PSU, Big East and conference realignment 

September, 18, 2011
9/18/11
10:25
AM ET


As we, the college football fans of America, laid our heads down on Saturday night, we were exhausted. Not from the games, mind you. No, our brains were spent after having woken up in a world where Syracuse and Pittsburgh were still in the Big East, but by lunch they had migrated to the Atlantic Coast. As I tried to drift off to sleep, I started running future conference scenarios through my mind. West Virginia to the SEC ... Texas to the ACC ... Oklahoma to the Pac-10, er, 12, er, 16 ... a Big 12 implosion ... a Big Ten expansion ... raiding parties rumbling toward every conference in between.

But no matter where my mind took me, one thought dominated all others. And it's been there for a while.