With the recent news that the Big Ten is conducting a study to explore the possibility of expanding to 12 (or more members), the rumors have begun to fly fast and furious as fans, schools, administrators, and other conferences try to position themselves for the possible landscape shift and domino effect a Big Ten addition could create.
But what addition will that be? Which university (or universities) make the best fit for Jim Delany's league? Does your favorite school have a shot (sorry, Western Michigan fans, the answer is no...and North Dakota State supporters...yes, both of you...I regret to inform you that you have no chance).
Anyway, you've heard many of the rumored teams...so have I...but when it comes right down to the big-ticket sports (football and men's basketball) and the all-important bottom line, which schools make the most sense for the Big Fourteen or Baker's Dozen or Top 12 or whatever this conference will be called in a couple of years?
Translation: Is your favorite school an ideal choice, an acceptable choice, or a desperation choice for a conference that appears dead-set on playing a Big Ten Championship game in football sooner rather than later?
Glad you asked.