Lash, I'm changing my mind. Here's the four the SEC should invite (and could get):
1. Virginia Tech--no surprise.
2. North Carolina State--Perfect fit for the SEC. Best football on Tobacco Road, and not as traditional as Duke & UNC. NCSU might accept an invite.
3. Clemson--Their biggest rival, South Carolina, is in the SEC, and they're a big football school. Something tells me they'd love to be in the SEC.
4. Either Central Florida or South Florida. Both these schools have hot futures, great recruiting areas, big, nice stadiums, and big markets. If the SEC passes these two up while expanding to 16, the ACC will get them when they copy the SEC 10 years from now.
So here's what the divisions might look like:
W1: Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State
W2: Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
E1: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, UCF/USF
E2: Clemson, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech
So what happens to the ACC? Well, they get a little more of what they asked for. They're down to 10, but look who's available--West Virginia & Pittsburgh. They could add them and close that geographical gap between Maryland and New York.
VT= no surprises here. Perfect SEC fit.
Clemson= depends if they want to come on board or not. In addition to UNC & Duke having second thoughts about expansion, some Clemson legislators are kinda of wary of it as well. If Clemson wants in, sure why not?
NC State- again, depends if they want to be in.
Central Florida= I agree with you LSUtootnanny, that UCF (as well as USF) has a very bright future. I like UCF over USF because of the fact that they don't have other pro sports to compete against. UCF could develop a VT-like fan base in a few years. Academics are very similar to Georgia Tech, so I'm not worried in the least about that. ;D