I have mixed feelings about the Big 10 possibility.
-It would be us making the first move, not reacting too late after Texas and OU jump ship to the SEC or something.
-Lots more money. Like at least $10 million more a year.
-While not a lot of obvious/traditional rivalries up there, we would probably be taking Mizzou with us and Iowa would be a fun series. And Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin would all be cool matchups every year.
-Dr. Tom isn't a big fan of the Big XII. He was lone dissenting vote to lock the league championship game into Cowboy stadium for the next three years. He has always felt Texas gets way too much power (which they do). In short, we would be getting out from under Texas' shadow. Granted OSU and Michigan are big boys too, but I'm not sure they run the league on the level Texas does (at least in Tom's eyes).
-Different recruiting region. We've always depended big on Texas recruiting, which would probably take a hit by not playing there twice a year or being on TV in that region all the time.
-Loss of long running rivalries. In the case of a Big XII implosion CU goes to the Pac-10, and what remains of the OU rivalry might just be dead. The teams that needs to be really worried about all this talk are KU and K-State. Who takes them in (though KU basketball is obviously always a commodity)?
-Not sure I'm sold the Big 10 is an overall tougher conference (I'll take Texas and OU over OSU and Michigan in the last decade, with TT, Nebraska, K-State all fielding at least a couple formidble teams in that same stretch), but it's hard to imagine whatever division they put us in would be as easy as the Big XII North has been. Probably end up with Penn State and Iowa on our side (assuming they keep OSU and Mich together).
Anyway, really interesting to see how this plays out. I wouldn't mind seeing the Big XII man up and get stronger to avoid a break up (get TCU?). But if it's inevitable, I'd like us to be ones taking initiative. If we get offered a lot more money and the XII doesn't counter...we're going.