The first pass hasn't been thrown, the first tackle made or the first touchdown put on the scoreboard, yet we already have mass hysteria among college football fans.
And, it doesn't involve the Bowl Championship Series.
Texas A & M's rumored departure from the Big 12 (which has only 10 teams) for greener pastures in the Southeastern Conference has nearly every newspaper and every talk show host spouting their opinion, as well as their solutions, on the topic.
Say the word expansion around West Virginia University fans (but, duck after saying it) and you will receive a lengthy lecture on the despicable way that former Big East members Miami (Fla.), Boston College and Virginia Tech utilized during their departure to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Now, thanks to the Aggies, instead of talking about rushing leaders and linebackers, we are deluged with an hourly dose of conference realignment. It's enough to make a grown man cry.
Just when every WVU fan should have their minds on the old gold and blue capturing the Big East championship and garnering its automatic BCS berth, they instead are wondering if there will be a Big East once the next round of conference musical chairs is completed.
The most discussed solution would have the Big 6 Conferences-ACC, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, Pac-10 and Big East-cannibalize themselves into four Super Conferences with WVU becoming a part of the newly designed ACC along with league members Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, South Florida and TCU, which is slated to join the Big East in 2012.
Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse, as well as Notre Dame, would become part of the new Big 10 while Big East members St. Johns, Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence and DePaul would be left to form their own conference because they lack NCAA Division One football programs.
On paper the new alignment has its merits, but (there is always a but) that would mean taking the most dominant basketball league in the country and turning it into a shadow of itself.
Can WVU survive, and flourish, in the ACC? Without question.
Despite its most recent drought against ACC teams in it last two bowl appearances, WVU has shown it is capable of competing against its membership and the possibility of a renewal of rivalries with Boston College and Miami-Virginia Tech is one of the school's rumored to be heading to the SEC-can't be a bad thing.
The excitement that first-year head football coach Dana Holgorsen has brought to the program is the highest it has been since the days of Rich Rodriguez while Bobby Huggins and Mike Carey have proven that they can develop programs that can compete in any conference.
But, there would be some very big losers in all of this mythical realignment and those would be the non-football members of the Big East. Can, or should, WVU severe its ties with the league it has become a flagship member is the question Oliver Luck must address. We await his decision.