Florida State's departure from the ACC could send a number of ACC teams looking for new leagues. Sitting as they do on prime east coast TV real estate, most of the Seminoles' current conference mates would certainly attract attention.
Among the options current ACC schools could explore are these:
Syracuse – ~B12 / ~B1G
Pittsburgh – B12 / B1G
Maryland – B12 / ~SEC / ~B1G
Virginia – B12 / SEC / B1G
Virginia Tech – B12 / SEC
North Carolina – B12 / SEC / B1G
NC State – ~ B12 / SEC
Clemson – B12 / ~SEC
Georgia Tech – B12 / ~SEC / ~B1G
Miami – ~B12
The financial results could be interesting. Any teams Florida State takes with it to the Big 12, such as Clemson or Georgia Tech, would improve their lot as the Seminoles do. But as many as 6 current ACC programs could end up richer.
The reason? The B1G and SEC pay out more in TV revenues than the Big 12. If suddenly a race is on to grab up ACC teams, expect the SEC to add two. The B1G could take as many as four.
If Florida State begins the game of musical chairs, who will be smiling most at the end ? Will it be Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia or North Carolina in the B1G? Or Virginia Tech and NC State in the SEC?
How interesting it would be if the winner of the realignment race turned out to be the Turtle.