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Clearly, it appears Colorado was a "go" for the Pac-10 from the very start; now it appears the only options are that CU will either be joined by five other Big 12 schools, or by Utah.
Utah gets in the new Pac-12 only if the Big 12 beats the odds and conventional wisdom and somehow stays together while suffering only a two-team defection. In such a scenario, the Utes' prayers are answered, and BYU fans then begin praying to be one of the teams picked to replace Nebraska or Colorado in the Big 12.
I am as curious as anyone to see what the Texas and Oklahoma schools eventually decide, but I would be surprised if after all of his dialogue and deal-making with the Big 12 that Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott ends up "settling" for two teams in the Rockies. Scott's grand designs can only be truly realized if he creates college athletics' first super-conference, and it will happen if the Longhorns decide that "west is best."
Texas, it's up to you: the Utes, the Cougars, and the rest of the Mountain West are waiting.
Or, maybe someone else will make news first. TMZ Sports reports that Oklahoma State will be the next team to sign on the Pac-10's dotted line.
Thanks to e-mailer Mike Gotfredson for linking me to this article quoting the Oklahoma AD about Big 12 survival chances and mentioning BYU as a replacement option for Nebraska or Colorado.