Nebraska has officially accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten today. The Big Ten is looking to make a much bigger splash than this so expect them to continue adding schools. Eventually Notre Dame will get off their high horse because they won’t have a choice and join the Big Ten as well. With the Big Ten growing bigger and the Pac-10 wanting to do the same for all intents and purposes the Big 12 is now dead.
The next conference on the chopping block is the Big East and then the ACC. Everyone knows that the SEC is going to want to answer the Big Ten so the ACC needs to be very worried. Instead of being the conference that’s scrambling to survive the ACC needs to be proactive and beat everybody else to the punch. I said yesterday that I didn’t like the super conferences, but now it is very evident that’s the way things are going. The quicker John Swofford and his cronies figure that out and start doing something about it the better off the ACC will be.
Add Pittsburgh and UConn tomorrow. This will expand the conference’s footprint to the North, strengthen the basketball side of things (let’s face it basketball is the ACC), put us in the state where ESPN is located which can never be a bad thing, add two very good academic institutions (I don’t care about that stuff, but it’ll give the ACC presidents something to brag about), and give BC (UConn) and Maryland (Pitt) a natural rival. Most importantly it will tell the current members that the ACC is not going anywhere and we plan to be a major power in the land of college athletics which would hopefully convince everybody else to stay put.
Of course a team or two could still leave, but even then the ACC would be much better prepared to handle the defections than if they were to take place the way it stands now. I want Pitt and UConn because I think those are the two schools that bring the most to the table. If other schools need to be added in the future my list would look like this in order of who I like the most: 1. Syracuse 2. Louisville 3. Rutgers 4. West Virginia 5. South Florida 6. Central Florida 7. Cincinnati 8. Kansas 9. Memphis 10. Temple [Sorry ECU you don’t make the top 10.]
In other non important news, Boise State has joined the Mountain West Conference. What you say? Boise State is going to have to play an actual college football schedule now? Oh well. Those undefeated seasons were nice while they lasted I guess.