Yes, and I would keep quiet about it. A team that would allow for an enhanced TV deal. My choice would be Missouri or Syracuse. As far as a Conference championship in football, I'd add that in a heartbeat and hold it at Michigan Stadium.
Notre Dame certainly tops the list still for Big Ten candidates. But after Notre Dame I had always put Missouri at the top of the list. That was pre-2003, with the Big East to ACC defections. The Big East reacted to those losses by adding schools like DePaul, Marquette, Cincy, and to an extent, Louisville...all school within the Big Ten footprint.
Looking at the Big Ten now and their options...I would have to say the Syracuse is looking like a fine option. If Rutgers were, well, better for a long period of time, they could be on the list. But if over the next few years Syracuse football returns to a higher level and basketball remains solid, Syracuse might just be a legit candidate.
Good discussion, D&D, Gopher, Quinn, etc.
Of course Missouri has the location and profile to fit in the Big 10. The question is: Would Missouri really want to leave the Big 12 for the Big 10? The speculation on Missouri being a viable Big 10 candidate if the Big 10 decided to expands, implies that the Big 10 is a superior conference. Agree, most may assume that, based on revenues, the mass of quality academic schools, longevity of existence, etc.
Would Missouri want to end or diminish its conference rivalry with Kansas (or with Nebraska, Oklahoma, etc. as well)? Would Missouri diminish their chances of bowls by leaving the Big 12-north? One question that would need to be asked by Missouri, if they pondered a Big 10 offer, is what kind of divisions would the Big 10 pursue?
On a related note, a lot of people want to see Arkansas in the Big 12. It makes sense to me. But the fundamental question, if circumstances changed in the Big 12, would Arkansas want to leave the SEC? We can dream-place schools in conferences that appear to make more sense, but individual institutions, alumni, etc. can be very traditional and stubborn about those sorts of things unless significant gains are promised and absolutely obvious.
SportsKC, I believe you said you are a Missouri graduate? What is view on this in and around Columbia, Mo.? Is Missouri happy where they are? Enough to turn down a Big 10 offer?