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College Football Conferences Defy Geography And Math

If the Big Ten has 12 teams, why is it still called the Big Ten? If the SEC allows a Texas school in, why call it the SouthEASTern Conference? Why is Buffalo in the Mid American Conference? How does Jacksonville State qualify for membership in the Ohio Valley League? When did North Dakota and South Dakota move west? It’s no wonder students today have trouble with math and geography.

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When my four-month-old niece is old enough to start watching college football and she asks me why the Big Ten has 12 teams, how am I supposed to respond?

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I’ll have to tell her that about the time she was born, there were people in charge of college football who couldn’t count. The Big Ten,which already had 11 teams, added one more, Nebraska, but didn’t change the name, because there already was a Big 12.

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I’ll also have to tell her that these same people didn’t know where Texas was, and placed them in the SEC, maybe just because it was a southern school. As for North and South Dakota, I have no clue.

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I can tell her I remember when the Big Ten and Pac 10 champs met in the Rose Bowl, I even watched Northwestern play in the Rose Bowl one year. and the SEC always played in the Sugar Bowl. I can tell her there were no sponsorships long ago, and teams weren’t invited to a bowl game, they earned it fair and square. I’ll sound really old.

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I understand that the push is to have one college champion, but it defies logic to call a conference the Big Ten, when it has 12 teams, or to have a Southeastern Conference when not all the teams are from the southeast.