Even Ubben sets the bar high for Morgantown’s Mountaineers.
He pegs Oklahoma as the team to beat, but also stresses the October game against the Longhorns: “Texas should be much improved, and when West Virginia comes to town Texas could very well be 4-0 with a win over Big 12 champion Oklahoma State”
A lot of buzz has been brewing in the student section over the contest against JMU that will take place at FedEx field in Washington D.C. Ubben shoots the bee from the hip, predicting a stale match against JMU’s Duke Dogs. He hedges his bets though stating “Be careful with this one, though. James Madison knocked off 11-win Virginia Tech in 2010, which went on to go undefeated in the ACC.”
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The Longhorns bull through at number four. These numbers are tentative but don’t expect them to go far from the top. The Sooners sit pretty at number 12. They’re odds aren’t as good. Texas’s top prospect is man eater Darius James (Center,pictured)nrepresented. Some fans may consider underdog status an advantage this early on.
There are a few implications to be drawn from the list. Firstly, if FSU leaves the ACC for the SEC that will make that will make Southern superpower even more significant.
The Pacific side is only represented in the top ten by USC at number eight and the Big Ten has Michigan in very first place with OSU close behind at number seven.
Truthfully the situation is bleak for the ACC. The SEC will continue to dominate but things may begin to unwind for their Big 10 counterparts.Michiganis overrated and OSU’s situation might be similarly tremulous. Expect for a lot of Big 12 sleepers to do big things (I’m talking to you WVU).
Alabama came in at number three. I’m thinking repeat.
Jim Lamar from the Tallahassee Democrat seems sure, the ACC has cause for concern.
Firstly there is the financial situation Lamar points out: “Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis announced last Friday that the Big 12 agreed to distribute $19 million to eight of its members to close out the 2011-12 fiscal year. Departing members Missouri and Texas A&M did not receive payouts; neither did incoming members TCU andWest Virginia.”
Right now, FSU is in a position where an extra few million dollars would go a long way. Doak Campbell Stadium needs renovations, the basketball coaches need a raise, and the athletic department had coffers to replenish.
Lamar notes that the new additions won’t be compensated fully until later: “TCU and West Virginia will only be given a 50-percent share and will not receive full shares until 2016.”
So if the ACC dissolves and FSU and Clemson head Big 12 (or should I say Big 14), what will happen to schools like UMD and Miami?
In recent weeks the internet has been buzzing concerning the ACC’s almost-inevitable demise.
Rumor circulation supports a probable exit of Florida State to the Big 12. Those rumors have sparked more rumors that Clemson would be sure to follow if FSA moved.
If the Tigers and Seminoles bail, the situation would be grim for the ACC who already suffers on the edge of college football significance.
Then, on Friday, the SEC and Big 12 have agreed to play an inter-conference brawl between their respective champions. The Big Ten and Pac 12 have already gone through the Rose Bowl alignment so the Big East and ACC are basically on the chopping block.
McClatchy Tribune Writer David Teel puts the finances into perspective:
“Naturally, the Big 12 and SEC plan to award their event to the highest-bidding venue and television network, widening the money gap between the ACC and the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.
The ACC’s new, 15-year media rights contract with ESPN is worth approximately $17 million annually per school, a 30-percent increase. By summer’s end, the Big Four conferences all figure to have arrangements worth $20 million-plus per school. USA Today reports that the Pac-12 could approach $30 million.”
Teel also proposes a most interesting notion: What if the Rose Bow and the new Big-12/SEC matchup became “de facto national semifinals”.
Students of West Virginia University can attest, the schools move to the Big 12 has stirred up quite a bit of excitement. The school seemed restless and in need of change when rumors of a possible move to the SEC spurred hopes. The Greeks on campus seemed especially amiable towards the prospect. To their chagrin, the school was not able to go SEC and instead elected to join the Big 12.
Many fans will say that the Big 12 is a better fit for WVU’s football program than the SEC but that’s to be determined. For now we’ll have to content ourselve’s with, WVU Athletic
e. Director, Oliver Luck’s comments on the mov
Luck, who has not been shy about matter, went into detail with ESPN’s David Ubben.
Initially, when Texas A&M appeared ready to leave the Big 12, Luck became
Luck reiterated how significant a role Syracuse and Pitt’s move to the ACC played in his decision making. “I think it was pretty obvious that the league was going to struggle. We hadn’t added a new member since 2005.”aware of a rumor that Pitt was on “short list” to replace the Aggies. He realized that “there’s no reason that West Virginia shouldn’t be on the Big 12 short list”.
The Big East has lost its sense of identity. When WVU joined the conference in 91′, the Mountaineers were surrounded by teams like Virginia Tech and Miami. Now, the only original football squad left from that time is Rutgers. Would students and faculty really settle for such mediocrity?
Its pretty clear they made the right move. Even though a lawsuit forced the school to pony up $20 million to the Big East for leaving early, the donations and ticket sales generated by the hype are “unprecedented” according to Luck.
Last week, Luck spoke out to ESPN on the Big 12 and possible expansion. Read more here.
What a year to be a former Heisman winner. EA Sport’s NCAA Football’s upcoming installment will feature Robert Griffin III with Barry Sanders.
The new game features updated graphics and presentation values with a new quarterback-receiver response system and Heisman Challenge game mode so that you may win college football’s highest honor.
Fans voted former Oklahoma State RB Barry Sanders onto the cover over University of Georgia RB Herschel Walker in the final hour of voting.
The upcoming football season is highly anticipated and I suspect it will not disappoint. The hype over these developments will undoubtedly fuel the Big 12’s already heated rivalries and with new additions WVU and TCU to the roster, the 2012-13 season is sure to be interesting.