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Action Network’s Mike McNamara: College Football Odds, Picks & Predictions for Houston vs. Texas Tech (Saturday, September 10)
Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington: Brett Yormark, Big 12 are looking West, but does Pac-12 have any realistic targets left?
Both the Pac-12 and Big 12 are reportedly in the process of renegotiating deals with ESPN and FOX, with the Pac-12 maybe a little ahead in the game. George Kliavkoff, the Pac-12 commissioner, could show the numbers to his nervous members, who would presumably then wait to see if the Big 12 could make it worth their while to flip leagues.
Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State — the Pac-12′s “four corners” schools, in West Coast parlance — have already been identified as Big 12 targets. What Yormark would really like is Oregon and Washington, too. But the Pac-12′s remaining crown jewels apparently aren’t even flattered, much less leaning.
When asked by former Portland Oregonian columnist John Canzano to respond to Yormark’s covetous comments this week, one of the four-corner athletic directors told him, “I have no idea what he’s talking about. He just continues to throw stuff out to disrupt. Seems like some level of desperation.”
Of course, it’s entirely possible that no one has told the AD in question what’s up. No one clued in Ross Bjork last summer. The Texas A&M AD famously said he and his SEC colleagues hadn’t so much as discussed the prospects of Texas and Oklahoma joining the league, even as their presidents were rolling out the red carpet.
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I forgot to post the position ratings from last week. Very good grades.