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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)
    9.9%
  2. Cincinnati

    17 vote(s)
    5.8%
  3. Connecticut

    6 vote(s)
    2.0%
  4. Duke

    17 vote(s)
    5.8%
  5. Georgia Tech

    52 vote(s)
    17.7%
  6. Kansas

    44 vote(s)
    15.0%
  7. Maryland

    68 vote(s)
    23.2%
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
    31.1%
  9. North Carolina

    29 vote(s)
    9.9%
  10. Notre Dame

    199 vote(s)
    67.9%
  11. Oklahoma

    75 vote(s)
    25.6%
  12. Pittsburgh

    42 vote(s)
    14.3%
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
    13.0%
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
    5.8%
  15. Texas

    121 vote(s)
    41.3%
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
    4.4%
  17. Virginia

    40 vote(s)
    13.7%
  18. Virginia Tech

    58 vote(s)
    19.8%
  19. Stay at 12 teams and don't expand

    25 vote(s)
    8.5%
  20. Add some other school(s) not listed

    15 vote(s)
    5.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. OhioSt88

    OhioSt88 Newbie

    GA Tech and who else?

    Atlanta and the southern market has been Delaney's wish all along. I think Ga Tech is a slam dunk in the next 3 months, and it would be a good move for the conference.

    The Association of American Universities has about a dozen potential candidates for the completion of the current expansion plans, and Ga Tech is one of them along with Texas.

    Do not count out an all out blitz to convince Texas to come to the fold. Texas is probably still the first target (after Notre Lame, which I think is crazy to still be considering).

    Without Texas and Notre Lame, then I think we steal 2 from the ACC to screw Notre Lame and end up with Virginia. UNC has said no for at least 60 years, and I do not see the Big Ten waiting that long and Duke is probably going to stay with UNC. But for Virginia to come aboard I think Va Tech needs an SEC invitation.

    Pitt only makes sense as a replacement for State Penn. Rice, Vanderbilt and Tulane add good geographic foot print and academics but not much else. I do not see Missouri, Texas A&M or Florida leaving the SEC.

    That leaves you with a bunch of Western schools that do not fit geographically, unless you want to consider Colorado. Finally, you are down to Kansas and Iowa St.

    If the Big Ten is going to stick with an academic concern, the actual options are pretty limited.

    Although Texas and Ga Tech would be awesome, I am thinking Virginia and Ga Tech, which would be a nice round out to the conference!
     
  2. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    Well if the B1G does make it down the coast to GA... it will need one more school... Tejas come on down!
     
  3. redguard117

    redguard117 Senior

    Boston is great but fuck Boston College. No one likes them.
     
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  5. WolverineMike

    WolverineMike Senior

    what are the benefits for all this expansion?
     
  6. Insuring the skunk weasels have a least one slip up a year. :biggrin:
     
  7. WolverineMike

    WolverineMike Senior

    so you don't know either. got it.
     
  8. ohiomarc

    ohiomarc Newbie

    GT and who else?

    I dont' know about anyone else, but I'd be pretty happy with GT and FSU. I really think if we're adding two more teams, we need to get one more football school. UVA and UNC, while great schools, don't help us at all in that department.

    :osu:
     
  9. exhawg

    exhawg Self Mythologizing Monster Staff Member

    Adding cable and satellite boxes to the BTN.
     
  10. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Srsly?

    Step 1: Add New Conference members
    Step 2: Increase Conference footprint
    Step 3: Get BTN in more households
    Step 4: ??
    Step 5: Profit!

    I think the BTN agreement with cable prviders is something like $0.10 per houshold out of footprint states and $0.80 per household within footprint states.

    But really, one could argue it's both securing our conference's athletic vitality for the future and strengthening our already great academic standing.
     
  11. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun

    more message boards for you to troll
     
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  12. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    FSU will not be a candidate. They do not in any way meet the academic criteria.
     
  13. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Short term yeah but long term it's about demographics (and breeding out southerners for the good of humanity).

    I keep telling people that as well but part of me wonders if Delaney can wrangle academic powerhouses like UVA, UNC & GT might that be enough to get the COP/C to relent on another academic outlier?

    We're going to 20 right?

    Oh and a bit of talk about the Georgia Tech rumor over at Land Grant Holy Land. Stalking horse time?
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012
  14. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

  15. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    I think the goal is UVA and UNC. I honestly think the GT and FSU talk could be to rattle the ACC cage and see who comes running. I don't think UVA wanted Louisville.
     
  16. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    My gut says, yes. I see 64 standing but not divided up into even 16 team conferences. The PAC can't expand based on geography (can't really be poached either). It only takes one of the academic schools to blackball a candidate, and that rules out any Cal State schools, Magic Underwear Aggy, Potato Aggy or the two Slot Machine Aggys.

    I see a PAC/BIG/FOX half with 32 teams and a XII/SEC/ESPN half with 32 teams. Conference championships [Zeke] into semifinals, which is an 8 team playoff.
     

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