It is all but certain the College Football landscape will be unrecognizable five years from now compared to today. Conference realignment is accelerating so fast it’s hard for some CFB fans to keep up. And some of the biggest names in College Football are already preparing to make huge moves in the upcoming seasons.
The SEC is only getting stronger with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma but the Big Ten isn’t going to get left behind and it created shockwaves by adding USC and UCLA. There has also been rumors of the Big Ten aggressively pursuing Notre Dame, a team with one of the most lucrative TV contracts in the nation.
Now Brett McMurphy of the Action Network has added six more schools to the list of potential candidates being considered by the Big Ten. This came after comments from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren at B1G Media Day when discussing future expansion.
List Of 7 Schools Reportedly Being Considered By Big Ten
The list includes:
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
As a Florida State grad, I have to say I’d much prefer a move to the SEC over the Big Ten. Surely there would be East/West divisions but having to travel from Tallahassee to Washington and Oregon for games would be grueling compared to a trip of a few hundred miles for most SEC road games.
Here’s what fans are saying about this list of potential B1G candidates…
FSU, Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame in the BIG10!! pic.twitter.com/2DuZP7L7Yl
— Jim Meunier (@Jdash904) July 26, 2022
Florida State's not an AAU school. So that's out.
— LAT (@letsgomtnrs) July 26, 2022
This point seems obvious. USC and UCLA will need more Big Ten teams nearby to limit travel distance. The same could be said about FSU and Miami joining. Their nearest existing Big Ten opponent would be Maryland.
It’s obvious USC & UCLA need 2-4 more conference teams out west, otherwise travel isn’t sustainable. If B1G makes another Pac-12 grab, the remnants will rush to Big 12. It feels like Pac-12 is on life support right now.
— Philip Tortora (@PhilipTortora) July 26, 2022
At this point, I’d be surprised if Florida State and Miami don’t wind up in the SEC alongside Clemson. I’m not sure about UNC though…
Maybe… but the SEC would probably opt for Clemson and North Carolina then…
— JTL🤘🏽 (@JayTLonghorn) July 26, 2022
I’ve seen these numbers cited a few times in recent days. Interestingly, they would quickly change after realignment.
It’s not the greatest measure, but the SI’s CFB most desirable list pretty much mirrors this. Except Cal.
The top 4 most desirable schools left are:
19) Florida State
22) No. Carolina (SEC?)
25) Okla State (SEC?)
— Kenn Rodriguez (@KRod_505) July 27, 2022
Quotes from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren
At Tuesday’s Big Ten Media Day, commissioner Kevin Warren had this to say about future expansion:
“When I say add value: value is important, but I just look at the fit. A fit has to be there academically, has to be there athletically. All those things are really important. There are a handful of schools that potentially could add value to us, but I’m so focused right now that we welcome USC and UCLA to our conference in 2024 with open arms.”
Each of the teams on that list would immediately add value to the Big Ten. But it remains to be seen if the B1G is the right fit for those schools or if there’s a better option out there.
It is 3,297.3 miles from Miami to Seattle. That’s a cool 48-hour drive for anyone looking to make a road trip. The flight from Miami to Seattle is over six and a half hours long. It’s only about an hour difference for Tallahassee to Seattle. FSU and Miami would be silly to put themselves in a position where regular travel of that length was required.
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