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MWC: Add Utah State. Add Gonzaga for all sports other than football.
Conference USA: Add South Florida and Louisiana Tech
Big East (non football): Add Xavier and Dayton
MVC: Add Butler and St. Louis
The Mountain West invites Utah State to replace Boise State and to gain a team in Utah again. This time, Utah State accepts (as opposed to last time).
This doesn't relate to football but to basketball and other sports. Next year, Hawaii becomes a football only school. Why not take Gonzaga to essentially take Hawaii's place for other sports? If not, the MWC is just a nine school conference outside of football.
Last year, BYU and San Diego State had terrific seasons in basketball. BYU and Utah both leave the MWC this year. Inviting Gonzaga instantly strengthens the MWC as one of the teams at the top of the mid majors chain (in addition to adding Utah State).
It also gives the MWC a team in the Pacific Northwest. The best part is Gonzaga doesn't cost the conference any football money but would bring in a lot of money from basketball.
South Florida is the big loser in this realignment proposal.
Geography won them a spot in the Big East after Miami and Boston College left the Big East. But now geography could cost them a spot in the ACC. They have really no other option than to join Central Florida here.
In addition, Louisiana Tech finally gets away from the WAC.
As for the WAC, only San Jose State, Idaho, and New Mexico State remain from last year's WAC before Boise State left. Maybe they will drop football and stay together for other sports, making San Jose State, Idaho, and New Mexico State independents in FBS football.
The MWC could grab two of the three to get a conference championship game but decided against doing so when Utah State (as well as Houston and UTEP) were available. If they do decide to go to 12, who do you leave out? San Jose State would help the MWC gain a footing in the Bay Area.
Perhaps Conference USA could take New Mexico State (pretty close to UTEP) and Appalachian State (rumored to be interested in moving up to FBS) to make it 14.
The Big East pretty much goes back to its roots of being a non football league. Villanova and Georgetown would be the headliners of the league and they should be able to bring Xavier and Dayton into the fold for a nine team league. If they wish to go beyond Catholic schools, Massachusetts might be a good tenth team.
They won't have 11 bids a year (pretty hard to with only nine schools).
They also lose valuable teams in Syracuse and UConn, but they still have good teams and I think they would be closer to the sixth "major" (if they aren't still better than the Big 12 and Pacific 12) than a mid major.
With just nine schools, they can play double round robin without traveling all over the country.
Another conference which I would like to see expand is the Missouri Valley Conference. The MVC has fallen on hard times lately in basketball (no at large bids since 2007) and Butler improves the conference. St. Louis is added for geographical reasons.
The Atlantic 10 will lose Temple, Xavier, Dayton, and St. Louis. They could go back to a 10 team league (another conference which would be numerically correct again!) They could raid the Colonial Athletic Association for teams. Or with VCU making the Final Four, maybe the Colonial raids the A-10.