Perhaps the Mayans were correct after all. We were just misguided. It wasn’t the world coming to an end in 2012, just our beloved Big East Conference.
Everyone has their theories on how things will shake out, here’s ours:
Big East – The conference will end. The basketball only schools of Gtown, Seton Hall, Marquette , Villanova, Providence, St. John’s, DePaul and even Notre Dame will remain intact but will leave the Big East to form their own new league. They actually do still have a pretty good basketball conference and one that could compete with just about everyone but the ACC. And they may add a few more. St. Joseph’s, Xavier, VCU, George Mason and UMass would all be perfect candidates. Believe it or not, that’s still a 4 or 5 bid conference for the NCAAs. The other football schools like Cincinnati and USF will not want to join a non-football conference and go elsewhere.
ACC- UConn and Rutgers join in as well forming an above average football conference and a basketball superpower. Dick Vitale spontaneously combusts when he realizes Duke and UNC don’t own the conference any more.
SEC- The conference that holds the most weight here is the Southeastern Confrence. Texas A&M is added, and the SEC becomes determined to find a 14th team. They select West Virginia and stay put at 14 teams for now, citing the fact that it keeps their football schedules managable. If there was anyone else the SEC would take, it would be Florida State and Clemson, and then the ACC would probably stick with 14.
Big Ten- The conference that is likely second in charge here after the SEC is the Big Ten. Why it’s held in such regard is a mystery to many. Some people think Notre Dame will go to the Big Ten. Those people are wrong. The Big Ten has 12 and says it’s happy. But then they’ll see Kansas out there and realize improvements could be made. The Big Ten will pick up Kansas and Missouri first to get to 14 and then they’ll pick up Louisville to get to 15. They’ll still need one more team, and Iowa State is the likely choice geographically. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go after Baylor instead of Iowa State though. The state of Texas has always fascinated Big Ten people.
Pac 16- As expected, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State join the Pacific 16 league. This seems to be the most stable league right now with the least ammount of question marks.
The Island of Misfit Toys- It won’t happen, but if the left out universites were smart, they’d form a true Conference USA. TCU, Baylor, USF, Cincinnati, UCF, East Carolina, Boise State, BYU, SMU, Temple, San Diego State, Colorado State, Air Force, Nevada, Florida International and Fresno State get together and form a 16 team league that will be a true national conference that would likely convince many to talk about giving this league a BCS AQ. Look at the names on this list of 16 teams and try and tell me that the Big Ten would put a better product on the field than this conference. It wouldn’t. Yet, this league won’t happen, but for everyone who didn’t get a ticket to the dance, this would be their best option.