The Big Two
There was once a Power Five. That era ends this season with the disintegration of the PAC-12.
Now there is a Power Four, at least in theory. Most agree that it is really a Power Two: the SEC and Big Ten.
Financially, those two conferences already outpace the rest. As far as on the field, the perception right now is that they already outpace the rest there too.
If you look at any way-to-early Top 25 for the 2024 season, you will find Notre Dame. You will find 2-3 schools from either the ACC or the Big 12. The balance is constituted by the Power Two.
Teams outside the Power Two will need to capitalize on their opportunities against them in the non-conference to make the statement that they belong on the same stage. The champions from those conferences will also need to make a statement in the playoffs.
If teams from the ACC, Big 12, and Group of Five can manage that, they will earn more respect. If the pundits are right and the programs from the Power Two set themselves apart from the rest, they could dominate college football for decades to come.
Next: A Power Two merger