Big 12 and SEC.
NORMAN — It is unclear what the on-the-field product of the game-for-which-there-is-not-yet-a-name will be.
Indeed, all we really know is the Big 12 and SEC plan to play a game on Jan. 1, 2015 (and on every Jan. 1, thereafter) that will include each conference’s champion, unless those champions are tied up in a national championship game or playoff.
It has been pointed out, perhaps, that college football’s two best and most important conferences may have Rose Bowl envy, for neither the Pac-12 nor Big 10 champ ever seems to get stuck playing a lousy Connecticut team in Pasadena.
It has also been asked, roll-out hoopla notwithstanding, just how exactly will this new game-for-which-there-is-not-yet-a-name be all that different than the Cotton Bowl the last several years?
That game has matched the second-choice Big 12 team against the third- or fourth-choice SEC team, a scenario that could well play out in the new game after a new four-team playoff has laid claim to two or three Big 12 or SEC programs.
The observations are not wrong and yet they miss the point, because the bigger point is not the game that’s being created. Not really. The big point is the once-again changing landscape of college football and who’s changing it.