My best guess
by tf86 (2023-03-09 10:02:36)

In reply to: So what would happen to Cal and Stanford? Independence? *  posted by VaDblDmr

They'd jump on an invitation from the Big Ten, if one is forthcoming. If not, independence for both probably is the most likely option. If not, they could deemphasize (to FCS) football, or perhaps even drop it altogether. The Mountain West is also an option. They'd love to have either Stanford or Cal, or both, although those schools might not be overjoyed at that option.

In my childhood, the Pac winning the Rose Bowl over the Big Ten was in the "death and taxes" category. Now, the Pac-12 could be deleted from existence due to the actions of the Big Ten. The irony is not lost upon me.