My position from going through this whole Pac-16-with-Texas thing twice is the same as it was in 2010: The best deal for the old Pac-10 (now Pac-12) and for Texas is the Pac-16. Commissioner Larry Scott knows that. He did his homework. Texas, however, thought it could outsmart the market because it’s, well, Texas. It couldn’t. So here we are again with Scott still being right and Texas perhaps coming around.
The Austin American-Statesman wrote about a potential solution to what worries many Pac-12 fans, most particularly those from Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado, who aren’t thrilled with the idea of being in an East Division with the old Big 12 teams.
What about pods? From the Austin newspaper:
If the four schools and the Pac-12 come to an agreement, a football conference could be aligned in four four-team pods, with Texas joined by Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Texas would play those schools every year to preserve rivalries.
How would the overall playing schedule work out for football? As of right now, the conference is discussing an alignment where teams would play nine conference games. Teams would play every other team in their pod each season, along with two teams from each of the other three pods.
It is believed the championship game would be decided by overall conference record, meaning any two teams could play in the championship game on a given year.
“I don’t know what kind of blunt instrument, like east and west, north and south, would make sense,” Scott said. “We’ve got a lot of flexibility and a lot of creativity we could bring to alignment issues. “