According to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com Pac Ten commissioner Larry Scott has been," given permission to advance the expansion process..." One thing that will shed a lot of light on what the Pac Ten and Big 12 will do is a major decision that Nebraska and Missouri have to make. Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman reported that the Big 12 wants an answer on whether they plan to stay in the conference or leave by 5 p.m. on Friday. There has been a lot of speculation that Nebraska and Missouri are very unhappy with a number of issues in the Big 12 conference. It will be interesting to find out what the Big 12 will do if Nebraska and Missouri let the deadline pass without giving an answer. It might be highly unlikely that both schools will come out and say we plan on going to the Big Ten, but I would think that both schools could be convinced to stay in the Big 12 if revenue changes take place.
If it becomes clear that Nebraska and Missouri want to leave, then the Pac Ten will make their moves and the Big 12 better have a plan in place to keep their remaining teams and at least add two more schools. If not, then the MWC will be ready to take a couple schools from the Big 12 that the Pac Ten did not want. If Big 12 teams start to except invites one at a time from the Pac Ten it would be very smart for the Big 12 to publicly announce a team that they are inviting each time a Big 12 team jumps ship. The MWC announcing that they will put the Boise State invitation decision on hold is an indication that they will wait for the Pac Ten to make their move first. It would be amazing if the Pac Ten could add Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Colorado Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Those teams would easily make the Pac Ten the second best conference behind the SEC and the Pac Ten would have a Championship Game. Of course a yearly dream match-up would be Texas vs. USC or USC vs. Oklahoma. Teams like Washington, UCLA and Oregon have been making great strides over the last few seasons and it will not be an automatic berth in the Championship Game for the Trojans. Oklahoma and Texas would dominate the other side of the Pac Ten if the expansion rumors come to fruition, but I expect Tommy Tuberville to have Texas Tech very competitive in the next 2-3 years and that would give Oklahoma and Texas another team to worry about in their division.