Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Colorado Buffaloes got a nice taste of what playing in the Pac-10 might be like when they join the conference thanks to Cal as the Bears handed the Buffs a 52-7 shellacking in Berkeley on Saturday. It was a beating that may have made Colorado think twice about the move, or at least consider delaying it.
Though according to Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott , the odds of Colorado joining the conference in time for the 2011 season aren't good. In fact, Scott said they're less than "50-50."
"The chances are worse than 50-50," Scott said. "I don`t know how to rank it beyond that. At this stage, we`re planning as though they`re coming in in 2012. In other words, we`ve got an 11-team football schedule for next year teed up."
The uncertainty does provide the Pac-10 with some problems. They know that Utah will be a member in 2011, but having to wait on Colorado's move means they have to wait on figuring out when and where to have a championship game, and how the new 12-team conference will be aligned. Which is why Scott says that the Pac-10 has decided to institute a "self-imposed" deadline of mid-October for Colorado to have its decision.
Scott says the timetable may be pushed back, but that it's not likely since the conference needs to plan for a title game and a television schedule. Scott also said that the Pac-10 is still open to the idea of helping Colorado pay the fee they'd be charged for leaving the Big 12 early.