I really like the relationship between the SEC and the Big 12 right now. They're partnered up for what's already one of the two biggest bowl games (despite the game not even existing yet), yet the SEC takes the Big 12's teams and the Big 12 is out here saying it still got the better end of the deal. It's a marriage made strong by stacks and stacks and stacks of dollar bills, the finest solvent yet.
From Dennis Dodd, Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby comments on the quality of each conference's recent additions [emphasis added]:
"I think it's fair to say that some [conferences] that have gotten larger are now wondering if it's going to be worth it," Bowlsby said Thursday while visiting Kansas on a conference-wide tour. "There are complexities, especially regarding some scheduling issues, that have really caused some problems."
"We're feeling pretty good about 10 [teams]. We're also feeling good we brought in two ranked football teams in exchange for the two that moved out."
This is a pretty good time to be firin' those shots, too, since TCU and West Virginia are coming off fine years and expected to compete right away, while Texas A&M and Missouri went to ehhh bowl games and aren't being picked to do much of anything by anybody. You take your licks when you can, even when it's at a tentative buddy's expense.
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