Loser: Boise State. If conference expansion tempers, then the pressure lessens on the Pac-12 to go beyond a dozen and keep up with the Big Ten and SEC. The Pac-12 would have to be holding its nose very hard to invite Boise State, anyway. Now it looks like there will be less reason for the Pac-12 to make such a move.
Winner: Wake Forest. The have-nots of beleaguered conferences have had uneasy days (Iowa State, anyone?). The Demon Deacons feel much better today.
Loser: An NFL-style playoff. If the ACC had fallen in status, the stage was set for four major conferences. You could have the champs play a four-team playoff, or include runnerups for an eight-team playoff. The new football committee will be an improvement over polls and computers but still will be a guys sitting around deciding things, rather than results deciding things. That’s what happens in the NFL. Results determine.
Winner: American Athletic Conference. The new league made of Big East and Conference USA refugees — Tulsa, UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida, Central Florida, Houston, SMU, etc. — could have some years of stability, with the potential to grow into a solid conference. We’ll see.
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