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Really, though, A&M's move means very little. If the SEC pulls in an ACC team as No. 14 (Virginia...

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Really, though, A&M's move means very little. If the SEC pulls in an ACC team as No. 14 (Virginia Tech? Florida State? ...Boston College?), then the ACC probably pulls in a team from the Big East, the Big East gives Mike Bianchi's UCF Knights a long-coveted BCS slot, and that's about it. Combine that with the Big 12 pulling in BYU or, possibly, a former SWC school (we thank you for your application, SMU, but the application process hasn't actually begun yet), and we're done for another year or so. That's a decent-sized ripple, really (and it will do serious damage to the WAC's footprint when CUSA finally gives Louisiana Tech a spot so I can stop complaining about how confusing it is that they're in the WAC and UTEP's in CUSA), but it isn't the kind of Armageddon we have been preparing for over the last two years. The only way we finally find our euphoric Armageddon is if a) the SEC adds Missouri, thereby making it one full third of the original Big 12 heading toward the exit, and b) it spooks Oklahoma. Really, athletic director Joe Castiglione and the Sooners hold all the cards. Without (b), (a) doesn't matter either. The Big 12 will remain a major conference as long as Oklahoma and Texas remain in it, even if every other original team departs and is replaced by Austin College, Southwestern Oklahoma State and a team that consists of the offspring Chip Brown and Matthew McConahuey and is coached by Greg Davis; but if at any point the Oklahoma higher-ups get nervous -- if Castiglione actually answers the phone during one of the 23 times per day that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott calls him -- then look out. As it currently stands, if expansionapalooza chaos takes place, it begins in Norman, Oklahoma.

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