So What Will It Be, Texas?
No matter how you swing it, Texas will either have to eat the Longhorn Network or go independent. The Big 12 is a sinking ship and the Longhorn Network is the cannonball that sank it. OU is firing back and not allowing Texas to steer the rudder alone now that the ship is doomed.
No sane conference is going to put up with a program having their own television network sponsored by ESPN, especially after what it caused in the Big 12. I really think Texas will end up in the PAC but there is a chance their ego will not allow them to “follow” Oklahoma and drop the Longhorn network so soon even though it is doomed for failure eventually.
So, if Texas wants to go play in the north or east coast, go for it. I doubt it will happen because they can’t keep hold of their network so independent is another option. All the while, OU will be playing road games in sunny Arizona and in the picturesque settings of the Colorado and Utah mountains.
Pac 16 Division Lineup Speculation
Here are some likely division scenarios if it becomes the PAC 16 without Texas:
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The Geographic Division method is just what it says. It aligns teams logically in geographic regions preserving fan travel convenience and natural rivalries.
The Strategic Division method is better at getting teams visibility all across the conference allowing everyone decent access to the larger television market areas and recruiting grounds, namely, the California coast. It does a decent job of maintaining natural rivalries.
Most likely scenario is you play every team in your division each year and two from the other on a four year rotation. That would allow for three non-conference games then a conference championship game in early December.
In actuality, I think there is a good chance that Texas will be forced to come to their senses and bump Missouri and Kansas and come with Texas Tech to the Pac while allowing the Longhorn Network to morph into a regional or Lone Star Network. If I had my druthers, I’d take Texas and Missouri but politics probably won’t allow that to happen.