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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. MU-Buck

    MU-Buck Newbie

    Sorry... I was referencing my previously mentioned pods. I have a unique way of understanding myself even when no one else does :wink:

    North - Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois
    Central - Penn State, tOSU, Indiana, Purdue
    East - Rutgers, Maryland, UVA, UNC
    West - Neraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota

    So, every 3 years you would have a division of tOSU, PSU, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, UNC, UVA and Maryland. Keeping the "4 Kings" evenly divided.
  2. darbypitcher22

    darbypitcher22 Sophmore

    It would stretch the footprint greatly, but I'd rather see Georgia Tech than Rutgers if there is a second team. Probably won't happen.
  3. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    I dont like being wed to the damn pedsters season after season...
  4. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now Staff Member

    Agree. MD, GT, Va, and ND is probably the best the B1G can hope for. 2nd best would be NC instead of ND.
  5. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie



  6. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member

    Apparently the Maryland BoR vote is today at 9:00am?

    Anyone know if this is on the Web like the Nebraska meeting was?
  7. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    Pod 1
    Ohio State

    Pod 2
    Michigan State

    Pod 3

    Pod 4
    Penn State
    North Carolina

    Pod 1 never grouped with Pod 2 for a season schedule, Pod 3 never grouped with Pod 4 for a season schedule.

    With two pods combined, that would give each team 7 conference games, so there is room for two crossovers with the pods you're not grouped with (possibly both going to the pod that you never play) that year (some protected, like OSU vs. tsun, of course) and three OOC games.

    Things I like about this: Penn State would never not play either Ohio State/Wisconsin or tsun/tsun State despite being grouped in the "newbie" pod and therefore the Big Ten conspiracy to hold them down continues. Throw in a "protected" crossover game with Nebraska every season for extra laughs. Also, the same thing applies to Nebraska as far as always playing the top teams from pod 1 or pod 2 since pod 3 and pod 4 are relatively weak in comparison. The "protected" crossover with Penn State actually makes sense as it bumps up their sos as the top teams in the "weak" pods.

    Things I don't like about this: Ohio State tied to Rutgers every season (Georgia Tech might be better in this regard simply for the guaranteed game down south every other year) and the game against tsun State taking a huge hit since the 'protected' crossover game with tsun would take away opportunities to play them frequently (always playing the two crossover games against that pod would help out somewhat).

    You have to make some sacrifices though, and in my opinion that is about the best possible scenario.

    I have zero confidence the Big Ten will do anything remotely similar if they do manage to raid the ACC for a +4 expansion.
  8. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    As you said, any possible scenario is going to have some down sides, but one other arguable negative of this scenario is that UVA might strongly dislike this setup. If possible schedules are being proposed to the schools before they agree to anything, and because:
    i) UVa is at least the second most coveted pick-up here, and
    ii) UVa is probably a harder sell than Maryland,
    maybe you would want to switch UVa and Maryland. Stick Maryland with the pod where they're playing almost all midwestern schools every other year, and let UVa pal around with UNC.
    Buckeye86 likes this.
  9. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Gotcha. I was trying to figure out how the 33% correlated to my post. :lol:
  10. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Amen to that. I so wish Ohio State & Wisconsin had gone into the Legends with TSUN & Sparty in the Leaders. TSUN really would have been the better choice to leverage TV sets in NY etc.

    How about ND instead of GT? (So MD, UNC, VA & ND)

    I've been keeping up with the discussion on one of the main UMD blogs. There doesn't seem to be a live [Zeke] (I believe it is actually a conference call).

    Edit: Forgot the link...

    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  11. Wingate1217

    Wingate1217 Oh, double rainbow, it's so intense!!

    I somehow think they will try to stay independent....especially with the season they are having this year.
    They are probably in talks with NBC right now trying to re-negiotiate their TV contract right now...:biggrin:
  12. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    I agree, I was responding to CleveBuck's suggestion of ND instead of UNC. If ND was replacing one from the list I would rather it be GT. UNC + ND is better than UNC or ND.
  13. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  14. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    If the YES network and BTN become corporate sisters, believe me, that will change. Marketing the brand across the platform is the way to build the brand, and in this case the brand is B1G football.

    There's also a substantial base of Ohio State fans in NYC. Probably the largest college fanbase there.
  15. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    I would say we are 3rd behind PSU and Notre Dame. Just from personal experience. Syracuse is big here too, especially basketball. Rutgers has a lot of Alumni, but I don't see them as sports fans.

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