Examining how conference realignment could improve college football

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College football is quickly changing. With UCLA and USC reportedly moving to the Big Ten conference in 2024, the sport will never be the same.

Many have voiced opposition to changes in college football, particularly against NIL and the transfer portal. As separate entities, the two changes are largely positive moves. In tandem, however, they create new problems for programs. Consolidating the Power Five to two or three conferences could help regulate the sport.

Presently, there will be two super conferences. The Big 12 could become the third by adding Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah. While it will change football as we know it, it will likely bring stability that college football has lacked in recent years.

For starters, there will potentially be more unified leadership. NIL and conference expansion have furthered the divide between the NCAA and college football. The NCAA opted not to regulate NIL and the transfer portal, resulting in tampering and essentially unrestricted free agency.

In addition to more organized leadership, conferences will be more represented in postseason play. As compelling as it is to debate over which Power Five conference was snubbed from playoff consideration, consolidating to two or three leagues could end all postseason debates.

Expansion can be a largely positive move if done correctly.

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