What a Big Ten mega conference could look like if Oregon joins USC, UCLA and others

In the memorable news day Thursday brought to the world of college football, a bit of information was overshadowed later in the evening.

According to Ryan Kartje of the LA Times, there is a report that no other Pac-12 teams are expected to join the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins in their move to the Big Ten “at the moment”.

Sure, you can make whatever you want “right now”, but it’s widely believed that the news of two major teams leaving the Pac-12 will create a knock-on effect of other teams jumping. we posted that the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies could be next to make a jump from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten, and we even went as far as to predict where each Pac-12 team would end up was allowed to dissolve the conference and possibly merge the remaining teams with the Big-12.

Should all of this happen, it will provide us with a fascinating product to watch in the world of college football. It will kick off the super conference era where the Big Ten could eventually have more than 20 teams. You would expect the SEC to follow suit and strip some of the ACC’s top talents — Clemson, Miami, Florida State — and further create their own super conference.

We’re going to focus on the SEC another day, though. Now what we want to look at is what the Big Ten would look like if 6 teams from the Pac-12 decided to come over. If you put the names on paper, something really remarkable arises.

Here’s what we envision the Big Ten could look like in a few years if things continue this way:

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Marching Band takes to the field ahead of the NCAA football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
Oregon Ducks in Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Oregon Ducks

EUGENE, OR – NOVEMBER 07: Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Oregon Ducks greets his teammates as they take the field for the game against the California Golden Bears at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 7, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Michigan Wolverines

USC Trojan Horses

Nov 4, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; A display of the Southern California Trojans logo in the center field during an NCAA football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions

31 Oct 2015; University Park, PA, USA; General view of the Penn State Nittany Lions logo in Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State won 39-0. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins

Oct 23, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the first half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans

March 8, 2020; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; The Michigan State Spartans mascot performs during the second half of a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Breslin Center. Mandatory credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers

Nov 11, 2017; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; The Wisconsin logo in the midfield prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Huskies

Nov 6, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies linebacker Jackson Sirmon (43) celebrates after a safety against the Oregon Ducks during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field in Husky Stadium. Mandatory credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Terrapins from Maryland

September 30, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of Maryland Terrapins helmets during pre-game for a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes

Oct 6, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of the Iowa Hawkeyes helmets before a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue Boilermakers

Nov 9, 2019; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers mascot Pete in the 2nd half against the Texas Longhorns at Mackey Arena. Mandatory credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Utes

9 Oct 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) dives into the end zone to score a third quarter touchdown in the grip of USC Trojans defensive lineman Nick Figueroa (50) at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Dec 28, 2021; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach PJ Fleck (center) celebrates with the trophy along with players Tyler Nubin (left) and Ky Thomas (right) after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers at Chase Field. Mandatory credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosiers

Dec 28, 2021; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach PJ Fleck (center) celebrates with the trophy along with players Tyler Nubin (left) and Ky Thomas (right) after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers at Chase Field. Mandatory credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen walks the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
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California Golden Bears

Nov 12, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; California Golden Bears huddle their helmets for the game against the Oregon State Beavers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern Wildcats

September 30, 2017; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Northwestern Wildcats helmets on the field prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fights Illinois

Nov 27, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini offensive lineman Doug Kramer (65) lifts the Land of Lincoln trophy after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska Corn Huskers

Oct 6, 2018; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; A Nebraska Cornhuskers helmet stands on the sidelines during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers Football Scarlet-White Game at SHI Stadium on Friday, April 22, 2022. S #23 Wesley Bailey.

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