Realignment Destroys Conference Loyalty

Darren Perkins Editorials

I have been looking over various media outlets’ predictions for who will make the upcoming 12-team College Football Playoff. Naturally, the first thing I do is check to see where the Ducks are placed; nothing new there. Then, my instincts are to check on how many Pac-12 teams have made the field.


Of course, that’s where the new reality of conference realignment hits me hard. I have always been a hard-core Pac-12 guy. Hell, I even rooted for the Huskies in last season’s championship game. But, now what? I’m happy that I see the likes of new conference cohorts Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State in the playoff as well.

No way, I hate those teams!

My hatred drives me to want Oregon alone to represent the Big Ten as the No. 1 seed. Then, I want to see only one team from the SEC (obvious hate), one team from the Group of 5 (screw those weenies), one team from the ACC (not Mario), and eight teams from the Big 12 (by default). Of those eight, I would like to see Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado (once Deion Sanders is gone).

Yup, college football has gotten so zany that I want eight teams from a conference I despise to make the playoff.

Go college football!

New Basketball Court Design

I approve. It’s nice to see the Ducks have come to their senses when it comes to their basketball court design  (especially after losing 5-star recruit Keoni Thompson). The new court still has the trees but is crisp and clean and not the overly busy trainwreck that the old one was.

The Allstate 12 Conference?

The Big 12 is in talks with Allstate Insurance about selling the conference naming rights to theAllstate 12.What the heck, might as well — the name Big 12 has a relatively short history (since the 90s). And, in a battle of the  “Big,” the “Big” in Big 12 is always playing second fiddle to the Big Ten name.

I wonder who might want to sponsor the new Pac-2? Any thoughts?

Darren Perkins
Spokane, WA
Top photo credit: Steven Chan

Natalie Liebhaber, the Volunteer Editor for this article, works in technology in SLC, Utah.

New 2024 FishDuck Publishing Schedule….

During the off-season the publishing schedule will consist of articles on Mondays and Tuesdays. Do keep checking as new articles could be published during the week when a writer has something to say.

In mid-August of 2024, we will go back to the seven-days-a-week of articles during the football season as we did in the football season of 2023.

The Our Beloved Ducks Forum (OBD) is where we we discuss the article above and many more topics, as it is so much easier in a message board format over there.  At the free OBD forum we will be posting Oregon Sports article links, the daily Press Releases from the Athletic Department and the news coming out every day.

Our 33 rules at the free OBD Forum can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) do not tell anyone what to think, feel or write, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!

OBD Forum members….we got your back.  No Trolls Allowed!