College football realignment rumors: Big 12 targeting up to 6 remaining Pac-12 programs
The Pac-12 might be history with its future in serious jeopardy.
Last week, the B1G made major waves by adding USC and UCLA out of the Pac-12. Though the Pac-12 has announced its investigating all expansion opportunities, other Power 5 programs are reportedly looking to add some of the remaining Pac-12 programs.
According to a Tuesday afternoon report from Dennis Dodd with CBS Sports, the Big 12 is targeting Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah. Dodd also reports there is consideration to adding Oregon and Washington which would bring the Big 12 up to an 18-team league, the largest in FBS play.
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Dodd also cited a Big 12 source as saying “Everything is on the table.” That includes a possible merge between the Big 12 and Pac-12 as conferences try to forge an aggressive path forward in this new landscape.
It is also interesting that the Pac-12 announced Tuesday morning that the conference will move ahead early with new media rights negotiations. Considering their leverage appears to be at an all-time low, it will be interesting to see what becomes of those negotiations.