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  • I'm ok with this. Having Rutgers and Maryland adds huge markets. And a good Rutgers team would be a very cool addition to the Big Ten, if they improve.

    Clearly this is more about revenue than anything else. Hope the programs can improve and be quality members.

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    • I wonder what this does for the divisions. Probably just add Rutgers and Maryland to the East and put Illinois in the west.


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      • That makes the most sense. It's basically just a debate who to move to the West, and Illinois is the obvious choice.

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        • Sounds like Maryland is definitely in and Rutgers is a frontrunner to be #14 but that's not definite.
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          • I think Rutgers would definitely get it. Unless Notre Dame suddenly wants to.

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            • I'd definitely be on board with adding Maryland and Rutgers. While I know a lot of people out west don't look at them as attractive options, it would be really nice if Penn State had a team in the league that isn't a 6+ hour drive from the eastern side of the state. Academically, both are definitely good fits as well.

              The only concern I'd have is that I don't think conferences should go much higher than 14. If all the major conferences got to 14, I think we'd be pretty set for a legit playoff system, taking the conference champions plus the next 2 or 3 in the rankings (depending on whether you keep the Big East as a BCS conference). If the ACC did take UCONN to replace Maryland, and they eventually go to some playoff system that factors in conference champions, it would be interesting to see what would happen with Notre Dame, particularly if they did cap the leagues at 14.

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              • Sounds like we're in!!!
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                • The money sounds good. The potential looks awesome. But this doesn't so anything to help the Big Ten now. Just looking at what it could do, we'll now likely see Ohio State play Maryland and Rutgers every year while matchups with Nebraska, Michigan State, and the othe division will get rarer.

                  Best solution is a 9 game conference set. As long as teams drop one of their garbage games instead of a big ooc game it'll all work out. Well continue playing the division, Michigan, and the other division two teams at a time on a rotating basis.

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                  • I live 10 minutes away from Rutgers so everyone is welcome here when your team comes in!
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                    • I think I decided I like these. We won't be done at 14 teams forever. If I got my way I'd get Notre Dame and UNC. But that's another discussion.

                      I hope Rutgers gets good. Like really good. Big games at Rutgers sound awesome.

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                      • If the Big Ten moves forward with expansion and the precedent is set on how much it will cost to poach an ACC school then the SEC will likely expand to 16 as well with two ACC schools. I've thought for a long time that 16 teams is the eventual goal for Mike Slive and if he can get two of following from Virginia Tech, UNC, Duke, N.C. State, or Florida State then he would in a heartbeat.

                        If the SEC expands so does the Big 12 and Big Ten to 16 (likely). I'm sure that the Big Ten wouldn't mind adding Boston College (Boston tv market) and Virginia. Both also fit the academic profile of the conference.

                        Big 12 will have their choice out of Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, BYU, Cincinnati, and Florida State, if the SEC chooses not to invite them.

                        There's a lot of dominoes left to fall and Rutgers and Maryland departing, if and when that comes about, will just start the domino effect.

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                        • Definitely wouldn't be excited about the Big Ten finishing their 16 team conference with Boston College and Virginia. Then we're the conference that makes a ton of money but has a weaker field from top to bottom.

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                          • I don't like Rutgers and Maryland adds at all. They don't bring anything to the conference, except money of course. But the Big Ten making more money doesn't do anything for me, where as adding some good football or basketball programs would.

                            The Nebraska move I liked a lot.

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