While the realignment train keeps picking up steam and heads out of the station once again this summer, DeLoss Dodds has reiterated to CBSSports.com that Texas believes that a membership of 10 makes for a cleaner conference.
Dodds likes the idea of a round robin schedule and no conference championship game. He is concerned that when a play off system comes online, it could muck up the works if a 9-3 team pulls an upset over an 11-1 or 12-0 team in the conference game.
“We could expand to some number,” Dodds said. “You name the number — 12, 14, 16. We could expand but the question is ‘do we need to expand?’ In my mind 10 is perfect because you play everybody in football and there is a double-round-robin in basketball.
“When we get into whatever system we get in for a championship, I think those coaches that play in a conference championship are going to say ‘What in the world are we doing?’ “
On the other hand, Dodds also admits that the Big 12 would welcome Notre Dame with open arms even if it is not full-time in football.
“Notre Dame has options,” Dodds said. “I think they love their position. I certainly think they can continue to do what they’re doing and do it well and be a major player. But they have options.
“We’ve talked to Notre Dame about the Big 12 … They could put some football here [by playing a few non-conference games against Big 12 opponents].”
It has been widely speculated that one of those games would involve playing Texas on Thanksgiving at least every other year, when it would be a home game for the Longhorns.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com went on Tim Brando’s show today to expand on the possibilities of yet another summer of college football realignment.