In a rare EMERGENCY edition of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods, who had wished Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff a happy one year anniversary earlier in the week, now try to make sense of the horrific anniversary present that arrived on his door step courtesy of the Los Angeles schools. We are of course talking about the college football bombshell first reported by Jon Wilner and later confirmed by all parties involved that the University of Southerner California and the University of California, Los Angeles would be leaving the Conference of Champions and joining the Big Ten conference.
The guys talk about what this means for the landscape of college football and compare this event with a major one from 11 months ago when Texas and Oklahoma decided to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. They also go through each Pac-12 program one by one and discuss what this means for them. The unquestionable winners in this transaction are USC and UCLA, but there are some Pac-12 programs that are positioned really well to land in a soft spot, while others are on much tougher footing and may need a miracle to retain Power Five status.
There is also the question about the future of the Podcast of Champions, considering the conference could be in major trouble and the two hosts will be covering teams that are no longer in the Pac-12. We don’t have any answers for you yet, but we still have a couple of years (both teams leaving in 2024) to come up with a solution.
As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.
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