Believe what you want to believe about mega/super conferences and the likelihood of them becoming real, but I am a realist.
Conference expansion will happen, and it will be in the very near future.
This is not a debate over which schools should join the SEC; it is a realistic approach to which schools would most likely benefit themselves and the conference by joining.
Now I like many would love to bring in the best schools in the nation to make the conference even stronger, but this is more about money than power. However, the schools that will join must at least have the ability to be competitive. There is only one Vanderbilt, after all.
So here is my list of 12 schools that might join and they are listed in order of likeliness to join and likeliness that the SEC would want them. It is not a perfect list, nor does it reflect which schools I would most want, but is a logical list.
As always, I love debate and opinion, so please feel free to agree or disagree, and leave suggestions of schools that should fit and why. Thank you.