Big 12 Shrinkage Set & Other FB News

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Nebraska, Colorado Will Forfeit Millions To Exit Early

We’re all set: The Big 12 Conference will become a ten member league on June 30, 2011, as both Nebraska and Colorado leave for new horizons. The Nebraska Cornhuskers had already made plans to exit for the Big Ten Conference after this academic year, but Colorado was expected to take an extra year to complete their transition.

After completing negotiations with conference officials, Colorado has agreed to leave the Big 12 at the same time as Nebraska. Sporting News reports that both schools will give up millions of dollars in revenue sharing funds by leaving for the Pac 10 and Big Ten respectively.

In Other News

Conference play is beginning to heat up. Well, at least that can be said of the SEC, whose best teams have won the national championship game for four straight years.

  • Arkansas knocked off Georgia in the conference opener for both teams and will host defending national champion and current #1 Alabama in an early season test for the Tide. The #10 Razorbacks are the obvious underdog, but they are at home and just dying to make the Tide squeal.
  • Kentucky travels to the swamp to take on the #9 Florida Gators, two very different 3-0 teams. The Wildcats have yet to be seriously challenged this year, while Florida has beaten three good teams to start the season. Expect this one to be over by the half with the Gators easily prevailing.
  • The #12 South Carolina Gamecocks have been here before: start the season hot and then wilt under relentless SEC pressure. That pressure continues this weekend when they take on the #17 Auburn Tigers on the road. Win, and South Carolina will gain some respect. Lose, and everyone will continue to believe that Steve Spurrier’s magic was left in the swamp when he exited Florida for the NFL Washington Redskins following the 2001 season.
  • LSU already has two SEC games under its belt — wins over Vanderbilt and Mississippi State — so the Tigers will “take a break” and step out of the conference on Saturday to host Big East leader West Virginia. The #22 Mountaineers haven’t wowed anyone yet this year and their conference could certainly use a statement win.

Other Action

#24 Oregon State at #3 Boise State — The Broncos can seem to never catch a break with some people casting doubt as to whether how important their win over Virginia Tech was given that the Hokies lost the following week to James Madison. No matter, the Beavers are in for an epic battle against a team determined to play for the BCS this year.

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