Realignment chatter: How the Pac-12 holds the key to it
8:15 AM ET Pete ThamelESPN The looming changes to the structure of college football all at once highlight the strength
of the SEC and Big Ten while exposing the fluidity of the rest of the major-conference landscape.With the Big 10 and SEC preparing to begin 16-program variations in 2024 and the 12-team playoff looming the same year, the rest of the college football landscape is left to sort itself out. The only certainty is that more modification is coming.What’s most apparent after interviews with industry and school sources over the previous week is how that financial gap in between the SEC and Big Ten and everybody else is going to cause further unrest. It’s safe to state the schools in the Power 2 are going to be making more than $30 million more than groups in the other leagues now and going forward. (The Huge 12 is at least securely developed in the upper-middle class after agreeing to a current handle ESPN and Fox. )The only variable is time, and the next considerable trigger could emerge in the coming weeks when the Pac-12 schools learn what their tv deal could look like.And this all plays out versus a background of industry-wide unpredictability– developing television markets, financial tension in the tech market, brand-new NCAA leadership and lawsuits and potential government action that loom as modification agents.What’s next for a market perpetually in flux? Here are four huge concerns to respond to on the Pac-12’s prospective issues and how it will impact the Huge 12, Big 10 and even the ACC.What takes place now for the Pac-12?