My concern with the SEC, if it further expands, is about becoming too big. At 16, it's enough for two conferences in the traditional sense. At some point, cohesion may start to show cracks. The B12 had that problem with their 'ole 12, but it was less about numbers and some, such as Nebraska, retained fondness for the old Big 8.
That said, the SEC adding Texas A&M and Mizzou was an opportunity too good to pass on, given the role of money and trends.
NCSU is interesting, but the ties to UNC would impede. It may be even good for the ACC in the long term, to have one less school in NC.
Agree, VPI looks largely one-dimensional. Wonder if after Beamer ball, Bud Foster, and any remants of the Vick bros. & their high school/area lineage to Newport Beach & Norfolk diminishes, shall VPI fb standout less in the ACC?
Am an unwavering dog lover, and detest foot stomping an opponent on the ground, so.....
Funny, because I've always thought 16 was ideal for anything over 10. My rationale was that at 16, you DO operate as (2) conferences under the same umbrella. So it's more like having the AFC and NFC in the same conference, but instead, we call this the SEC, instead of NFL.
At 16, it means 7 division games, so you play the same schools every year. For the 8th conference game, you play 1 school from the other division, with a rotation each year. So yeah, if you're Missouri and you play Florida at home 1 year...you don't play them again until 7 years later, when you play them at Florida. And guess what...maybe you play them in the championship game some year too.
The key is in letting go to the idea that everyone must be involved with each other. The NFC west teams worry little about the AFC east ones since they are in different divisions and not even in the same region. For the SEC, or others at 16, it's the same. Florida and Arkansas dont' need to play each other often. Texas A&M and South Carolina don't need an anual game. If they play at some point prior to their once every 7 year matchup, great, since it would be for the title.
16 is a chance to consolidate, to build rivalries with your 7 division opponents. At 12, it's all over the place in scheduling. Even worse, when you have more that 1 game a year cross-division, it ruins the quality of the division title...since it's false...too many variables such as playing 2-3 other schools that your other division mates didn't play.