Colorado's map confusion

So the big news in college football recently is Colorado joining the Pacific-10 conference. In it's quest for more money, the Pac-10 has gradually been expanding eastward over the years... now Colorado is apparently a "Pacific" state, even though the University is more than a thousand miles from the Pacific ocean. As my map above shows, the University of Colorado is actually closer to the Atlantic than the Pacific. If the eastward trend continues, Florida State will eventually end up in the Pac-10. It's actually funny to watch these conferences try to keep their traditional names--even when the name makes no sense. The Big 10 has 11 teams (soon 12)--the only thing weirder than that is Colorado as a "Pacific" state.


  1. As a resident of Boise I am just glad that BSU upgraded to the Mountain West Conference. Which make sense since Idaho is actually part of the Mountain West.

  2. Hi, it looks like the given distances of 1249 mi and 1142 mi are road distances. But if you calculate the distances along great circles (as-the-crow-flies) the result is somewhat different:

    1. The Gulf of California -part of the Pacific Ocean- is 746 miles away (just east of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico).

    2. The Pacific Ocean proper is 823 miles away (near Oceanside, California).

    3. The Gulf of Mexico -part of the Atlantic Ocean- is 920 miles away (near Galveston, Texas).

    Try this site (, go to 'Draw range rings around a point' and enter these values:

    - Lat., Lon. = 39.739154,-104.984703 (what I take to be the location of the University of Colorado)
    - Radius = 746mi,823mi,920mi

    The resulting map should speak for itself.

  3. That's not the Atlantic Ocean. That's the Gulf of Mexico.