The cloak-and-dagger of the Pac-10 expansion talks is officially over.
I picture five men sitting around a large oak table, stroking their mustaches and plotting the future of America’s energy situation and the fate of its most overrated conference. The outcome: We’ll all be driving hydrogen cars by the end of 2010, and Utah will be in the Pac-10.
The Pac-10, one of the oldest in college football, has been around since 1915. Now that Utah and Colorado have joined the mix, the conference has 12 teams. For the math majors out there, that would be the exact number needed to play an end-of-season real championship game. Let’s also go ahead and assume that the Pac-10 divides its new superconference into different divisions.
It’s a win-win for Utah, a perennial favorite to bust BCS games. The Utes get to play in a better conference (goodbye, Mountain West) and earn at least $8 million for the university. Being a member of the MWC, brought in a paltry $1.2 million in 2009.