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USC, UCLA to Leave Pac-12 for Big Ten in 2024

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USC, UCLA to Leave Pac-12 for Big Ten in 2024

NCAA Week 0 – We don’t do a lot of college football-related Extra Points around here, but wow is this big news. USC and UCLA are apparently leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, likely in 2024. It’s the continuation of some remarkable college football conference realignment over the last few years. Losing these teams basically kills the Pac-12 as a major conference, which means the top other Pac-12 teams like Oregon and Washington are going to have to make some sort of move in response.

My big issue with this is just that these conferences now make no geographic sense, which doesn’t matter for football but certainly matters for other sports. At some point, they’re going to have to just have these new fancy superconferences for football and go back to the old geographic conferences for all the other sports. Let football chase the money, that’s fine. But it doesn’t make sense for USC volleyball players to fly off to league games in New Jersey and Maryland every season.

Also, at what point will these superconferences want to shed their worst teams? If Oregon wants into the Big Ten as well, who makes more sense for Big Ten football: Oregon or Northwestern? Oregon, right?