Pitt would make sense to get a rivalry started up with Penn State
Syracuse I think is a little too much of an outlier geographically
Miami (OH) just doesnt have the facilities to be a Big 10 school (football stadium with only 24,000 seats? The next smallest in the Big 10 is double that...)
West Virginia would also make sense, but that would split them up with their natural rival Pitt (vice versa for Pitt if they leave)...also, then you have to figure on how the Big East would replace either Pitt or West Virginia if they left since they'd then be down to just 7 schools...
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I would take WMU and BGSU if anyone, and those are pushes
From a competition standpoint, it seems Miami is the most consistent MAC school, on both the Football and Basketball side of the ledger. They could expand their stadium, I'm sure, to accomodate the Big 10. The only other MAC school that I could see fitting into the Big 10 is Toledo, but I think Miami would be favored because of it's reputation. Not that UT is a bad school, but it's more of a commuter school.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1035 times:
Maybe they should call themselves the Big 12 then...oh wait...
I think from a skill level, WVU or Pitt would be the no-brainer, the location isn't bad either. Miami OH is a stretch, they'd be like Baylor in the Big 12. I doubt ND would want to give up its juicy non-conference affiliation perks anytime soon.
Here's something else to chew on: if Boise State wants to be taken seriously more often, they should consider moving to the Pac-10 or even CUSA.
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3374 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1028 times:
From the article:
"The broader [the network] is distributed, the more value [expansion] has. We have eight states. With expansion, you could have nine," he said.
In my opinion, this rules out a school such as Pitt or Iowa State. After all, the Big 10 already has Pennsylvania covered through Penn State and Iowa covered through the University of Iowa. They are looking to add a school from a new state, and probably prefer a state with a lot of TVs and potential viewers.
A couple of candidates that I see:
Syracuse -- a fairly well-known school in a heavily populated state
Rutgers -- while only decent in football very recently, it is still located in a very populated state
Missouri -- can bring both St. Louis and Kansas City into the Big 10 fold (although St. Louis may already be there through Illinois)
All of this, of course, is predicated on Notre Dame not being interested. While ND is not in a "new" Big 10 state, there is enough of a national following where that wouldn't really matter.
I really hope this doesn't mean the Pac 10 expands, as I think it is one of the most well-balanced leagues out there (and every school plays every other school in the league in football, something only the Big East can say out of the major conferences). But if the Pac 10 did expand, I could see them adding Utah & BYU to maintain the geographical & rivalry balance.
S12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1003 times:
Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 8): Here's something else to chew on: if Boise State wants to be taken seriously more often, they should consider moving to the Pac-10 or even CUSA.
Won't happen in the Pac 10. They've all ready stated they are not interested in expanding. Also, should they ever consider expanding, they have strict academic requirements that each school has to meet. I wouldn't expect the Pac 10 to expand for a long time. Especially as long as that retard Hansen is still running it. That guy is a fricken MORON.
Galapagapop From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 910 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 946 times:
With the new TV contracts with FSN Big Ten and the new promoting, I'd fine if hard to believe any team added would be within the same market as a current Big 10 team. Infact FSN Big 10 is still having debates on how to divide up much of the midwest in terms of who's market will be who's, come football season, and it's touchy as is. Because every game must be broadcast to it's fan base, even if it's the not the national FSN game. (Indiana and Michigan are he main issue states) The team will have to be just outside a market if possible.