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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. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    FWIW the "FSU is contacting the B1G" rumors are coming from FSU insiders.

    BUCKYLE Moderater

  3. https://www.aau.edu/about/article.aspx?id=5476

    Here is is list of AAU schools. If the university you want to join the B1G is not on this list (FSU), you can forget about it right now. This expansion is about football, but the B1G is not going to bring in non AAU schools.

    If you look at this list here are the most likely.
    Boston U.
    Georgia Tech
    University of Toronto

    If the goal is to expand East the two choices would be UNC and Virginia. I don't think Georgia Tech is too far out milage wise, but geographically it is on an island compared to the rest of the B1G. Vanderbilt would be the best for academics, but has some of the same properties as mentioned with GT. I don't know if Kansas would add anything to the B1G. You can cross off Duke and Vanderbilt if they only want to take state schools. Probably not Toronto, but it would open up the untapped Canadian market.

    That leaves us with Boston U, Virginia and UNC to choose from. I think Virginia and UNC would be the best bets. Virginia would get you any of the DC market that Maryland does not cover and they are very good academically.
  4. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    Not so sure the Terriers would be good for the football side of things...
  5. I agree, but this expansion is not about bringing the best football universities. It is about expanding the B1G footprint and the market for the B1G Network. Boston U is in the same pack football wise as Maryland and Rutgers. No one is expecting those three schools to compete for the B1G title they way they were when Nebraska joined.
  6. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    No, they're not. Boston U. =/= Boston College. Boston U. has a club football team. Click the link I put in my last post.
  7. "This guys dead. Well cross him off." My fault. That leaves UNC and Virginia.
    Abenaki likes this.
  8. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.


    I think UNC and Virginia would be great all-around additions that I like more than just about any other "available" options out there.

    I'm undecided about the FSU move. FSU/Miami or FSU/GT would be a home run for the BTN and TV contracts, but otherwise don't fit nearly as well.

    BUCKYLE Moderater

    I think ol' JD's plan is for the B1G universities to make twice what any other conference's teams are within let's say...20 yrs. You gotta believe that if that happens, not many other teams in the country will be able to keep up with Northwestern's facility upgrades and Head Coach and assistant salaries. All it will take is for the B1G schools to invest back into their programs. I'd be willing to bet Maryland and Rutgers will do so. Not sure about Indiana.
  10. Bucknut24

    Bucknut24 Trolololol

    big 10 still won't take them, no way with their academic record
  11. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    How does FSU's academic record compare with Nebraska's?

    It can't be that much worse...
  12. DaveyBoy

    DaveyBoy Our Honor Defend

    According to US News.....
    FSU 36
    NU. 42

    I admit I'm surprised by this

  13. FSU is not a AAU member, Nebraska was at the time they joined.
  14. DaveyBoy

    DaveyBoy Our Honor Defend

    But as an undergrad school,FSU is better than I thought.

    I assume that if they made a point to bean AAU member, they could get there

  15. bassbuckeye07

    bassbuckeye07 Junior

    The "rumor" that was floated by Beaux Bishop on the radio in Columbus is that FSU is applying for AAU membership and has contacted the B1G about conference membership.....this is, like Texas, being pushed by the academic wing while the athletic side wants big 12

    thats the rumor
    Steve19 likes this.

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