I didn't know we were talking smack.
I won't argue the situation in the ACC because it's going to be a Florida dominated conference most years. I agree with you. I'll say this however. Right now, FSU is down, much like Miami in the mid 90's, but not as far down. They'll be back and the two sunshine state schools will have great battles for the ACC crown.
Let's look at the Big East.
By your own numbers you're saying that Miami is #1, Va Tech is #4, and BC #5.
They are being replaced by Louisville, Cincy and USF. Their current C USA rankings. . . Louisville #3, Cincy #6, and USF #7. Louisville still has TCU ahead and has already lost to USF. Cincy and Louisville still have each other to play so one of them will drop again. USF is out of the championship race after 4 conference games in which they lost 2 (and how did Southern Miss run it up on them? they have a horrible offense.), and will have to scramble to be bowl eligible because of 1-AA wins.
Those rankings are from what you've called a commandingly weaker conference.
Average the rankings. The Big East teams leaving have an average of a 3 ranking, in a tough conference.
The C USA replacements average ranking is over 5. Once again, in a weaker conference and it is one htat will probably drop further.
Miami is the major credible loss to the Big East. But the replacements they have coming don't make up for the loss of Va Tech and BC.
Put the replacements together and they don't make up for Miami.
Put the replacements together and they nowhere near come close to the loss of Miami, Va Tech, and BC.
My point I've been trying to make for the past week is that the Big East just got worse. C USA may have held ground by going to 12, any gains or losses were small.
The difference between the two conferences just got alot smaller.
The 3 teams going to the Big East will profit I do believe. Less travel, more rivalries within close proximity. They'll get better. So will C USA.
If the Big East gets to keep the BCS berth, then one should be given to C USA and the MWC (although one of its better schools got skull drug by a WAC team)
Another thing I won't argue with you. Basketball. The Big East will be huge, and the profits will help all sports.
K Rob, yea! yea! - now that were are resorting to smack talk lets go.
I am a fan of Miami and think the school is joining the newest Big 2 Little 10 conference.
If FSU last year earned a BCS bid with four loses so do the new Big East.
Who has FSU beat this year? They consistently play in a basketball conference and may have some help with Miami comming on board. At least the ACC will have a replacement in Miami when FSU is down.
As for Va Tech and the new ACC, you are way too optimistic. Va Tech has lost two straight to WVU and several loses to Syracuse over the course of the BE football history.
Va Tech is at best the forth best football team in the BE and BC is at best the fifth.
Again the only true lose the BE had during the ACC raid was Miami.
The ACC can keep dreaming if FSU and Ga Tech think they have made the ACC a new versis of the SEC.