Big Four changes complexion of college football landscape

It didn't take long after the announcement of the new bowl deal between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 on Friday before people began talking about the death of college football as we know it.

The Big Four, as many are calling it, features the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences and appears to the be the new kings of college football.

However, to some, they appear to be more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

The SEC and Big 12 announced the creation their new game that features the champions of both leagues. Much like the Rose Bowl, which features the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12, the new bowl will provide stability for its two partners.

It also quickly separates the haves, from the have nots.

Especially considering that reports have the conferences working out separate television deals for these games. Essentially eliminating the middle man in the process.

Word quickly spread that there is even talk of – dare I say it – superconferences. Each evolving from the Big Four and each quickly plundering and pillaging the remaining conferences that surround it.

Remaining conferences such as the Big East and ACC.

As you may remember, last time we visited with the Big East, the league was going through a rough patch of internal turmoil.

It's conference commissioner had just resigned, reportedly after being pressured by some in the league, and hoped to remain strong despite possible defections of members to other conferences, mainly the Big Four.

The ACC, which appeared to be on steady ground, spent most of last week's spring meetings dealing with the fallout of a report that Florida State was possibly considering a move to the Big 12.

Commissioner John Swofford told the media that everything was fine and that the league was going ahead with its current 12 members and looking forward to becoming a 14-team league in the future with the additions of Pitt and Syracuse.

On Saturday, however, rumors began swirling that Clemson was close to leaving the ACC for the Big 12.

If the recent moves in college football have shown us anything it's that it's every man for themselves.

The Big East and ACC – and for that matter Notre Dame – can't stand idly by as the future of the sport passes by.

Establishing bowl tie-ins similar to the ones created by the Big Four is a start.

Swofford said last week that the ACC likes its partnership with the Orange Bowl, so why not reach out and create a bowl deal with them?

Maybe work something out with Notre Dame?

Having witnessed the Champs Sports Bowl last year, I can tell you that a Florida State-Notre Dame matchup would do quite well.

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