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Big Ten and other Conference Expansion

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Mike80, Jul 26, 2007.


Which Teams Should the Big Ten Add? (please limit to four selections)

  1. Boston College

    29 vote(s)
  2. Cincinnati

    17 vote(s)
  3. Connecticut

    6 vote(s)
  4. Duke

    17 vote(s)
  5. Georgia Tech

    50 vote(s)
  6. Kansas

    43 vote(s)
  7. Maryland

    66 vote(s)
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
  9. North Carolina

    27 vote(s)
  10. Notre Dame

    195 vote(s)
  11. Oklahoma

    72 vote(s)
  12. Pittsburgh

    41 vote(s)
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
  15. Texas

    118 vote(s)
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
  17. Virginia

    38 vote(s)
  18. Virginia Tech

    58 vote(s)
  19. Stay at 12 teams and don't expand

    24 vote(s)
  20. Add some other school(s) not listed

    14 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. redguard117

    redguard117 Senior

    Exactly. Many college rankings are derived from the volume of research/grad work published. For this reason, smaller liberal arts schools and the non-research oriented schools (Dartmouth and my school) are not as well represented. Princeton seems to be the anomaly
  2. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Plenty of research is done at Princeton.

    Also, the rankings are of colleges and universities in aggregate.

    I'm not suggesting this list is more or less valid than any other; it's just the first time I've seen it.
  3. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    I think you're poking at all the right areas that would need to be worked out.

    Off the top of my head:

    The schools would not gain ownership stakes in the BTN so some sort of media deal would of course have to be worked out. I'm of the mind that more content is a very good thing. Is the BTN really so overloaded that there isn't room for more games? I tend to think more programming would be a godsend.

    A few of the schools other people have mentioned Rutgers, Maryland etc would be very unlikely to be targets for the associate league. Would in the world would Maryland have to gain? Joining the B1G as a full member would be attractive but otherwise they'd be much better off staying in the ACC.

    Rutgers would only be feasible if the Big East finally disintegrates and has no where else to go. Realistically the same is probably true for UConn, I mainly included them because of their natural fit with some of the other schools I mentioned.

    The primary idea is to help get a foothold in new regions & to have some measure of control over the growth of some potential future members (remember we're talking '100 year decisions') rather than relying on the current chaos to potentially spit out someone viable.
  4. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

  5. redguard117

    redguard117 Senior

    They do, but their grad programs are much smaller in relation to their undergraduate work, which is why they are the anomaly.
  6. Born4Corn

    Born4Corn Newbie

    I like these rankings better, and not just because they have Nebraska ranked in the 151-200 range. :wink2: (Seriously, I get that we aren't exactly Harvard, but not in the Top 400, wtf? Especially with some of the schools that they do have in there.)


    If you look at the methodology for these rankings you'll see that it's geared heavily towards the quality of the research the university does, and the faculty that they have. Those are the things that the Big Ten is interested in.

    9 University of Chicago
    17 University of Wisconsin - Madison
    22 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    25 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    28 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    29 Northwestern University (This is the one thing I don't like about these rankings, Northwestern should be higher.)
    43 Pennsylvania State University - University Park
    59 The Ohio State University - Columbus
    69 Purdue University - West Lafayette
    86 Michigan State University
    90 Indiana University Bloomington
    101-150 University of Iowa
    151-200 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

    Also of note:
    27 University of Toronto
    201-300 University of Notre Dame (ND's weak grad and research programs really kill them in these rankings.)
  7. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    redguard117 likes this.
  8. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Maryland to the B1G rumors starting up again.

    Allegedly some radio stations have reported that discussions are underway between the conference & the Terrapins.

    Eleven Warriors

    Frank the Tank

    Also a thread about it on the Scout premium board.

    So any 97.1 listeners know what (if anything) was actually said?
  9. OSU_D/

    OSU_D/ Intense Hater of Big Nut, Buck I Guy & Buckeye Man

    I'm good with it if they are the throw-in school after UVA :biggrin:
  10. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I'm good with it if they are the replacement for Penn State.
    Palpie likes this.
  11. Nicknam4

    Nicknam4 Pootis

    Maryland? Meh. I'm content with the way the conference in its current state. It's harder to take them seriously with the ridiculous clown outfits they like to wear.
  12. darbypitcher22

    darbypitcher22 Sophmore

    Makes you wonder how much validity there is to this. I can't imagine these talks are taking place without another school also looking to join. Any idea what school that might be?
  13. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    Sounds like the Pitt to Big Ten rumors from some years ago..
  14. Mike80

    Mike80 Pretentious Dickhole

    I can imagine it happening in a vacuum. This is Delaney we are talking about here.....
  15. buckeyboy

    buckeyboy Taller than most...


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