FYI of the many Texas pay sites I have access to...
247 Hook'em is saying UT/B12 are "partnering" with the ACC of a new Bowl game for the Big 12's #3 (since Cotton Bowl will be in BCS) ACC's #2 (since Peach/Chickfila will be in BCS and playing the new Big East in the Russell Athletics Bowl isn't going to be a good match up) and a long term scheduling agreement for some of the lesser teams (i.e. not UT/OU/FSU) and have the ACC voting with them on allowing a CCG for conferences w/ less than 10 teams.
Inside Texas says nothing is going on at all...
Good Ole Rivals/Orange Bloods and "My Guy" Chip Brown (per FSA) are saying that Miami and Clemson are done deals...and FSU/NCSU/VPI and any remaining AAU schools are up next after B1G/SEC raids if still available (so everyone but Lville, Syracuse, BC, and Wake) and they still have dreams of adding ND...
So assuming UNC/UVA to B1G, and VPI/NCSU to SEC
Southeast- Miami, FSU, GT, Clemson
East - Duke, WVU, Pitt, ISU
Southwest- Texas, Tech, TCU, Baylor
North - OU, OSU, KSU, ISU
Quite a range of rumors here...take them with grain of salt and what not.
If the Big 12 decides only to expand with two teams it would probably be difficult to get schools in the ACC to jump, however, being bold and taking a block of 6 schools would have to make some ACC school take notice of consideration.
Why not go big time and change the name of the Big 12 to Big 16 to go along with the new plans of changing the logo as well. All in one big play.
Forget about the SEC and Big Ten plans of taking UVa/UNC and NCST/Va Tech, the Big 12 should go on offence and offer the best combination of 6 schools available in the ACC.
I would take Pitt, Va Tech, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State.
This would create a geographical connection from Pennsylvania to Florida for the eastern schools.
The conference could then split into two eight team divisions until the four POD system could be approved by the NCAA to allow semi final and conference championship games.
East: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, NC State or Louisville, Va Tech, WVU, Pitt, Iowa State
West: Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
If NC State could not move due to state politics, then Louisville would be a great replacement and provide a better geogrphacial bridge to Iowa State.
Each of these 6 new members would have to sigh GOR for the next 13 years which would provide security and prevent any of these schools from jumping into the SEC and/or Big Ten.
With the exception of Iowa State, most schools in the east would play each other for seven games and keep most of those rivalries in place which at the same time keeping most of the western schools rivalries in place.