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College football is never going to be the same after the summer of 2022, and that's not a good thing.
Progress is inevitable, and it can be a good thing. The lightbulb allows us to read at night. The telephone lets us call when we have a flat tire. The Scrub Daddy is perfect for cleaning a grimy bathroom. But college football's progress through expansion will be the death of the game's appeal.
Sure, it will still be fun to watch, but the idea of USC meeting Rutgers at noon on a snowy day in November will get old after a while — for everyone involved.
On this episode of Locked On Baylor, Drake is joined by the director of recruiting for Sports Illustrated, John Garcia, to analyze the changing landscape of the college game as schools like USC and UCLA make monumental moves while Oregon State and Washington State are left in the dust. In all, the power five will go from 60+ teams to a lucky 45 — if that.
This adjustment is going to hit schools from the Pac-12 and ACC particularly hard. The ACC will be poached. Schools like Virginia, Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina are already receiving interest from the SEC. The Pac-12 will implode. Schools like Oregon State, Stanford, Cal and Arizona cannot keep the league afloat.
With this, both leagues will surely dissipate and create a new-look realm of college football. This will include the Big 12, SEC and Big 10 acting as super conferences.
That sounds like a fine idea in theory, but this will be a nightmare for your love of rivalries, gutsy in-state recruiting battles and close games. College football will just be a minor league organization for the NFL, more so than it already is. And that is going to kill America's favorite sport.
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