It may sound a bit crazy but the next big event in the realignment world will come from a group of "experts". Once that group of experts opines from their mountain top perch, the rest of the college sports map may finally see its last chapter of movement.
What am I talking about?
The college football playoff committee will need to begin to announce their standard for selecting the final four teams that will be granted access to the playoff. The key question at hand that needs to be determined is how much value a conference championship game will have on securing selection into the tournament. If the conference championship game gets special weighting or consideration, then it may signal the end for the Big 12 and it will likely end the independence of Notre Dame.
We all know that Notre Dame went into a conference for everything except for football because their path to the NCAA tournament in all sports and especially basketball was almost impossible without conference affiliation. Now, if the college football playoff goes in the same direction, it will likely hasten their move from independence. In the Big 12, if a championship game is needed, how long will it take for them to either find new members or to disband?
The Dude has commented numerous times that the Big 12 GOR will keep Texas and the other schools locked up for 10 more years. However, there is one point that he is missing. If the Big 12 were to shrink down to 7 schools, then the GOR is nullified and it is open season. I am sure that lawyers will earn plenty of fees over this one but it is interesting that if a scenario developed where the Big 10 invited Kansas and UConn to their league and the ACC invited Texas and Oklahoma that the Big 12 would implode without any GOR to hold the pieces together.
Anyhow...just something to think about on a Friday afternoon.