Conference realignment rumors have been arguably the biggest topic in college sports over the last two years, including Colorado Football, and it's not hard to see why. With Texas and Oklahoma heading to the SEC, plus USC and UCLA going to the Big Ten next year, the landscape of college sports is rapidly changing.

After these moves, the big question is what moves will come next. Several schools are at the center of realignment rumors, and Colorado Football may just be the most-discussed of them all.

The Buffaloes have been members of the Pac-12 since 2011, but they may not be much longer. Even after months of claiming a new media deal is imminent, the conference is still looking for a new one with the current deal expiring next summer. Reportedly, Colorado's patience with the process is running out, which has led to “substantive talks” with the Big 12. The Buffaloes were in the Big 12 from 1996 to 2010, and could be on their way back.

With rumors at a frenzy, here is why Colorado Football must defect from the Pac-12 and return to the Big 12.



As mentioned previously, the Pac-12 isn't doing the best right now. The conference's struggles to find a new media deal has left its future uncertain, and some are even predicting its demise sooner rather than later.

As such, several members of the conference have appeared in realignment rumors. Arizona has been linked to the Big 12 alongside Colorado, and Arizona State and Utah to a lesser extent.