I Don’t know how I missed this thread!
a couple notes:
Ithaca St.? sorry, but Ithaca College is not a state school in NY. They are IC.
Big Ten will not be bringing UConn into the conference. And Syracuse is highly unlikely.
The Big East will, in large part, seem ripe to be merged with the ACC (who will need the help when the SEC expands), and we’d have the Big Atlantic Conference. Current ACC schools who would then probably end up in the expanded SEC include Florida State and Miami.
Syracuse will be better off in all sports in the BAC. It’ll still be a solid football conference, a stellar basketball conference, and other sports like lacrosse, which would join Syracuse in a conference with UVa, MD, and UNC.
UConn would also benefit from this in all-sports
Schools on the outside of this include Georgetown and the other elite Big East basketball teams who do not have football. Some possibilities include enrollment into BAC as a non-football partner, or the expansion of the A-10. And, Temple, thanks to having football and Villanova’s refusal to jump up to 1A, might find itself in the new BAC – rejoining some old Big East foes.
West Viriginia has not been talked about for Big Ten. I think UMaryland would be a better buy in. It would renew PSU/Maryland football, that, for a time, was almost as regular as PSU Syr/WV/Rutgers, etc. Plus it puts the Big Ten in the DC area. Which is a huge Penn State area alrready (notice Indiana v. PSU game will be at FedEx field this fall). The ACC already has Virginia and VaTech, which has large amounts of alumni in the DC area.
4 more teams are needed for Big Ten. Here’s my top 6 to fill the bill, in this order:
ND will not survive as an independent if the super conferences come to fruition.
Big 12 would need some SEC teams to defect to survive. But to won’t hurt the SEC to lose some weaker teams, and so far, the Big 12 have held onto those powerful Texas schools and Okla. Maybe they could pick up TCU (who could also go to SEC).
SEC can raid the ACC. ACC raids the Big East which basically makes a merge. Syracuse, WVU rejoins BC and VaTech. Also moving into the new conference is USF.
Meanewhile, Louisville may turn to SEC (think basketball, baseball and other sports, too), and football powers Miami and Florida State join SEC. Kansas will lobby hard for SEC or Big Ten, but they’re looking outside for Big Ten.
One school who is screwed: Cincinatti. They’d have a crack at the SEC or even Big 12 if they survived, but Louisville is the bigger catch for either conference when the Big East merges with the ACC.
Oh, I’ve left off what will happen to DePaul, Marquette, etc of Big East Basketball. Good question. Certainly, because of the nature of basketball, it opens the door for some mid-major conferences to become major conferences. The A-10 is a perfect example if they could get G’town, Villanova, St. Johns and Providence from the Big East with their Championship game held in…wait for it…Madision Square Garden.
anyway, just some thoughts to while away the hours…