Jim Delany and Larry Scott can’t stand it. At 9:00 am this morning, the Southeastern Conference released the 14-team schedule for the 2012 football season. The crowd went wild. “The new schedule is here! The new schedule is here! Have you seen the new schedule yet?”
The commissioners of the Pac 12 and Big 10 were not to be outdone by their big brothers in the SEC. Oh, hell no. So a mere few hours after the SEC’s media splash, the two conferences jointly announced plans to have each member program playing an opponent from the other league every year, beginning in 2017.
In all seriousness, this is great news for everyone except the Rose Bowl, who is now much more likely to get a rematch of a regular season game in the Granddaddy of Them All. Some of the regular season matchups will be must-see football. Think Michigan vs. USC. Ohio State vs. Oregon. Nebraska vs. Stanford. Tell the truth—you’d watch those games, wouldn’t you?