Following the Colorado Buffaloes’ decision to leave the Pac-12 for the Big 12, all eyes are on the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils. College football media personality Jim Williams reported that the Wildcats may have already made a decision, but there could be a delay with the Sun Devils, tweeting:
“According to many media outlets, @uarizona will most likely add to the @Big12Conference in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, @ASU sources will take their time – they fear that with a campus in Los Angeles, they will lose their registrations. They could join us, but don’t expect ASU to move as quickly as UA. Utah will likely monitor ASU’s process.
Fans reacted to the news via Twitter.
@davidfloyd1980 suggested the Wildcats take care of themselves:
“Arizona needs to watch out for Arizona, because CAL, Stanford. Washington and Oregon won’t do it.”
@BoilerCat54 pointed out that both Los Angeles schools are leaving the Pac-12:
“Did anyone tell the @ASU admin that there are no more Los Angeles schools in the Pac12, by chance?”
@IceDevilCA also questioned the relevance:
“Some hosts and guests on @SXMCollege said today that UofA will announce the B12 tomorrow. However, I have yet to see any written reports. Regarding ASU, what does the fact of being in the Pac-8 has to do with that campus in Los Angeles? I’m an ASU Fan living in So Cal and didn’t even know the campus existed.
@_CaseyLane suggested patience could hurt the Sun Devils and Utah Utes:
“If ASU and Utah remain patient, their place could be taken by Oregon or Washington, even if it is only for 6 years for the Big 12.”
@DrRichardTater wondered if the Big 12 was really interested in the Sun Devils:
“With all due respect, this assumes ASU is even on the B12 menu? Based on virtually everything I’ve seen and heard, it seems as likely as Kliavkoff presenting a deal tomorrow that won’t cost him his position and possibly the conference.”
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How has conference realignment affected the Pac-12 and Big 12?
The Pac-12 is on the verge of collapse due to conference realignment. UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans will join the Big Ten in 2024, while the Colorado Buffaloes will join the Big 12. Additionally, the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies have been targeted by the former, while the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils and Utah Utes are all reportedly in contact with the latter.
Even though the Big 12 will lose the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns next year, it has done a solid job replacing both programs. In addition to the Buffaloes joining next year, the BYU Cougars, Cincinnati Bearcats, Houston Cougars and UCF Knights have joined the conference ahead of the 2023 season.