Conference Realignment: Champions Bowl To Trigger Big 12 Expansion?

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 06: Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs the ball against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The first rule of conference realignment is: when all is quiet, you should be worried.

The new Big 12 / SEC Bowl doesn't have either a name (working title: Chick-Fil-A / Cotton / Champions Bowl) or a home (Dallas and Atlanta appear to be the front-runners), but the mere existence of the bowl may trigger the oft-rumored Big 12 expansion to a number of teams commensurate with its namesake.

That's right. We've reached the point of absurdity where a college football bowl game may determine power conference membership.

The Big 12 currently has 10 members, two short of the number required to have a conference championship game. Like, math.

If this bowl requirement is true (and how could it not with a Twitter account with the word "TRUTH" in the avatar), fire up the Notre Dame / Florida State / Clemson / Louisville to the Big 12 rumors. And just in time for this weekend's ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro. I can't imagine this question will come up approximately 500,000 times this weekend.

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