In a conversation with Metro, he stated that the realignments suggested on the Dream thread would never happen. That is true. This thread, which is just for fun, is to explore LOGICAL ways a major realignment could occur. Think of it as the Science Fiction thread on realignment. Note, SF tries to talk about what could theoretically happen, although sometimes the writers go beyond that. ;)
To illustrate, I will go first.
I assume that the BE commissioner would try to get extra TV $ for the conference and talk to NBC about using BE FB games as well as ND games. ND would try to stop it by leaking news of the talks. This would sour relations with the BE and ND would go independent. The MWC would try to get in on the act, and try to split broadcast on an East/West basis. With the TV deal unsure, and the BCS looking shaky, the 6 best FB teams of the BE join with BSU and the 5 best from the MWC to start an new conference called the All American Conference(AAC). NBC would have already agreed to telecast this conferences games, and ND would find itself without a TV deal, or a guarantee bowl tie in. After a year or 2 of this, ND would ask to join the Big 10(11), making them the Big 10(12).
This realignment is very unlikely to happen. However, it could happen in theory. This could be called the TS2 nightmare scenario.
Other potential theories could start with one or more of the noncompetitive schools dropping down to D1AA or dropping FB altogether. Their conference would raid someone else and start a chain reaction like the ACC raid on the BE did.
Ok, here are my "Logical" conference moves and tv network ,m and BCS moves:
1. NBC finally sees the sheer stupidity of only televising ONE BCS program, and starts talking to the Big Ten, and manages to entice them to go to 12, like everyone else. (around 2010)
1A. The Big Ten invites Missouri to join, and becomes "the Twelve."
2. The BCS finally closes ND's loophole and makes joining a conference a prerequisite to being in a BCS bowl, much to the bowls' consternation (also, the bowls will have complete control of the BCS, and instead the BCS will dictate terms to the bowls, not the other away around. (not known).
3. Kevin White (ND's athletic director), ND's president, and ND's board of trustees, join forces and force ND's alumni body to see the light: NO MORE INDEPENDENCE.
4. The Big East splits, and the new Eastern Conference takes East Carolina for its ninth member. Later, they take Notre Dame as their tenth member.
5. Conference USA makes a startling pick for their new 12th member: Western Kentucky. The Toppers show why they are worthy of being selected by having extremely good seasons and fan support. Also, Rice decides it needs to move down a level in football, but doesn't want to leave for all-sports. C-USA and Rice strike a deal, and Louisiana Tech comes on board as a 13th member, in all sports, competing in Rice's place in football.
6. Seeing Rice being able to strike an all-sports but football deal with C-USA, Kent State does the same with the MAC. This allows the MAC to pursue another member in all-sports which turns out to be UMass. Temple joins the MAC in all-sports.
7. Army joins the CAA for football only.