It’s been an offseason of unexpected upheaval in college sports, what with Texas and Oklahoma moving to the SEC and blowing up the Big 12 in the process, leaving everyone else to figure out what that means to the bigger picture.
Administrators in the ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 responded by talking among themselves about formal cooperation, which among other things would establish a political counter-weight to the SEC. An announcement of an alliance between those three leagues could happen this week, per The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach.
It’s still not clear what implications this has for scheduling in football or the other sports, though that doesn’t seem to be a driving factor in the agreement.
I’d imagine we’ll see some interesting new collaborations, though. For example: a new variety of college football played on a circular cricket pitch with three teams—one from each league—participating at the same time. Also, the conferences’ schools will randomly shuffle their helmet logos among each other, just for the hell of it.
There could be more, but I’m sure they don’t want to give away all the good stuff right off the bat.