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Pac-12: Moving Towards The Cash Cow

The Pac-12 will be dividing into North and South divisions for football scheduling purposes, allowing the conference to hold a championship game annually.

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What does this mean for fans of Pac-12 schools? Well, explicitly, they will have to pay more money to see their team play an extra game at the end of the season. This is a double-edged sword, as most fans would agree that they want to see another game if their team is involved.

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The team with the best Pac-12 record, historically the squad that represented the conference in the Rose Bowl, will now need to defend its ground at home one more time in order to make that BCS bowl. The loser of the match-up will likely fall out of BCS bowl consideration (unless the P12 champion is in the BCS Championship game).

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Frankly, I'm interested in this conference realignment. ASU and UA fans will get to travel to the mountains every year if they desire, while seeing quality teams (USC, Arizona/ASU, Utah) on the schedule every season. The downside? Losing Washington State off the yearly docket.

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I'm all for the Pac-12 having a championship game if it means more respect from the east coast publications. Lets just see if that dream becomes a reality for Larry Scott and the chancellors.

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In the meantime, prime your wallets, college football fans. It's time to up the ante.