Yeah, when you look how the PAC now extends into Utah and Colorado, and the B1G goes west to Nebraska, this is a 24 team agglomeration that is coast-to-coast.
PA to CA.
This points to even more stratification in terms of revenue between the 5 big conferences and the rest of D-1.
I'm not so sure the PAC and B1G won't ever expand, but it would help if they do it in lock-step with one another.
With USC now having a 9-game conf. schedule and 1 B1G cross-over, they have 10 games "pre-scheduled."
Does this instantly put pressure on Notre Dame to start thinking abouut getting in on hte action ?
They have improved their football product this year, but I sure think in football, they are on the fast track to irrelevace if they don't hook up with the big boys.
Conference movement has paused, but you still see the Big XII and Big East members clamoring to go elsewhere.
If we go to 4 x 16, the B1G and PAC have 4 slots each, and the ACC and SEC currently have 2.
Iowa State (?)
The better expansion candidates are in the east and midwest. Easy pickin's for ACC and B1G.
If the SEC isn't interested in poaching the ACC or Louisville or WVU, they must go after Big XII teams.
There are some juicy ones, so maybe that is the plan.
Then we come to the PAC. Either they expand into the midwest (big XII) , or settle for BYU, Boise, USAFA, Hawaii, or Nevada schools.
That seems problematic. I think a majority of the PAC Presidents want to keep the PAC epicenter on the West Coast.
One can argue that with this move, it's like both conferences found a way to reap the benefits each wanted when even considering Texas and friends (more P12 than Big Ten) without needing Texas. Which is better for the Big Ten: adding Texas and a subpar academic schools, or adding a partnerhsip with USC, Oregon, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Arizona, etc?
But I hear ya on the expansion front. As I see it, only moves that would make sense would be, say, Texas and Oklahoma to Pac-14 and Notre Dame and a northeast school, say even BC, to the Big 12. Don't see it happening, but that 18 school lineup would surpass the SEC, ACC, Big 12, etc in everything that matters (sans CFB titles