None of that is expected to change bowl lineups or affiliations with conferences any time soon.
Conference bowl affiliations were set just last year through the 2013 season and won`t be re-worked simply because a handful of teams changed leagues. That means when the Big 12 becomes a 10-team league in 2011 or 2012, those 10 teams will have eight bowl possibilities and maybe nine if one of its members reaches the national championship game.
The likelihood of the league filling all those spots, especially now that its teams will be playing nine conference games and can schedule one fewer cupcake each year, is remote.
It`s a different story in the Pac-10, which is expected to add a 12th team today in Utah.
The Pac-10 has contracts with six bowl partners through the 2013 season and is more likely to have too many bowl eligible teams in some years. When that happens, the league will probably send teams to fill other empty bowl slots at games around the country.
Former CU coach Rick Neuheisel did just that last season when UCLA played Temple in the EagleBank Bowl, which is not affiliated with the Pac-10.
"You would like to add with additional members, but the question is, where can you goto add," Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon said. "...With 35 bowl games in operation now I think there are going to be some empty berths every year. The NCAA has changed the rule where a 6-6 team has the same standing as a 7-5 team. So I think there are going to be some opportunities out there for teams that fall outside our contracted bowls. You can`t count on it and it could be different bowls every year."
Several bowl officials speculated Wednesday that when bowl agreements come up again in four years, the number of affiliations with each conference will likely reflect the size of those leagues.
"You have to have a history of bowl eligible teams when you do these contracts," said Bruce Binkowski, executive director of the Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls. "So it would not be surprising to see the Pac-10 add more games because it will probably have more eligible teams."
The Pac-10`s current bowl partners are the Las Vegas Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego), the Emerald Bowl (San Francisco), the Holiday Bowl (San Diego), the Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas) and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) in addition to the BCS national championship game.
The bowls affiliated with the Big 12 are: the Alamo Bowl (San Antonio), the Insight Bowl (Tempe, Ariz.), the Holiday Bowl (San Diego), the Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, N.Y.), the Texas Bowl (Houston), the Cotton Bowl (Dallas), the Dallas Football Classic (Arlington, Texas), the Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.) and the BCS title game.
Bowl officials around the nation have been as interested, and at times, concerned as anyone in recent weeks as talk raged of major realignment in college athletics. Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl spokesman Andy Bagnato described the past few weeks as "a very anxious time."
The Fiesta Bowl has a long history with the Big 12, and, for a few days at least, was considering a future in which that league might no longer exist if a move by the Pac-10 to invite six of its members had been successful.
"It probably cut into some peoples` golf games I would say," Bagnato joked. "It was concerning for everybody because you`re talking about potentially your pool of teams that you draw from either shrinking or going away. That`s a concern.
"We were pretty confident, given our relationships over the years with not just the Big 12 but other conferences, that no matter what happened we were going to come out of this in a good way. But the Big 12 has been such an ideal partner for us that we were certainly hoping the best for them."
If major realignment had occurred or 16-team super conferences were created, bowl officials generally agree most of the current bowl contracts would have had to be renegotiated.
"Most bowls probably have a clause that if there is a conference realignment like that you go back to the drawing board," Binkowski said. "It would have been renegotiation all the way around. But I don`t anticipate much of that at all now."