The Colorado Buffaloes announced yesterday that they would be leaving for the Pac-10 conference in 2011 making this their last year in the Big 12. Now that the soon to be Pac-12 knows that they will have both Colorado and Utah joining for the next college football season the next steps will be figuring out how the divisions will take shape and where the first conference championship game will take place.â†µ
Joe Schad reported today that Phoenix (Glendale), Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego are the locations currently being discussed for a neutral site game. Notably absent from that list? Denver, Colorado. That being said, the schools of the Pac-10 aren't exactly cold weather schools. The conference is also looking at the ramifications of holding the championship game at the highest seed's home field.
The ACC has been hurt by poor attendance when the participants were not conveniently located near the site of the championship game. Las Vegas would be considered because of its centralized location and attractiveness as a destination, though stadium size would be a concern.â†µ
Bad weather could be a concern in Seattle and using the Rose Bowl when regular-season games are played there might make it a less unique attraction than an NFL venue.â†µ
The Pac-10 athletic directors will be meeting in San Francisco on Oct 6-7 to try and make some decisions on these issues.