So don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Don’t assume anything and more important.ly remember that this blog and any others you read for entertainment purposes only.
All indications are that UVA is still headed to the Big 10 along with Georgia Tech and the announcement could come as soon as next Monday.
UNC’s reaction would be to accept an invitation from the SEC and join Virginia Tech as Nick Saban’s stepstool.
The Big 12 is very close to an agreement with FSU and Miami that is contingent upon Georgia Tech leaving the ACC. The contingency isn’t formal it’s just that if Georgia Tech doesn’t leave neither are FSU and Miami.
Clemson and North Carolina State are have Big 12 invitations and will wait and see where the balls land and hope they land in the SEC. That’s not going to happen so pencil them both in for the Big 12.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. My friend over @blatanthomerism posed an interesting question: What if the Big 12 allowed Kansas to leave the Big 12 for the Big 10? (Note: There is ZERO chance of this happening - it's just an interesting thought - Both Allen and I want KU to stay in the Big 12)
That only makes sense if the Big 12 adds one more, bringing the total to five, ACC schools and allows better east-west divisional alignment in the Big 12. If the Big 12 were to go to 16 they could add BYU in the West and someone like Louisville in the East. That’s just a theory right now but one that I like. Consider this:
I’m not sure how likely a 16 member Big 12 is but I am sure that 12 could happen as soon as next week with 13 and 14 quickly thereafter. The 16 member Big 12 could happen with Kansas too – just leave out Pitt and place KSU in the East and KU in the West.
If Kansas would leave the Big 12 it would be with the blessing of the Big 12 and a friendly separation that benefits both the Big 12 and Big 10. Remember… no one at WVU has expressed anything about KU. That’s just me playing “what if”.
Before I go I want to address the situation with Clemson. Clemson has a Big 12 offer but is willing to wait and see if an SEC offer comes their way. It is very unlikely the SEC invites the Tigers simply because the SEC doesn’t want to duplicate markets and will certainly not duplicate a small market like the one Clemson offers. Is Clemson deserving of an SEC invitation? Yes, and so is FSU but neither provide what the SEC needs right now offers – SEC expansion is about TV sets not the quality of football.
Clemson feels like they have an outside shot at the SEC and they are secure in taking that risk because they have an offer from the Big 12 in their pocket. The Big 10 may not stop at 16. They could add UVA and GT and then add KU and BC.
They could lock down the northeast, have their presence in the south with Georgia Tech and be content in the knowledge the SEC and Big 12 have no desire to go beyond 16. Right now its all fun to think about but just supposition. What I am fairly certain happens very soon is this:
- UVA & GT to the Big 10
- UNC & VPI to the SEC
- FSU and Miami to the Big 12.
But nothing happens this weekend. Enjoy college football and I would encourage all Mountaineer fans to turn up for senior day and see out Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and the rest of the senior Mountaineers as they play their last home game.