Brian Bennett from ESPN, and who is the blog reporter on the Big East, reported today that Villanova is considering a proposal which would make them the 9th member of the Big East conference. This would be a good move for Villanova on many levels, but how does this affect FSU?
Really, I don't think it does, but I think it will affect the ACC in the long run. With the Big East needing to expand in order to keep up with a new college football landscape nearly dominated by FBS conference championship games, the idea of adding 4 schools for a Big East Championship game is crucial to the conference's survival. I already predicted that either Villanova or Georgetown would make a move to join, but what about the next 3?
Here's my prediction. I think with the way the economy is going and how it affects travel costs for their school, I could see Boston College re-joining the Big East. Assuming Villanova joins, that would be two schools.
Now, If Boston College left, I really think the ACC would go after a Southern school that matches Boston College in academic prestige first, then as a athletic contender. Therefore, I could see Vanderbilt coming to the ACC.
Big East still needs a traditional powerhouse in its conference for football. If the Big East can structure and offer a revenue sharing deal very similar to the one Texas is going to get in the new Big XII, it could be enough to coax Penn State into joining the Big East. The revenue sharing scheme, coupled with being the geographical odd-man out in the Big Ten, could be what they need to get Penn State to head to the Big East (i.e. something Joe Paterno wanted awhile ago). Big Ten could then recoup by either getting Notre Dame or Missouri. Thats 3.
The fourth could be UCF because of the Orlando television market. With their student enrollment, large market, and the chance of reviving the War on I-4 rivalry on a national level, they seem to make some sense. But I am always "iffy" on whether UCF is really a better choice than some other program. With that, I would probably pick Georgetown since it already so entwined into the Big East in all other sports, and because of the DC market.
Anywho, just my thoughts on this. Feel free to comment.