Big Ten Will Target More PAC-12 Programs: REPORT

It sounds like the Big Ten might still come calling for more PAC-12 teams.

UCLA and USC will join the B1G in 2024, and while expansion talk has cooled, the belief has always been the Big Ten wouldn't stop there.

It doesn't make much sense to add just two west coast teams. The belief has always been Cal, Stanford, Oregon and Washington would likely follow. Now, a new report indicates the Big Ten will almost certainly do more raiding.

"If anyone thinks the Big Ten isn’t coming back for more, they’re not following along," an unnamed source told Saturday Out West.

Will the Big Ten pillage the PAC-12?

There's a basic and simple reality the college sports world needs to accept. The PAC-12 survives as long as the Big Ten allows it to.

It's that simple. There's no point in pretending otherwise. The PAC-12 lives at the mercy and discretion of the B1G. As soon as the Big Ten picks up the phone and extends invites to Oregon, Washington, Cal and Stanford, it's over the PAC-12.

The remaining major schools - Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah - will likely bolt for the Big 12 and whatever is left behind will just be a shell of the conference or it will completely disappear.

The conference continues to struggle to land a new media deal.

To make matters worse for the PAC-12, the conference still has no new media deal as it enters the final football season of the current deal.

It's a really bad situation, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. In fact, there's only more and more chaos associated with the conference with every passing day.

If there's a big payday waiting elsewhere, why would programs hang around? It wouldn't be good for self-preservation.

It should be interesting to see what happens, but it's only logical for the Big Ten to add more west coast teams. That's really bad news for the future of the PAC-12.

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David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture. He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics. Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.