As The College Football World Turns Vol. IV: Musical Chairs

October 17, 2011
by Justin

When I was younger, my favorite game was musical chairs. I would be lying if I told you that I never cheated to win, but like my old position coach once told me, it’s only cheating if they throw a flag. I was ruthless; I didn’t care if I was playing against someone’s grandmother or a kid who was on crutches, I would never allow myself to lose. Winning and losing has become the current theme of college football. Things are getting shaky across the board. As of recent, most recruits were worried about going to sleep in a conference that played the majority of their season in one region. Now even regions are no longer dictating association with any particular league. College football is being ran like a high-stakes game of musical chairs, but in the end this game crowns more than one winner. Let’s examine this episode’s winners and losers and what damage control tactics they are doing to survive college football’s cold world.


The Big 12: College Football’s Jaded Brother           

With the conference in shambles, The Big 12 is starting to look like a ghost town. There’s a lot of love lost between old rivals Texas and Texas A&M. The Aggies, who just got accepted into the SEC, have recently tried to schedule Texas for a future non-conference, in-state battle. The Longhorns reportedly denied the request based on not having any room in the schedule for Aggies. Now this is a classic case of big brother being a little jealous over little brother’s ascension into the masses. To call Texas A&M and Texas a real rivalry is almost a joke, based on everything from the universities’ level of prestige to the domination of in-state recruiting. Their sibling rivalry is filled with sour grapes because of Texas’ inability to move into the Pac 12 on their own terms. Texas A&M looks like the little brother who has yet to achieve the level of notoriety of their big brother, but every chance they get, they’ll shoot for the heart of any situation. I guess there is no “bigger person” in the cutthroat arena of college football.


The Big East: Boise Goes East?

I know Fieval goes west, but does Boise go East? When you think about Boise, Idaho you don’t think about cold, North East winters. There is nothing blue blood about blue turf and potatoes. Unfortunately, it looks like college football’s version of Survival Island, the Big East, is actually considering the blue turf of Boise State. They naturally are a viable replacement for the lost, charter members, Syracuse and Pitt. With only six members available for the next season of college football, the Big East is in jeopardy of losing their BCS automatic bid. Army, Navy and Air Force are also on the short list of schools that the Big East is considering. The Big East has instituted a $10 million penalty to any team that is considering moving on to another conference. This is up five million dollars from the old fee that TCU will have to pay after their move to the Big 12 last week.


Conference USA & The Mountain West: College Football’s Scavengers

If college football has taught us nothing, it has taught us the old adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure is spot on. My initial prediction of super conferences came true, but not the way that I expected it to. Conference USA and the Mountain West have decided to get in on the action like a hyena. They know that there is no possible way they can compete or even survive in a major conference like the SEC. They decided the only way to intimidate the lions of college football is to join forces. The Big East is panicking and so should the rest of the college football elite. If the BCS grants the Mountain West and Conference USA an automatic bid, this will become the template for all mid-majors to put themselves in big money situations.


I like the idea of the Mountain West and Conference USA coming together.  It’s like college football’s version of Revenge of the Nerds. They should call themselves Thee Big American Mountain conference; how epic would that be? Well, until the story ends and the soap opera we call college football stops with all the drama, I’ll be here keeping you updated. This is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.



Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle and all of his work can be found at  


Get caught up with old episodes of the College Football column, ATWT:

As The World Turns Vol. III

As The World Turns Vol. II

As The World Turns Vol. I



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