Former Big 12 President Proposes ‘Alliance’ With Another Conference

first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportNon-conference games between Power 5 teams can provide some of the more interesting matchups of a college football season. That’s what makes the hypothetical “alliance” between the Big 12 and Pac-12, reported on by The Mercury News‘ Jon Wilner, so intriguing.According to Wilner, a recent proposal from former Kansas State president Jon Wefald would call for the two conferences to exclusively play non-conference games against each other in the future. It came about after West Virginia president Gordon Gee solicited input from Wefald on how to “strengthen” the Big 12.The details of Wefald’s proposed “alliance” can be found below, courtesy of Wilner. For several reasons, this won’t happen, but it is fun to dream about.Via The Mercury News:Wefald’s proposal calls for all 30 of the Big 12’s non-conference games and for 30 of the Pac-12’s 36 out-of-league games to be played against each other.The matchups would be spread evenly across the season (10 per month) with the winners of each conference meeting at the end of the regular season for a championship game, which would rotate between the Rose Bowl and AT&T Stadium.As Wilner explains, the situation Wefald envisioned isn’t feasible, because schools from both leagues aren’t going to lock in all of their non-league games against Power 5 opponents, nor will they want to give up future series against quality teams not in the other conference (i.e. Texas playing Notre Dame, Oregon playing Ohio State, etc.).However, you could come up with some tremendous Big 12/Pac-12 scheduling scenarios, and a limited partnership or alliance might be something the two leagues would want to pursue.It is worth reading Wilner’s article in full here to get the full details on the proposal and the realistic options both teams have.last_img

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