Colorado Finalizes Move to Return to BIG 12

The Colorado Board of Regents unanimously voted to have the Colorado Buffaloes rejoin the Big 12. The Buffaloes will leave the Pac-12 for the BIG 12 at the start of the 2024-25 season, according to Amanda Christovich of Front Office Sports.

There were a variety of reasons behind the switch. One of those recent factors is stability. With USC and UCLA already leaving the Pac-12, there is doubts about the future of the conference out west, according to Brett McMurphy of Action Network.

Colorado helped found the Big 12 Conference and stayed there from 1996 to 2010. Recently, leaving the storied conference in favor of the Pac-12 in 2011. Though the formal paperwork still has to be completed they are set to head back. First and foremost, the University must inform the Pac-12 of it’s decision to leave the conference.

College Football is a constantly evolving landscape. Colorado’s decision to move to the growing BIG 12, rather in stay in the falling of the Pac-12 is just the recent representation of that. The Big 12 has lost Texas and Oklahoma… replacing them with Colorado, Houston, Cincinnati, UCF and BYU. Meanwhile, the Pac-12 has stayed silent while losing USC, UCLA and Colorado. The two former teams are moving to the Big Ten. The Pac-12 hasn’t gained any teams despite reports stating that other teams want to join.

The addition of Colorado may be a high-upside move for the Big 12. Coach Deion Sanders is looking to build a winner in Boulder. The players are following him too. This should be a move that is loved universally by Buffaloes fans as their team will be competing with better competition in the near future.

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