Pac-12 /Big Ten Deal Good or Bad?

Wednesday's announced partnership between the Pac-12 and Big Ten looks good on paper. However, is this really what the Big Ten needed in its quest to have a football team win a National Championship? Here is Spartan Digest take on the made for television partnership that may be headed to a stadium near you.

The goal has always been for Michigan State football to end their season in the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl. Now, under the new partnership between the Big Ten Conference and its western brother the Pac-12, the Spartans will almost be guaranteed a chance to play in the Rose Bowl in the coming years.

While the possibilities may excite many, the fact this was a deal made only to bring in more television money for both conferences might be getting lost.

Both conferences added teams in the past year along with a total change in their format by adding a conference championship game. Spartan fans saw how rewarding this game can be as they added a game to the schedule only to receive a penalty when it came to bowl selection time.

While the thought of USC, Washington, and even Arizona with former Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez coming to a Big Ten or NFL city is intriguing, there are certain things that will not make any sense.

The ACC and SEC already have a similar annual match-up played in Atlanta the first weekend of the season. Early talk is the Pac-12-Big Ten could do the same thing is not as set in stone.

Would Michigan fans love to see the coach they hate the most, Rodriguez, make a return to the Big House? Yes! But why would Michigan even think about moving a game like this to Ford Field in Detroit?

The last time I checked Ford Field only held about 70,000 people for a football game. The Big House is known for holding over 100,000 each home game. How much of a loss in revenue would this cause Michigan? The same could be asked about Penn State moving a game from Beaver Stadium to Lincoln Financial Field or Ohio State moving a game to Cleveland or Cincinnati.

Could this be the first of many steps in the possible overhaul of college football? We'll have to wait and see what the future really brings when the Pac-12 and Big Ten get together in the near future.


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