I agree with you.
Originally Posted by Golden_Latias
The Big Ten should have stayed at 12 for football (but swap the Michigan schools with Wisconsin and Illinois to create East and West Divisions as I do not like the idea of UM and OSU being in separate divisions, and it's a well-known fact that Bo and Woody wouldn't have liked it either), and focus on shoring up its basketball status by adding two well-known Indiana schools as non-football members:
*Butler University in Indianapolis from the Atlantic 10 Conference (which they just joined from the Horizon League) and
*the University of Notre Dame in South Bend from the Big East Conference (instead of letting them go to the ACC and the associated increase in travel costs for conference games).
Butler and ND would stay where they are for football now: Butler has a non-scholarship program in the Pioneer Football League, and Notre Dame is an FBS independent which schedules many top FBS programs each year. ND would of course start playing five games against Big Ten teams each year (the same deal they would have in the ACC): annual rivalries with Michigan, MSU and Purdue, and maybe Indiana if Navy drops their series with ND because of scheduling issues that will come with Navy joining the Big East in a couple years, and between 1-2 rotating games against the other Big Ten football teams.
MD is fine where they are now and I think Rutgers would have been a better fit in the ACC because they could have renewed some of their former Big East rivalries.
Prior to today this is what I had the ACC look like for football by 2020:
North Carolina State
Now I have replaced Maryland and Rutgers with Temple and Villanova. The latter would have to bring its football team from FCS (where they play as an associate member of the Colonial Athletic Association) to FBS though.
Last edited by Pikachu Fan Number Nine; 19th November 2012 at 10:37 PM.
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