Now there's a point ... Look at Missouri/Nebraska.
104 meetings, dating back to 1892.
Missouri left the Big XII for the SEC
Nebraska left the Big XII for the Big 10
Had they stayed in the Big XII, the security of the conference would have been sound. And both of these teams would have had an easier path to a National Title.
They have both struggled severely in their respective new conference affiliations.
The schools were promised a larger share of revenue by signing away their dignity. Conference Television network dispersal and newer recruiting avenues into territories outside of their general region.
However, if you aren't winning at a high percentage, and nationally ranked, the Networks are going to pass on you for a higher ratings match up.
And, if the games you are going to appear in nationally are because the record & rank of your opponent, with the likelihood of your losing, that is going to adversely affect your recruiting potential.
Now, for these schools, they did it to themselves. Neither of their programs were exactly ready to breakthrough the Power Rankings barrier when the offer presented itself. But, what was the bill of goods laid on the table with that contract before it got inked?
Their egos were being catered to. They were being told the merit of their names were strong enough to carry over.
However, recruits from the Traditionally Regional locals are more heavy leaning toward the Schools they new of growing up. You may not be competing for talent with the likes of the Texas & Oklahoma machines; though things aren't any easier.
Nebraska went from Competing for players, as a Northern Conference front runner, against Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas State, to Competing as an Outsider against Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.
Missouri went from Competing for players, as a Northern Conference 1rst through 3rd level team, against Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas State, to Competing as an Outsider against Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
The cards were already stacked against them.
In the end, the only incentive they receive is monetary. Shared Conference earnings from TV contracts & Post Season divisions.
"It is only impossible until it has been accomplished." ... then it becomes standardized ... and then it becomes regulation ...
Success is measured by results; whereas Character is measured through the means by which one achieves those results . . .
It seems the Rapture did come for one worthy soul:
In Memory of Grandpa Howdy