The first Big 12 championship game was between Texas and Nebraska and was a parallel to the power struggle to come within the conference. Texas were underdogs coming into the game and Nebraska was continuing their dynasty of the late 1990s. Late in the fourth quarter, Texas converted a 4th and 1 by throwing the ball off a play-action, and went on to win the game. It paralleled things to come in that Texas took the reigns of the Big 12 and has controlled the majority of how the Big 12 operates.
So this whole rivalry came full circle last season when the two teams met in the Big 12 title game, with Nebraska being the underdog and Texas continuing its dominance. It was a complete role reversal from 1996, but this time Texas won on a controversial clock management call, which allowed Texas to kick a field goal and advance to the National Championship game.
With the combination of money and spite, it was a pretty easy decision for Nebraska to bolt. So, what does that say about money in college athletics? Simply, it is the most important thing. Money is what keeps this entertainment business running, and don’t think sports is anything more than entertainment. The business savvy schools make the rules, and smaller ones fall in line because it is required.
With the conference realignment, Nebraska was tired of falling into line. So it took some money and will now look for a place at the big boy table in the Big Ten Conference.