You don't really believe ND booked stadiums in Texas with the intention of playing Washington State and Arizona State. Do you? Or in New Orleans to play Baylor? Or Orlando to play Army?
The Maryland game is proof of my contention as to what ND was attempting to do. The ACC TV contract allowed it. SEC and Big 12 TV contracts do not. The fact that they got out of the New Orleans and Orlando venues is furthur proof.