10 Biggest Issues for 2012


1. How does the new map work out?

Missouri and Texas A&M are now in the Southeastern Conference, swelling its membership to 14. West Virginia makes the long commute to join the Big 12, along with Texas Christian. How do the transitions go, on the field and off? Is biggest still best for the SEC? Does the Big 12 embrace having a lone member thousands of miles outside its geographic footprint? And if you think these changes are jarring, wait until 2013 when realignment really takes hold.

2. If SEC hegemony continues, is it a bad thing? The league stands a solid chance of winning a seventh straight national championship, by far the longest streak for one conference in history. With dominance can come indifference in other parts of the country – do fans elsewhere stop caring quite as much about college football if it ...

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