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Penn State's Curt Warner shares my vision: College Football Playoffs

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One of the major reasons the Big Ten added Nebraska as a 12th team is to fulfill the NCAA rule requiring at least 12 in order to have a conference championship game. Because having a Big Ten championship game brings in a lot of dough. And A.D.s and conference commissioners are like Biggie and Jay-Z, they "love the dough, more than you know. Gotta let it show, I love the dough."

And more championship games, a natural offshoot from building superconferences, bring us closer to that badly needed college football playoff system.

Legendary Penn State (All-American '81, left the program with 42 school records) and Seattle Seahawks (four Pro-Bowls) running back Curt Warner (not to be confused with the famous QB Kurt Warner) shares my vision.

"This thing has somewhat evolved into bigger superconferences amd I think you'll see a number of consolidation over the next 5-6 years and it's going to bleed more into a playoff kind of format. I can't say for sure, but that's where I think this thing is going," Warner told me on the day of his College Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.

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Will small schools retain their soul in BCS Conferences?

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thesportsbank

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It's easy to understand why the small schools are in favor of a college football playoff system; the BCS prohibits them from EVER playing in the championship. The big schools in the BCS conferences? (Big 12, SEC, ACC, Pac 10, Big East and Big Ten) Well, they get shafted by the computers too, but they're still much more likely to be BCS proponent than the mid majors.  Which incites the question at hand-

If you're a smaller school now going power conference, do you stay true to your roots? Or do you "sell out" like Metallica in the mid-90s?

Saying that I'm "sympathetic to the cause" of getting a college football playoff system going is like commenting that Lindsey Lohan might have "had a drink or two," or maybe even "experimented with drugs a little bit."  Therefore, this gentleman with a playoff plan was correct in including me on his email list; one targeted towards the University of Utah as they join the Pac Ten.


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From Megaconferences to a Playoff System in 2 Easy Steps

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If you're rooting for the eventual demolishing of the BCS, in favor of a new college football playoff system (meaning you are in fact a human being who possesses a sense of decency, logic and rationality) then you should be rooting for Texas to do the right thing and eventually start the seismic change required to get the ball rolling in the direction of an actual legitimate college football postseason.

You can thank the Big Ten for creating the spark, but the Texas Longhorns are the explosive power mandated to blow this thing up.

However, if you're a huge proponent of undefeated teams being denied a chance to play for the National Title, and you LOVE the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl, as well as the other 30-40 glorified exhibition games occurring every December-January, then by all means root for Texas' decision to save the Big 12 to remain nothing more than a confirmation of the status quo.


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Who Joins the Big Ten Next?

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Here's our first ever guest post on Big Ten Guru. It comes from my neighbor, friend, and Sports Bank colleague Paul Schmidt, who covers Illinois Fighting Illini football and basketball for my website. We usually sit next to each other at press row, and carpool down to Champaign together to cover games during the season.

And he came up with a list of (and rationale for) the next five schools he believes the Big Ten is courting for expansion.

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Nebraska officially heading into Big 10 Country

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There's a saying in politics that if you have bad news to release, announce it on a Friday at the end of the day. Better yet- the Friday of a holiday weekend. In other words, if you want absolutely as minimal coverage as possible on something, have your press conference on a Friday at 5.

But today's announcement is good news! The Big Ten added Nebraska today as it's 12 school. And their announcement came at the end of the day, with media conference calls scheduled at 5 and 6 PM CT. Invitations and notices for these conference calls were emailed out with 15 minutes, and 1 hour, 15 minutes notice respectively.

So obviously, the conference wasn't looking to get any extra publicity on this. More likely they just didn't want to answer any questions about who was possibly coming next to the conference: Missouri, Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers etc.

And now that the Big Ten conference has its own network to service as their mouthpiece, they got all the publicity they needed today. Below is the official statement on expansion.

And below that I included some statements released by University of Illinois athletic department bigwigs on the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten.

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Behold! the Era of the Mega Conference Begins!

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Actually, it already started and we didn't realize it because it was in basketball instead of football. Look at the 16 team Big East hoops conference. They're a tremendous power with more than half the teams in the NCAA Tournament each year. Shortly, we'll see the football equivalents.

It began with Nebraska joining the Big Ten. Missouri should soon follow. Then Colorado was the second team to leave the Big XII, opting for the Pacific Ten. Oklahoma State will be the third as they also join the Pac Ten. Then there's Texas A&M which will could go SEC or Big Ten. And then there's...You know what, why don't we just take a look at where we'll be once the dust settles.

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Nebraska possibly joining Big 10 this week!

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And the first Big Ten expansion domino falls. Probably. Nebraska is supposed to officially be joining the Midwest power conference by Friday.  This news we receive from Lee Barfknecht (yes, I know that's a very unfortunate looking last name) of the Omaha World-Herald.

If you're unfamiliar with the World-Herald, it's the primary daily newspaper of Nebraska, as well as portions of southwest Iowa and the largest employee-owned newspaper in the United States.

Barfknecht is a sports reporter/columnist for the World-Herald and author of the World-Herald's immensely popular Cornhuskers' blog Big Red Today.

So if his inside sources are confirming it, this is indeed not a drill.

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