I believe the ACC is going to 16 with or without Notre Dame. They will wait for the details oof the playoff, get Pitt and Syracuse playing, then wait to see wait Notre dame does with it TV contract. Then they will expand with 2 of the 3, Notre Dame, Rutgers and UConn. Obvious Notre Dame is the first choice. Time frame is 2016 to 2020.
I have no doubts that they're either going to 16, whether to stay at 16 or to prepare for 14 (or 12 again, who knows). UConn is the obvious one. ND would make their lives easier, but I believe they'll probably take Cincy, Rutgers, or WVU should ND not come through.
I'm a B1G fan, and this go-around might be the closest the B1G has gotten to ND. Even perhaps further than the 1999 near-miss. Personally? The B1G can do better, and will, were they to select a program that truly desires being in the B1G, shares the same institutional goals as the B1G, and isn't going to feel "regionalized" (or whatever stupid ND fans and alums feel about the conference) by playing such programs. To me, this is what schools like Pitt, Rutgers, SUNY Buffalo, Kansas, Iowa State, and Missouri want. Let them in. Or, if UMD, UVA, or GT are truly players...let them in. It's clear to many within ND that they don't feel the B1G doesn't do it for them athletically or institutionally. I for one believe they may be right...and the ACC is probably more up their alley, even if, schedule-wise, ND can play just about everyone it currently does now that the B1G and PAC have worked out a deal to schedule each other. The question is, will those darn divas just drop the elitism and commit...anywhere?
That leaves the B12 with filling in spots 11 and 12. BYU, AFA, Louisville...a more "out there" choice, I think, is USF?