So if this is all going down - the ACC is currently at 14 + Notre Dame
Let's assume B1G, Big XII and SEC all go to 16 at the expense of the ACC
B1G adds 2 more
Big XII has room for 6
SEC adds 2
That would leave 5 in the ACC - whom ?
I don't see Wake on anyone's invitation list....
Once the dominoes start falling, I wonder if Notre Dame throws themselves (football included) into the arms of the Big Ten ?
If Notre Dame does not, how's this scenario ?
Big XII opens by grabbing 2 southern schools out of Miami, FSU, Clemson, GT to get to 12 (and put them in with the 4 Texas schools).
SEC is at the door, ACC is threatened.
Big Ten gets the 2 they want, namely UVa, and UNC (Delany's alma mater).
SEC invites NC State and Virginia Tech.
Big XII adds Pitt and Louisville to go into North and end WVU's isolation, and then adds the remaining two of Miami, FSU, Clemson, and GT.
ACC left with BC, Syracuse, Wake, Duke, Notre Dame.
They could talk merger with Big East, but they own the Orange Bowl, so they can steal teams.
They go after: UConn, Temple, Cincy, USF, UCF, Houston, SMU
Leaving Tulane, ECU to limp back to CUSA.
Anybody buying that ?
I will buy this and believe the Big 12 will look out for WVU which sacrificed a lot to keep the Big 12 TV contract in tack and making the signing of GORs possible by taking on the Big East with a law suit. Louisville and especially Pitt would be a major benefit for WVU. Likewise Louisville bridges the gap with Iowa State that would most likely need to be included with a pod of WVU, Pitt, Louisville, and Iowa State.
Pod 1: WVU, Pitt, Louisville, Iowa State
Pod 2: Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
Pod 3: Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU
Pod 4: Florida State, Miami Fl, Clemson, Georgia Tech
So yes I buy this theory because It would work and leave two schools each from North Carolina and Virginia for the SEC and Big Ten to expand to 16 with four team pods.
The Pac 12 has always wanted an eastern exposure and could take Notre Dame, Syracuse, UConn, and Boston College to bring that league to 16 with four pods each.
Duke and Wake could join the C7 schools leaving the Big East.