Seasoned college football web users might have advice for Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher: When it comes to West Virginia and the Big 12, tread lightly.
No, The Dude isn’t starting another series of unsubstantiated and otherwise outlandish Florida State-to-Big 12 expansion rumors. But this is likely to similarly spread like social media wildfire before petering out–and there’s a very loose tie to conference realignment.
Speaking at ACC Kickoff 2014, Fisher commented on scheduling in the College Football Playoff era, specifically league title games.
Jimbo Fisher says every conference should play a league title game. "I think it's ridiculous." #big12
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 21, 2014
The Big 12 is the only member of the Power 5 without a conference championship game. Of course, its membership declining to 10 is the reason the league’s title game went by the wayside.
This will continue to be an issue, both from the perspective of competing leagues, whose champions must play 13 games; and for the Big 12, which loses that all-important additional game against a ranked opponent for its own Playoff contenders.
In the future, the Big 12 will need two more members to level the playing field. In the present, Fisher’s comment gave West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett fodder for a Twitter response, obviously intended in good fun:
— Clint Trickett(@ClintTrickett9) July 21, 2014
Trickett is a former Seminoles quarterback and one of four current and former Fisher pupils on track to start the 2014 season at quarterback, either in the FBS or NFL.
Bear in mind, Trickett’s dad Rick is an assistant coach on Fisher’s Florida State staff. Besides, what are the odds West Virginia would even play for the Big 12 Championship?