. This is what we know (some of this happened last year, and it’s not necessarily in the right order).

The Pac-10 began pretty publicly courting Texas to leave the Big 12. They hinted they were willing to leave. Nebraska, fearful they would be the odd man out in the event Texas left and the B12 dissolved, preemptively struck and joined the Big 10 (which, ironically, had 11 members at the time). Colorado, also fearful of the things Nebraska was afraid of (and, as a less attractive school than Nebraska, perhaps more accurately so), also strikes preemptively, and joins the Pac-10. Utah, out of the WAC, also joins the Pac-10, forming the Pac-12, and allowing a conference championship game. This gave the Big 10 12 teams, and therefore a championship game of its own. The Big 12 was reduced to 10 teams, so byebye championship game. (Confused?)

Texas forms the Longhorn Network and starts grandstanding about being “loyal” to the B12. B12 approaches TCU about joining the conference, TCU says no. They end up joining the Big East (giving it 9 members). The Big East starts considering a 10th member.

ACC raids the Big East — again. Pitt and Syracuse bolt the BE. This will give the ACC 14-teams as soon as all the kinks are worked out in this move.

Texas A&M wants in the SEC. They are *seemingly* content stopping at 13 for now. I know they are doing a schedule for 2012 assuming a 13 team league.

What I Think Happened / Is Happening

It is my belief that Texas is the power player here. I think Texas’ talk of leaving the B12 LAST year was just to get Nebraska out of the conference. I think TCU told the B12 yes IFF (not a typo) the Longhorn Network was more or less rechristened as the Big 12 Network. Texas said no. TCU did, too. Bad gambit by them joining the BE, as it will dissolve after all of this. Just can’t see them surviving after Pitt and Syracuse jump ship. Where will Rutgers, WVU, UConn, TCU, Cincinnati, Lousiville, and South Florida end up? Here we go. I know you’ve all been hoping I would list how I think the conferences will shake out.

Pac 16
Arizona
Arizona State
Oregon
Oregon State
Washington
Washington State
California
UCLA
USC
Stanford
Texas
Texas Tech
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Utah
Colorado

Southeastern
Alabama
Auburn
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Florida
Kentucky
Ole Miss
Mississippi State
Arkansas
Georgia
South Carolina
LSU
Texas A&M
Missouri
Kansas
Florida State

Big Ten
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Nebraska
Indiana
Iowa
Wisconsin
Northwestern
Minnesota
Purdue
Penn State
Illinois
Kansas
Kansas State
Cincinnati
Rutgers

Atlantic Coast
Clemson
Duke
Pitt
Syracuse
North Carolina
NC State
Maryland
Wake Forest
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Miami
South Florida
Georgia Tech
Boston College
Connecticut
West Virginia

Notre Dame remains Independent

Baylor, Iowa State, and TCU get screwed.
As do the Big East non-football schools (Villanova, Marquette, etc)

More to come. This story is VERY fluid.

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If I counted everything correctly, I show going 34-5 last week. Not bad.

Thursday, September 8th

#9 Oklahoma State over Arizona

Friday, September 9th

Florida International over Louisville (bit of an upset)
#21 Missouri over Arizona State

Saturday, September 10th

#17 Michigan State over Florida Atlantic
Iowa over Iowa State
Kentucky over Central Michigan
#15 Ohio State over Toledo
San Diego State over Army
#8 Wisconsin over Oregon State
#16 Mississippi State over Auburn
North Carolina over Rutgers
Wake Forest over NC State
Tulsa over Tulane
Tennessee over Cincinnati
Minnesota over New Mexico State
Hawaii over Washington
Colorado over California
Purdue over Rice
#13 Oregon over Nevada
Air Force over #25 TCU — upset alert again!
Virginia Tech over East Carolina
Southern Miss over Marshall
#3 Alabama over #23 Penn State
#6 Stanford over Duke
#12 South Carolina over Georgia
Washington State over UNLV
Temple over Akron
Virginia over Indiana
#22 South Florida over Ball State
Northern Illinois over Kansas
Kent State over UL-Lafayette
Arkansas State over Memphis
#18 Florida over UAB
Navy over Western Kentucky
Georgia Tech over Middle Tennessee
BYU over #24 Texas — upset alert
SMU over UTEP
#14 Arkansas over New Mexico
#10 Nebraska over Fresno State
Houston over North Texas
Vanderbilt over UConn
USC over Utah
Michigan over Notre Dame
Boston College over Central Florida
UCLA over San Jose State

There you are. 🙂

It’s the day before the 2011 college football season starts. the greatest day of the year. I am going to try and pick a winner for every game involving two FBS teams. I don’t care about point spread in these picks, just straight up, who’s going to win. I also don’t really care about a game involving an FBS team against an FCS team.

Thursday, September 1st 6 games

Florida International over North Texas
#11 Wisconsin over UNLV
#20 Mississippi State over Memphis
Syracuse over Wake Forest
Bowling Green over Idaho
Kentucky over Western Kentucky

Friday, September 2nd 1 game

Baylor over #14 TCU — upset alert!

Saturday, September 3rd 29 games

Purdue over Middle Tennessee
#23 Auburn over Utah State
#21 Missouri over Miami (OH)
#18 Ohio State over Akron
Northwestern over Boston College
#2 Alabama over Kent State
Houston over UCLA
Illinois over Arkansas State
Clemson over Troy
#25 USC over Minnesota
#10 Notre Dame over South Florida
Michigan over Western Michigan
#6 Florida State over UL-Monroe
Ole Miss over BYU
Colorado State over New Mexico
Pitt over Buffalo
#12 South Carolina over East Carolina
Indiana over Ball State
Northern Illinois over Army
#9 Oklahoma State over UL-Lafayette
Fresno State over California
#22 Florida over Florida Atlantic
#1 Oklahoma over Tulsa
#4 LSU over #3 Oregon
#19 Georgia over #5 Boise State
Ohio over New Mexico State
Texas over Rice
Southern Miss over Louisiana Tech
Hawaii over Colorado

Sunday, September 4th 2 games

#24 West Virginia over Marshall
#8 Texas A&M over SMU

Monday, September 5th 1 game

Maryland over Miami (FL)

I count 39 games.

hero complex

I have a bit of a hero complex. I think every guy has a bit of one. When someone I care about is hurting, my instinct is to help them somehow. It doesn’t what time it is, or what I’m doing. When I am needed, I am there. Period. If that means flying across the country for no other reason than to give you a shoulder to cry on, fine. I can do that. Need a ride to the airport? Done. Flat tire? I’ll change it. Need a place to crash for a couple of days? Not only are you welcome here but you can sleep in the bed…I’ll take the couch.

Here’s the bad thing about always trying to be the hero..

What happens when I need a hero myself?

sporting events

I am a sports nut. I have had the privilege of witnessing some amazing things live.

I saw the NFL’s all time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, play in college. The Gators beat Illinois in the mid/late 80s at the All American Bowl in Birmingham. It was my first ever college football game.

I got a high five from Hulk Hogan back in the day. I was probably 6.

I saw the Harlem Globetrotters. That was pretty awesome. I was maybe 8 or so.

I saw my high school win a state championship in basketball my senior year AND GOT ON SPORTSCENTER TO BOOT.

I saw a kid strike out 18 in a little league perfect game. (Yeah, they play 6 innings). A girlfriend’s little brother played on the team that lost.

I saw a kid try a 63 yard fg in high school — doinked the upright. It had the distance.

I saw Michael Jordan play. Baseball. He went 0-4.

I’ve been to the All Star Game and Homerun Derby. Should’ve ended up with a David Ortiz homerun. 😦

When Tim Tebow cried, I was there. It was my first ever Alabama game.

I saw Jason Heyward hit his first career homerun in his first major league at bat.

I saw the Clippers beat the Lakers from 3 feet from the sideline.

I’ve been to (and cried at) the Rose Bowl. Alabama won it’s 13th national championship.

I’ve watched Lebron play as a Cavalier. He only scored 9, but his team won.

Just last night, I saw a manager’s number retired AND perhaps a pitcher’s last pitch.

I guess you could say, I have been blessed. My dream is to see a no-hitter.

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