With all this talk of Conference Ralignment I felt it was necessary to go through some of the various scenarios that Mizzou is facing. Granted this is all gleened from the various media reports and some instincts that I have in this whole mess. I am just presenting scenarios for Missouri only and not evaluating them (that is a different post). (All Scenarios after the jump).
Scenario #1: Missouri and Nebraska commit to the Big 12. Two possiblities here: 1)Nothing happens or 2) The "South 6" (UT, A&M, TTU, OU, OSU and BU/CU) stab us in the back and leave then we go to the Scenario #2 choice 1 but with NU in the mix instead of out AND having either BU or CU involved.
Scenario #2: Missouri commits to the Big 12, Nebraska doesn't. Two things could happen here:1)Missouri gets stuck with the old Big 6 minus NU plus whomever is left out of the "South6". Missouri gets to "rally the troops" and put together a league with the assistance of the other 5 schools for a "new" Big 12 Conference. Start adding the best schools available from the MWC, WAC, C-USA and create either a 8/10/12 team league with equal revenue sharing and the BCS contract in place (under the Big 12 banner) and go from there or 2)Nebraska ends up with egg on its face after the Big 10 (11) says thanks but no thanks and has to come back to the status quo.
Scenario #3: Nebraska commits to the Big 12, Missouri doesn't. This is the least pleasant idea (and most unlikely) but is possible, because the Big 10 (11) could say no thank you to us and we would be left out in the cold completely or could result in us crawling back to the Big 12. Or we end up in the Big 10 (11). This is the riskiest of moves for Mizzou to make.
For all intents and purposes...this is literally a "Choose your own Adventure" thing. But I believe it boils down to these three scenarios for Mizzou. The Players (BU and CU are the most notable) are somewhat interchangeable but I think that this covers everything from a Mizzou perspective.