The SEC is officially in expansion mode.
They have absorbed Texas A&M and Missouri, both coming out of the Big 12. The Aggies fall into the SEC West at team No. 7, while Mizzou—although somewhat out of place—has been placed into the SEC East as their seventh squad.
It's clear that Missouri is easily the most western team in the SEC East, falling way outside the bounds of the other SEC East universities. The conference must be looking at options to add two more east coast-type teams so that Mizzou could move into its more geographically-fitting position in the SEC West.
Virginia Tech is the clear first choice for expansion into the east coast. Their football focus, as well as their position near a major TV market makes the Hokies an ideal option for the SEC.
The Southeastern Conference grabbed two new fresh TV markets that they, until recently, hadn't been able to move into. The Aggies bring the Texas market into the mix, allowing SEC network games onto screens in two of the nation's Top 10 largest media bases in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.
With the addition of Missouri, the SEC acquired TV rights in St. Louis and Kansas City—two strong Midwest cities that can draw in a lot of revenue. However, the SEC's purview is still held up at the Virginia border.
The Virginia and Washington D.C. markets are huge, and while the ACC has a nice stranglehold over them, the addition of a team like Virginia Tech would open up those media bases to the SEC. Look for rapid and aggressive talks to ensue between V-Tech and the Southeastern conference to start up soon.
Here are five reasons the Hokies should not only listen to the SEC, but should follow A&M and Mizzou into the best football conference in the country.