On Saturday the word got out that Texas A&M will be joining the SEC in the next year or two, and to follow were rumors that the SEC would then pursue Climpsun, F$U, and Mizzou. This got me thinking about something I had thought about last year as all of the conference realignment was going on, of where teams would fall if more shuffling were to happen.
Meat of the article after the jump.
To set the stage for you on what we'd be looking at.... (new additions in bold)
Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Cal, UCLA, Washington, Washington St, Arizona, Arizona St, Stanford, Colorado, Utah
B1G (Big Ten)
Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska
Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi St, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vandy, Texas A&M, Clemson, Florida State, Mizzou, georgie
Big XII (Big 12....Big 8 again?)
Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Kansas, Kansas St, Iowa St
Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, UNC, Virginia, Duke, Maryland, Boston College, NC State, Wake Forest
Big East (football)
Louisville, Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, Cincinnati, Syracuse, TCU
....and everyone else. Now, given this, you have the SEC with 16 teams, B1G and Pac-12 with twelve apiece, the Big 12 down to 8, the ACC down to 10, and the Big East up to 9 with others the same. Would the B1G and Pac-12 then push for expansion to 16? And if so, would the ACC or Big East try to compete? If there was a push to grow for the B1G and Pac-12, here's how I'd see it panning out.
SEC as above
Pac-12 + Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Baylor (or some other combo of 4 schools)
B1G + Kansas, K-State, Iowa St, Texas Tech (or others, total of 4)
ACC + 6 from the Big East/C-USA, such as Louisville, West Virginia, South Florida, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Memphis
This way you'd have four 16-team conferences, making everything organized and nice (remember this is my ideal world, yours might involve complete pandaemonium and terror).
Now what say you, FTRS readers? How do you see the whole conference realignment mess panning out if the SEC gets FSU, Clemson, and Mizzou along with Texas A&M?