Tony Mussatto takes his son to every Oklahoma football game during the season. Should OU and other Big 12 members align with the Pac-10, that would no longer be the case.
"Travel is my number one concern with realignment,” Mussatto said. "It's intriguing and the matchups are phenomenal, but the cost to fans is too high.”
The Mussattos drive to away games that typically are in Texas or Kansas, but they would face problems if OU's away games move to Arizona and the west coast.
"If it's in California or Arizona, that's another flight we would have to take,” Mussatto said. "I'm not driving to California.”
Disintegration of the Big 12 is likely after Nebraska announced it will move to the Big Ten and Colorado said it will split for the Pac-10.
Current Big 12 members Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech are expected to leave the conference they helped create in 1994 in order to join Colorado in the Pac-10.
Like Mussatto, James Biscone is a life-long college football fan who follows Oklahoma State on the road whenever he can.
"As a season-ticket holder, I try to make it to as many games around the area as I can,” the 19-year-old college student said. "Even if I make it to an away game, I'm also concerned about ticket prices in this new 'super conference.'”
One person who isn't concerned about the additional travel is OU's top recruit Trey Metoyer, an incoming receiver from Whitehead, Texas.
"I just want to come in and hopefully win something — whatever conference it is,” he said. "Everything will work out.”
Trey's father, David Metoyer, feels differently.
"It (realignment) means more money and more travel time,” he said. "I'm sure there will be some games I won't be able to go to now. In the Big 12, everything is right here, which is one of the reasons we chose Oklahoma.”
The late start times are also a concern, Metoyer said.
"It pushes everything back and you still have to get up for work or class the next day,” he said.
Metoyer said he wants the Big 12 to remain intact, but realizes Texas is the key player in realignment talks.
"It's money-driven, and I understand Texas is the biggest dog in that regard,” he said. "I'm not a Texas fan, but if they want to keep the Big 12 together, then in this case I am.”