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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

    44 vote(s)
  7. Maryland

    66 vote(s)
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
  9. North Carolina

    28 vote(s)
  10. Notre Dame

    195 vote(s)
  11. Oklahoma

    73 vote(s)
  12. Pittsburgh

    41 vote(s)
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
  15. Texas

    119 vote(s)
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
  17. Virginia

    39 vote(s)
  18. Virginia Tech

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

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

    14 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it


    Followed up by this:

    The guy is more than a message board hero but possibly not for much longer given how much backtracking he is doing from the initial report.

    If I'm not mistaken, the Big Ten waits until the school votes to enter the conference before voting to approve so it doesn't make much sense in the first place.

    If it is smoke and mirrors it could be a move to further destabilize the ACC and make the big fish (UNC and UVA) more obtainable, however.

    I haven't seen specific details, but going to 20 teams with basically two completely independent divisions meeting in a conference championship game doesn't seem like a bad idea to me If GaTech, UVA and UNC are all on the table.
  2. exhawg

    exhawg Self Mythologizing Monster Staff Member

    I don't see the point of 2 independent divisions. Just go back to the old Big 10 plays the winner of everyone else for the championship? Have 4 5 team divisions and play 9 conference games a year. That way two divisions play each other and you get a conference championship between teams that haven't played. Only problem would be rivalry games since it would be almost impossible to keep all rivals in the same divisions. On second thought with 5 teams per division it might work, but that would put OSU in a division with scUM, MSU, and two others.
  3. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    Yeah, I haven't put any significant thought into it other than I think it makes sense at this point to go beyond 16 if good additions are beating down the doors to get in.

    If you're going to go 14 with Maryland and Rutgers the argument to keep things traditional are basically out the door anyway so you might as well go all out.
  4. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    Forgive me if this is in here somewhere, but what of the oft' discussed contiguous-state rule for adding teams to the B1G?
  5. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Where did you get the idea that such a "rule" exists? I'm unaware of it.
  6. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    I believe the quote from Delany was something along the lines of "it's a guideline not a rule".

    Maryland + UVA + UNC + GaTech are contingent borders anyway.
    Muck likes this.
  7. Wells4Heisman

    Wells4Heisman Georgian' Buck

    If Georgia Tech joins at least I'll be able to watch the Buckeyes in Atlanta from time to time. That's the only benefit of them joining besides academics. :(
  8. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    Yeah, I'm sure I just got it somewhere in this thread or maybe on a Scout thread once upon a time, but thanks 86. I've been mentally connecting states down the coast, and of course got a 'does not compute' with GT, considering it would take a UVa and a UNC to get there... looks like it doesn't matter though...
  9. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    Oh sure, sneak in a post edit after I've already quoted you... anyways, looks like we're doing the same math here... the three of those schools together would be quite the coup...
  10. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    OK, so out of the various scenarios floating around the interweb tubes, this is my order of preference:

    1. UVA and UNC
    2. UVA and BC (Boston>Atlanta any day and BC brings hockey)
    3. UVA and GT
    4. GT and BC
    5. UVA and Kansas
    6. BC and Kansas
    7. GT and Kansas
    Perfect world scenario is UVA/UNC to the Big Ten. VaTech/NCState to the SEC and Clemson/FSU to the Big 12. [censored] the ACC. You don't do business with domers.
  11. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie


    And this.

    Agree, agree, agree. Would love to be a fly on the wall when Delaney and Slive have conversations...
  12. OSU_D/

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

    Atlanta > Boston

    1. UVA and UNC
    2. UNC and GT
    3. UVA and GT
    4. UVA and BC
    5. UNC and BC
    6. GT and BC
    Kansas, ISU, KSU, etc....
  13. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Georgia is contiguous with North Carolina which is contiguous with Virginia which is contiguous with Maryland. :)

    Edit: Once again proving I should read the entire thread before posting...

  14. exhawg

    exhawg Self Mythologizing Monster Staff Member

    Are we playing Risk?
  15. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    There are no more NE schools worth taking. No Syracuse, no UConn and no goddamn BC.

    One negative side effect of leaving VPI & NCSU to the SEC is that you've created a battleground state and given the enemy the schools that produce the most future alums.


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