USC, UCLA Officially Approved to Join the Big 10 in 2024

News broke earlier Thursday that the USC and UCLA athletic programs could potentially be moving to the Big 10 conference in a dramatic realignment for college football.

Later reports suggested that the schools had officially applied for membership, with voting expected to conclude shortly afterwards.

Now the deal is officially done.

Both Pete Thamel and OutKick’s Dan Dakich confirmed that the application has been accepted and the news has been announced by both schools, meaning that the two Southern California powerhouse programs will officially join Big 10 conference play in 2024:

This remarkable turn of events likely comes down to network alliances, as OutKick explained earlier:

With Texas and Oklahoma joining the stacked and ESPN backed SEC, FOX can counter with a Big 10 that now includes USC and UCLA in the second largest media market in the country, to go along with historic programs like Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska.

Both west coast teams will see massive gains in revenue after the move and likely increased exposure in primetime matchups.

USC joining in particular is both a significant add for the Big 10 and throws into doubt the reports that Lincoln Riley jumping from the Sooners to the Trojans was in part due to fear of coaching in the SEC.

While Alabama is obviously not part of the Big 10, SC will undoubtedly play significantly harder conference schedules in the Big 10. Not to mention their long standing yearly matchup with Notre Dame and future schedule challenges such as a 2024 game against LSU.

The ramifications of this shift in the college sports landscape are hard to understate.

College football will soon have two super conferences in the Big 10 and the SEC, and the Pac-12 will now face immense challenges to maintain relevancy.

After all the speculation the Texas and Oklahoma news would lead to inevitable further realignment, it’s now official that USC and UCLA are the latest to move.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. The immediate absurdity of this is Geographic … flying from LAX to PIscataway International for a Big Game versus Mighty Rutgers should be a real treat for Lincoln Riley’s boys …. But why do I care … or why do any of “us” care? We’re not making those 5-6 hour trips …Time to formally bury all of our old-fashioned paradigms about Power5 Football/MBB. Old Man “Usta” is dead…..
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    Trips to The Grandaddy Of The Bowls in Pasadena won’t mean as much as many BIG10 teams will already have visited SOCAL once if not twice in the regular season.

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