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Could be some more re-alignment in the group of five as CBS are reporting that MWC are interested in adding Rice and UTEP. Although they seem to be interested in both or neither as both are so far from the MWC base. Rice would bring a high academic standard plus a strong baseball team.

Already talk that C-USA might reach out to Eastern Kentucky from FCS if they lose teams.
Seems like a good idea.

What are the chances that it happens though?
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Old 11.12.2015, 09:08 PM
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Seems like a good idea.

What are the chances that it happens though?
No idea to be honest, lots of factors at play. Is the MWC much of a step up over C-USA for Rice and UTEP?
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Interesting article around conference re-alignment for Big 12 and a championship game.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...ton-cincinnati
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Interesting article around conference re-alignment for Big 12 and a championship game.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...ton-cincinnati
Having read it, personally I think the Big 10's proposal makes more sense.
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Well the Big 12 got it's way.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...ent/in/2257972
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You just know that the first year they have a championship game it'll be a rematch of two teams who just played each other the week before like Oklahoma v Oklahoma State or Texas Tech v Baylor.
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I don't like it, they should just get more teams.
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I don't like it, they should just get more teams.
They should but they've no need now
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They should but they've no need now
Its strange cos the Big 12 benefited from not having a title game this year. Oklahoma got to sit out in conference championship week knowing with 99% certainty that they were already in.

In this instance they'd have had to play Oklahoma State again with the conference knowing that if the Cowboys won the game and the conference that they'd miss out again, presumably in favour of Ohio State.
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Thought it was worth revisiting.

Idaho and New Mexico State have effectively been booted out of the Sun Belt after the 2016 season. They're clearly the two biggest losers of re-alignment with the WAC disappearing. There doesn't seem to be anywhere for them to go if the Sun Belt doesn't want them. Rumours are that Idaho will join the Big Sky in the FCS which will make them the first to drop down a division since we began referring to them as FBS/FCS. Not sure about NMSU but they aren't anywhere near a strong enough draw to stay independent for long. The Mountain West has already said that both schools should move on to Plan B now which Im guessing means they applied to join and we're rejected.

Elsewhere, under the radar, UMass is now independent ending its four year run in the MAC. They had some pretty horrendous seasons but have a decent schedule coming up in 2016 including three SEC opponents (by decent I mean lots of teams who'll probably beat them). The UMass AD is adamant that conference realignment is coming once the Big XII decides which two teams to admit from the Group of Five and that they'll find a new conference as some mid-majors starting moving around. But given their location I'm not sure who would take them if not the MAC as I doubt the AAC would see much appeal in adding them and they're still quite a distance from even the more Northerly members of C-USA like Marshall.
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