TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – The Florida State Seminoles football team is readying to do battle against the number one Oklahoma Sooners; but off the field, the school’s administration is preparing for conference Armageddon.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the university is putting together a committee to “explore the university’s options concerning conference realignment.”
FSU’s move is the result of the chaos that is the Big XII Conference. A year after losing Colorado and Nebraska; Texas A&M is trying to ditch the conference as well. If Oklahoma decides to leave the conference, all of the teams will be headed to new conferences.
FSU has been rumored to be a possible target of the SEC, should the conference decide to add an additional team to even the numbers in each division. But, most believe the University of Florida will fight to the end to keep FSU out of the conference.
“If you’re going to four conferences of 16 teams, we certainly want to be ready,” FSU Board of Trustees Chairman Andy Haggard told the Post.
FSU has repeatedly said it has not been approached by the SEC and that the school is happy in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Oklahoma news papers reported that the Sooners will seek Pac-12 membership if Texas A&M leaves the Big XII. But, the Pac-12 won’t move until the Texas A&M’s move to the SEC is complete.
In other words, the conference re-alignment puzzle has devolved into a giant game of chicken. Once the first team flinches, the shape of college football will change for decades.