I know what you’re here for. You read the title of this post and automatically came here to give your reasons as to why Oregon football being a member of the Big Ten makes absolutely no sense.
And by a strictly geographical standpoint, I agree.
But one columnist brought up the idea of the Big Ten reaching out to programs like Oregon, USC, Stanford, Washington, and Arizona, and it makes complete sense and it would be a great move for both parties.
Getting some West Coast flavor in the Midwest would be good for fans of both and would expand the footprint of the programs in the Big Ten. While this is all a hypothetical scenario and fairly unlikely to happen, at least in the near future, it’s always fun to speculate the ‘what ifs’.
With Oklahoma and Texas set to opt out of their media contract with the Big 12 after the 2025 season and apply for a spot in the SEC, there’s a strong feeling that super conferences could soon be a thing.
The SEC would grow to 16 teams, the Big 12 would shrink to eight and potentially cease to exist and the Pac-12 is looking like one of the conferences that could split up as well.
The Big Ten made the most money of any conference in 2020, so they and the SEC could split the remaining Big 12 and Pac-12 teams if super leagues do come to fruition.
Here’s why an Oregon move to the Big Ten wouldn’t be such a bad thing.