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Big Ten and other Conference Expansion

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

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

  1. Boston College

    29 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. Cincinnati

    17 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. Connecticut

    6 vote(s)
    2.1%
  4. Duke

    17 vote(s)
    5.9%
  5. Georgia Tech

    51 vote(s)
    17.6%
  6. Kansas

    44 vote(s)
    15.2%
  7. Maryland

    68 vote(s)
    23.4%
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
    31.4%
  9. North Carolina

    29 vote(s)
    10.0%
  10. Notre Dame

    196 vote(s)
    67.6%
  11. Oklahoma

    74 vote(s)
    25.5%
  12. Pittsburgh

    41 vote(s)
    14.1%
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
    13.1%
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
    5.9%
  15. Texas

    120 vote(s)
    41.4%
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
    4.5%
  17. Virginia

    40 vote(s)
    13.8%
  18. Virginia Tech

    58 vote(s)
    20.0%
  19. Stay at 12 teams and don't expand

    25 vote(s)
    8.6%
  20. Add some other school(s) not listed

    14 vote(s)
    4.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    It doesn't matter how many people want to watch them. It matters how many people in their market will tolerate having BTN on their cable bill.

    Nobody here wants to watch OWN either, but if you have cable or a satellite dish Oprah's getting your money anyway.
     
  2. The same winning percentage as Maryland? I'm not sure that helps your argument much. Don't get me wrong, Virginia is a prestigious University and would make a excellent addition to the Big Ten, but they are another Indiana (or Maryland, if you prefer) when it comes to the quality of their football.
     
  3. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Legend

    This is true and irrelevant.
     
  4. Kinda like the guy in the "Untouchables" said: "It ain't supposed to be good, it's supposed to be bought."
     
  5. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    eventually you guys will learn that this is not simply about how good Maryland or Rutgers or Virginia's football teams are and whether those schools have enough fans.

    it's about the fact that there are a TON of B1G alumni living in these areas.

    the B1G will bring its fan base with it.
     
  6. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    UVa ain't too bad either.
     
  7. Bucknut24

    Bucknut24 Trolololol

  8. sepia5

    sepia5 JoePa apologists = Pendejo

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  9. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    B1G + UVa + GA Tech + UNC - Ped State = Epic Win.
     
  10. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    You missed the best part of that story. 17 for the win!

    I'm not really buying it, but it's still a lot of fun to read. :tongue2:
     
  11. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I would rather if the next 2 schools that end up in the B1G are "football schools" As much as I personally despise ND, I have to believe they are in they end game.

    In any case.... adding say UVA and UNC -
    East
    Ohio State
    Skunkbear
    Sparty
    Ped
    Virginia
    Maryland
    Rutgers
    North Carolina

    West
    Nebraska
    Wisconsin
    Iowa
    Minnesota
    Purdue
    Northwestern
    Illinois
    Indiana

    That's pretty equally balanced, I think (and thinking in terms of football) The east has two "powers" (OSU and you know who) as does the West (Neby and Wisky (though, this assumes Wisky is here to stay, long term, which I'm not sure I can believe)) and 4 teams which are reasonably likely to win the division any given season (OSU, Skunk, Ped (sanctions notwithstanding), Sparty) as does the West - if you assume one of Purdue Northwestern or Illinois can have the occasional strong year or two. Then, there's the bottom feeders, although, when they cheat Carolina can field a pretty good football team...

    Thinking in terms of Basketball, the East is clearly stronger, but the West doesn't look like bull[Mark May].
     
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    "Sources close to WVU with ties to Ohio State President E. Gorden Gee confirm that the Big 10 has all but decided to accept the applications of Georgia Tech and UVA and is seriously considering adding UNC as the Big 10’s 17th member as insurance against potential U.S. Department of Education sanctions against PSU that could lead to Penn State being ineligible to receive federal student aid due to violations of the Clery Act." and "current or future ACC members Duke, Wake, Pitt, and Syracuse currently do not have suitors within the big 4 conferences."

    :biggrin:

    I don't like Pitt.
     
  13. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    "Left out: Pitt, Boston College, Duke, Wake, Syracuse" and Cincinnati... Lots of hearts being broken here and given the strength of the academic side of several of these schools, along with an inability to pay the bills for football I have to wonder if several won't be forced to drop the game. How long can some of these schools continue with a program that can't pay its own way in an era when the pressure to lower tuition is going to do nothing but mount?

    I know for a fact that the faculties of Miami and U Cincinnati have been rumbling about how much the school has to shell out to keep the football program going.
     
  14. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I think what's going to happen is after the Big 4 Conferences are set, the rest are going to end up being like D-IAA. I don't know what they'll call it, but I think what needs to happen is schools like UC or Miami, OU.. etc.. have to start competing with a group of schools in the same "tier" as them. As it is, none of these teams is ever going to win the NC. Have them play for some other championship.

    Not sure I articulated that real well. Point is, there are ways that schools like UC can remain able to field a football team without having to compete financially with the Big Boys.
     
  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Indiana (and Tom Crean) would totally dominate that division.
     

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