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Friday Flakes: Could Coronavirus Push Nebraska and Others to Join a Regional Conference?

I do admit I feel somewhat nostalgic

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 11 Big Ten Tournament - Michigan v Rutgers Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I was thinking of doing a CN Short podcast on this topic after our “tweaking of 2020 Nebraska football schedule” roundtable.

When the move to the Big Ten happened I had not gone to a Nebraska away game within the Big 12 conference with the exception of Colorado.

So when I was trying to figure out what teams to add to our fake 2020 schedule I couldn’t help but “realize” how close all of our former Big 12 North friends were compared to our current Big 10 West friends.

It was something I never really noticed until this week which maybe says something about me? Or maybe something I didn’t care about until I

I have driven to Michigan State to go to an away game (2012). It was a fun road trip and the MSU fans were awesome. In fact, the guy sitting next to me (a MSU fan) was completely passed out almost the entire game. His wife told me that this was their first time out after having their kids in three years. She was obviously not impressed. Somewhere in the third quarter he lifted his head and vomited over the row in front of him.

What did she do? She got up, said something I won’t write here, and just left him there. He got to deal with it by himself.

I don’t blame her, actually.

Which brings me back to my point. Or maybe just my thought.

Wouldn’t it be nice to play our old Big 12 friends on a yearly basis? I know that our Big 10 friends will say it’s because we are getting our butts beat. Which is a valid point. Though if you really think about it, how many wins would we have had this past season against Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas?

It feels like more, but we barely beat a bad Northwestern team. It required a field goal from a converted safety.

It really isn’t about the level of competition but rather the distance. Which brings me, again, back to my point that depending on how this virus thing goes a plane might be a really bad idea.

Which means bus rides. Which means playing a very regional schedule. Which brings me to the following tweet.

Credit to Lance Balkus who split all Power 5 schools (including Rutgers) into 8 regions, each with 8 teams.

What if college football did something somewhat comparable to this?


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