Why Florida State Should Accept if the SEC Comes Calling

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IMay 11, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback E.J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles calls out a play in the huddle against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida State defeated West Virginia 33-21 in Bobby Bowden's last game as a head coach for the Seminoles.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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For the past few months, there has been talks of expansion in the Big Ten. This move would be pivotal when we consider what would happen afterward.

Recently on College Football Live this discussion revealed some evidence that if this expansion does indeed happen, the SEC will look to follow suit in order to maintain its dominance.

The top two candidates to join the SEC would be Florida State and Miami, which makes sense geographically, but also because traditionally they are both powerhouses. While both programs have been experiencing some recent down years, a move to the SEC could be exactly what each school needs.

In the case of Florida State, there are a number of reasons why the Seminoles should join the SEC if, in fact, the SEC comes calling.

For starters, they have been the face of the ACC for 20 years now, but the face of the program is gone now. Bobby Bowden has retired, and Jimbo Fisher is now left to carry on his legacy. So why not move to the premier conference?

Secondly, the SEC brings in the top-notch recruits year in and year out. High school athletes want to play against the top competition every week, and they would certainly find that if they play in the SEC.

The SEC boasts the past three national champion winners and has dominated this decade in the BCS standings. It has the top two coaches in all of college football in Nick Saban and Urban Meyer as well as having Les Miles and Steve Spurrier, who have both won national championships.

If Florida State joined the SEC, the recruits would come pouring in. FSU already maintains being in the top 25 in recruiting classes every year, but the classes would only get better with a new conference identity.

Finally, the move makes sense because Florida State plays Miami and Florida every single year, so why not make those both conference games? The rivalries with Miami and Florida would get better knowing that there is more on the line. On top of that, with two top-notch programs joining, the SEC would still be the premier power conference.