With the Texas and Oklahoma schools deciding to stay in the Big 12 rather than jump to the Pac-10, many folks are taking it as a sign that the Great Conference Armageddon Of 2010 is reaching its conclusion. That might be the case but if no major revelations remain, there is still one issue that needs to be resolved.
The Pac-10 didn't take on Colorado just so it could expand to eleven teams. It wants to get to at least twelve to reach the magic number that qualifies them for a conference championship game. That means there's at least one more team that's going to switch conferences and the smart money seems to be on Utah.
According to Tom Cella at UteZone.com, the University has already notified the MWC of its intentions to leave the conference. Now, it's just up to the Pac-10 to officially invite them and complete the deal.
For the Mountain West, the news would basically just reset them. They will have swapped outgoing Utah for incoming Boise State. All things considered, their situation could have ended much worse.
As for the Pac-10, the coveted conference championship game and the revenue it generates should help Larry Scott get over the loss of his grand Pac-16 experiment that fell apart. Colorado and Utah also provide some semblance of a regional duality that matches the rest of the conference.
Keep an eye on Utah blog Block U for more details and developments.