One of the biggest reasons behind the ACC, B1G and Pac-12 forming The Alliance in 2021 was to create scheduling advantages among the three leagues. Already, it sounds like that has been tossed out the window.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith met with reporters on Wednesday and was asked about potential scheduling changes that could be coming down the line through The Alliance. But Smith said those conversations are essentially over.

The B1G is likely to stick with a 9-game conference slate and keep its options open for out-of-league contests.

When The Alliance was launched, there were discussions about the B1G dropping down to 8 conference games. To make up for the loss of a league contest, B1G teams would then add games against ACC and Pac-12 foes to future schedules.

From the sound of it, the B1G did not want to sacrifice games against potential SEC and Big 12 opponents, as well as Notre Dame. The conference’s 9-game league schedule also appears to be a pretty strong money-maker for television networks.

So, what’s left?

The greatest asset The Alliance appeared to have going for it was a scheduling partnership, blocking out the SEC from adding quality non-conference games to its future schedules. Perhaps The Alliance could still work together in terms of College Football Playoff expansion and working to incorporate more television partners into the deal, but there hasn’t been much of an update provided in those areas.

Could The Alliance be on the way out? Or are there other plans in mind for the three leagues moving forward? Right now, it’s a bit of an unknown.