The biggest story of the offseason is conference expansion, which could impact every program in major college football. Things figure to really heat up later this week. The BCS meetings began Tuesday in Arizona. The Big Ten is in the middle of the deal. The tradition-rich conference, which has both enormous fan bases and strong academic reputations, is considering a move from 11 schools to super-conference status by inflating to 14 or even 16 teams.
You can joke about the speed of the teams and how the Big Ten has struggled in big games of late, but make no mistake, in bottom-line college football business, the Big Ten is a legit heavyweight.
Watching this stuff unfold, it's intriguing that so many folks seem open to radical shifts, while at the same time they are so guarded when it comes to a playoff.