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What if? Here's what the conferences we care most about could look like in the future:

Welcome to “Realignment Today,” where speculation and who-knows-what drives the bus. College conference realignment is an ongoing platform for prognostications — right or wrong, weak or strong.


Pac-12


Here’s a few thoughts, none based on inside info, intel, or even science for that matter, on the Pac-12.

For starters, let’s assume that BYU is interested in an effort to ease hardships on Olympic sports and establish more regional rivalries.


Pac-12 without UCLA and USC . . .

Arizona

Arizona State

BYU

California

Colorado

Oregon

Oregon State

San Diego State

Stanford

Utah

Washington

Washington State


Pac-12 after poaching the Big 12 . . .

Arizona

Arizona State

Baylor

BYU

California

Colorado

Houston

Oklahoma State

Oregon

Oregon State

San Diego State

Stanford

Texas Tech

Utah

Washington

Washington State


Pac-12 if California, Oregon, Stanford, Washington join Big Ten and the Big 12 is poached . .

Arizona

Arizona State

Baylor

BYU

Colorado

Houston

Kansas

Kansas State

Oregon

Oregon State

San Diego State

TCU

Texas Tech

UNLV

Utah

Washington State


Pac-12 if Big 12 poaching isn’t possible and the Big Ten doesn’t expand . . .

Arizona

Arizona State

California

Colorado

Oregon

Oregon State

Stanford

Utah

Washington

Washington State


OR


Arizona

Arizona State

California

Colorado

Oregon

Oregon State

San Diego State

Stanford

UNLV

Utah

Washington

Washington State


Pac-12 if things got really weird and some avenues are closed and the Big Ten expands . . .

Arizona

Arizona State

Boise State

Colorado

New Mexico

Oregon

San Diego State

Southern Methodist

Utah

UTEP

UTSA

Washington State


Pac-12 if poached by Big Ten and Big 12 . . .

Air Force

Boise State

Colorado State

Fresno State

Nevada

New Mexico

Oregon State

San Diego State

San Jose State

Southern Methodist

UNLV

Utah State

UTEP

UTSA

Washington State

Wyoming


There are many other variables, obviously.


Mountain West Conference


Same goes for the Mountain West Conference. Here’s a few scenarios, none of which may come to fruition.

MW if the Pac-12 takes San Diego State and Boise State . . .

Air Force

Colorado State

Fresno State

Hawaii

New Mexico

Nevada

San Jose State

UNLV

Utah State

Wyoming


OR


Air Force

Colorado State

Fresno State

Hawaii

New Mexico

New Mexico State

Nevada

San Jose State

UNLV

Utah State

UTEP

Wyoming


MW if the Pac-12 takes Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV . . .

Air Force

Hawaii

New Mexico

New Mexico State

Nevada

Utah State

UTEP

Wyoming


OR


Air Force

Hawaii

New Mexico

New Mexico State

Nevada

Southern Methodist

Utah State

UTEP

UTSA

Wyoming


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