So far, I have half a potential conference... at least by my reckoning.
Alaska-Anchorage (moving on up)
Denver (escaping the Sun Belt)
Portland State (assuming they drop football)
Southern Utah (football stays in Great West)
Utah Valley State (becomes a very happy bunch)
Must find three more. Even better to find five. I'm assuming this bunch doesn't squeeze anyone out of the current Big West or West Coast.
There is one thought:
We've assumed that Cal-State Bakersfield will end up in the Big West. What if San Jose State drops football first?
Does the BW go to 11? Does UC Irvine subsequently die in a bizarre gardening accident? :D
Does the BW land SJSU as 10 and advises CSB to make their own luck?
Is there a 12 for the BW?
Well, even with Bakersfield, I'd need two more, and want four more.
One more thought in passing... if UAA goes up, will Fairbanks follow?
EDIT- Guess I'll have as many thoughts as I can muster. In this case, I'm probably full of it. However, I find the tone of this article on the Western Washington football website to be kind of odd, especially for how long it goes on about the departure of North Dakota from the NCC.
I swear I see a wink and a hint in there.
Of course, it's highly likely I'm full of it.