Now that the Pac-12 has decided to remain a 12 team league…here is how I see some major conferences when the dust settles:
Major (needed) changes for the Longhorn Network.
Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas Tech, Missouri + TCU, BYU & Louisville.
The Big XII becomes 12 again with the addition of the three new schools. The Big XII has been reluctant to add TCU but with the Big East imploding now is the time for these two to finally get hitched. BYU jumps at the chance to join a BCS automatic qualifying conference and Louisville comes because the Big XII will be a more stable football conference than the Big East.
The most powerful and successful conference in the NCAA remains at 13 schools for a year…but the league will eventually add a 14th school to balance things out. I remain of the opinion that the league will expand east. Texas A&M fits nicely into the SEC West…so look for #14 to come from the ACC or the Big East. I think the SEC would love to have Virginia Tech, Florida State or Maryland…the Terps are the group I think could jump if the SEC came calling and Maryland (in my opinion) would be a nice fit (DC and Baltimore TV markets, Under Armour money, a good academic school committed to football and men’s basketball). If the SEC can’t get an ACC school I think they’d revisit West Virginia.
Teams: LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi St., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Maryland
I love the ACC manning-up and adding Pitt and Syracuse…but I think the ACC will eventually lose a school to the SEC (for this blog let’s say that school is Maryland). That said, I think the ACC will become the first super conference (16 schools) by adding 3 more teams to the league.
Teams: Boston College, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Pitt, Syracuse, Villanova, Rutgers, UConn
The Big East is decimated in this blog as a football conference and loses it’s BCS automatic-qualifier status…but beefs-up as a basketball league by adding Xavier and Butler.
No major changes…this league remains at 12 schools and will wait on Notre Dame. I think the only way the Big Ten expands is if they can land the Irish.