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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

    52 vote(s)
  6. Kansas

    44 vote(s)
  7. Maryland

    68 vote(s)
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
  9. North Carolina

    29 vote(s)
  10. Notre Dame

    200 vote(s)
  11. Oklahoma

    76 vote(s)
  12. Pittsburgh

    42 vote(s)
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
  15. Texas

    122 vote(s)
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
  17. Virginia

    40 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

    16 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    BIG is where it's at motherfuckers. Go BIG or go home. No no no, not you Notre Dame...you go home.
  2. BuckTwenty

    BuckTwenty Parties with Pete Johnson's Beard

    Well put. That's as good a cliff notes version as what we are seeing happening.

    I would add to that, after going through pages and pages of expansion thread in The Shag, is that the Big XII goes as Texas goes; they are the key to that conference. The best thing for UT is to be the the biggest fish in the "Texas Conference". If Texas were to leave the Big XII, it dies... and it would die quickly.

    To a lesser extent, UNC is the Texas of the ACC. If UNC leaves the ACC (or as the Shagsters call it, "ESPN's pet"), it will be a slower death, but it would be the beginning of the end for that conference.

    Despite what people might think, I don't think there's any chance in hell ND will ever come to the B1G. There's a better chance of Texas joining the conference than ND joining, if that gives you any idea. The domers will join the Big XII or the Pac X before considering becoming a full member in the B1G. That'll never stop Jimmy D from pursuing them like a stalker, though.
  3. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    Not mentioned so far is the fact that Rutgers and Maryland add to the academic reputation of the Big 10. Rutgers has long been an established 1st tier public U and Maryland has gone through a serious upgrade in the last 15 years.

    (which reminds me, BWI/PSU whiners, look where Paterno U. was academically prior to 1993).

    UNC would add to that academic rep, as would Syracuse - funny, but I believe it was Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder who led the charge against admitting Penn State to the Big East-

    Just guessing, but if Notre Dame gets into the NC game I think they become more convinced of their need NOT to join a football conference and have to fully contribute to the strength of all.
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  5. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Yes, they will see this one-time aberration as the dawn of a new thousand-year reich of domer independence.
  6. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Apathetic Prophet of Doom Staff Member

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  7. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!


    Just no.
  8. Both State College and Blacksburg are located in Appalachia, so yeah, they have the same type of fans all right.
  9. Mike80

    Mike80 Done

    No dude, trust me. They don't.
  10. Syracuse is a very good school, but they aren't the same type of school as those in the B1G . As opposed to the B1G schools, they aren't research-heavy, and in fact just voluntarily withdrew from the AAU because their focus had changed so much since they were inducted.
  11. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Legend

    It's not about geography or the number of teams. "Big Ten" is a brand.
  12. Appalachians. Their fans are both Appalachians. Granted, only one set seems to base their morals on the forest scene from Deliverance, but they are still Appalachians.

    You know, not that there's anything wrong with that (the town I grew up in is now in Appalachia as well).
  13. sflbuck

    sflbuck Junior

    I totally agree that ND will say no one last time. That said, Delany has not given up on his idea that the conference champion of the 4 major conferences (looking like BIG, SEC, PAC and Big 12) get an automatic invite to the 4 team national championship playoff (if they are in the top 6 teams via some formula). SEC and others said no, but the SEC may reconsider when they realize that one loss SEC teams could be left out of the four teams in some years ( Think about what the situation was before KSU and Oregon lost last weekend AND if we (OSU) were not ineligible to play in the championship games). If Delany gets this rule in, Notre Dame will over time become a quaint relic of the past that used to dominate football, just like Yale, Army and Navy are now.
  14. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    Blacksburg makes RSV look like Chicagoland.
  15. Mike80

    Mike80 Done

    I think you are missing my point. I grew up in Appalachia too - around Ped State fans no less. It's not just that they are Ped State fans and part of a cult, the entire state is a fuckin cult.

    Pennsylvania is different. Extremely different. As in inbred different.

    While Va Tech is indeed in Appalachia, they do not believe that they are the top of the world. Ped Staters do, ESPECIALLY the fucksticks around Rhythmic Slappy Valley.
  16. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    yaddayaddaMike (and others like him) are the emo kids of college sports fans. They pick a team to follow that is disliked in the area they grew specifically to annoy everyone around them.

    People from New Jersey spread out into other States and still manage to ruin everything around them.

    The Big 12 is on deck. They're just waiting to see how much UMD actually ends up paying to escape the ACC.

    Someone should start a vBet on who is the most full of [Mark May].

    Chip Brown
    Purple Book Cat
    The Dude
    Who said anything about NY?

    Don't get me wrong I'm no fan of that city either but at least it's people are diluted by a constant influx of immigrants and tend to stay safely cocooned in their island prison.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012

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