A 16 game schedule might open it up even further.
On the plus side the expansion would probably eliminate games against teams like Western Carolina, and Alabama A&M.
Forcing everyone into a little tougher schedule.
You will suffer through one of two things in life, either the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment - Nick Saban
Remember, we heard some Maryland to SEC talk. It's purely a financial move, and if you consider the impact Texas A&M is having, you have to think there is some logic to adding teams for their market and not their prowess in football (although A&M seems to have both). Maryland clearly was thinking about leaving, and the Big 10 sees a way to move on from Notre Dame, without messing up the Big 10 powers that be. They might have also had a scare when Penn St. nearly has the death penalty, which would have resulted in a loss of their championship game. Maryland and Rutgers means more money, and less headache. However, if they had it to do over again I'm guessing they might have taken a harder look at Missouri.
I said before I do not believe the SEC should or will expand until the new contracts are inked. There's no incentive to do that, so even if the Big 10 makes this move, and there is a shift in power (the Big 12 is going to be keeping an eye on things, they don't want 12 teams, but they have to appreciate their vulnerability). The SEC has a couple of cautionary tales from the latest round of expansion. One is the scheduling difficulties, which will only increase with an addition. The other is Texas A&M. A&M was a fantastic addition, but it was almost too good. A&M could become a beast in the West and that's especially bad for programs like Ole Miss, Auburn, and Arkansas, which generally need some breaks anyway. The Missouri addition showed the path the Big 10 is choosing, which is that they only solidified the teams at the top rather than unseating them. Georgia and Florida got another easy game on the schedule.
So, I think the SEC should be very deliberate with their next move since it is likely their last. I've advocated for Virginia and North Carolina, largely because they (like the proposed Big 10 additions) would only help and not hurt. You move Vandy over to the West, and you haven't messed with things too much. But, that's 100 million in exit fees along with other things. It will take a lot for that to even be a possibility, so until then the SEC should get their new TV deal, and wait patiently.
Last edited by Ldlane; November 18th, 2012 at 09:41 AM.
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FSU to the Big-XII is the supposed direction they would like to head...which makes more sense to me than adding them to the SEC at 16-teams. Keeping Texas out of the state of Florida seems like something to consider but Texas simply doesn't recruit out of their state very much. They sign the best in Texas and selectively recruit guys nationally (like a Dre Kirkpatrick, etc).