NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Texas, Notre Dame in Big Ten by 2014
September 9, 2011, 04:37 PM
(Courtesy of the Bleacher report)


The move of Texas A&M to the SEC may be on hold for the moment, but don't expect the Big Ten to be caught empty handed as the dominoes fall.

The latest bit of speculation involves the inclusion of Texas and Notre Dame into the Big Ten.

Appearing on a Rivals.com message board, both schools jointly presented a proposal to the Big Ten on Wednesday night:

http://northwestern.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=57&tid =162506546&mid=162506546&sid=901&style=2

There were only a few items tossed on the table by the two college football powers: The Big Ten would drop its idea of a nine-game conference schedule and allow for midseason non-conference games, the revenue stream created by the newly-formed Longhorn Television Network would need to be reworked and NBC's contract with Notre Dame would need to be examined.

The two teams would most likely join in 2014.

Texas and Notre Dame would be great additions to the conference.

Texas not only offers its great tradition, its success on the field and its large television market, but it also brings a fertile recruiting area to the remainder of the Big Ten.

Notre Dame, of course, has always been a perfect fit for the Big Ten. The Fighting Irish bring a national television market, a great tradition and excellent football history.

With the move, the Big Ten would feature the four winningest college football programs: Michigan (885 victories), Texas (851), Notre Dame (843) and Nebraska (838).

The admission of Texas and Notre Dame would give the Big Ten 14 members, just two shy of the 16 expected to make up one of the four super conferences.

Now, which are the other two dominoes to fall?
September 9, 2011  05:24 PM ET

Texas and ND in the Big Ten would be a dream come true. As to the remaing two spots everyone seems to assume are coming, I'd like to see Missouri, a great academic institution and one that brings Texas a bit closer to the conference geographically, and, maybe Kansas, maybe Oklahoma, maybe a team from the east. I'd vote for Missouri and Kansas. Don't you think Nebraska would be wondering what happened if Texas were back in their conference?

September 9, 2011  05:45 PM ET

You could be right, In the next 10 years I look for one big conf..sort of semipro....sponsored by big companies with paid players...is jsut getting too expensive for just tv money..just guessing here..

September 9, 2011  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Texas and ND in the Big Ten would be a dream come true. As to the remaing two spots everyone seems to assume are coming, I'd like to see Missouri, a great academic institution and one that brings Texas a bit closer to the conference geographically, and, maybe Kansas, maybe Oklahoma, maybe a team from the east. I'd vote for Missouri and Kansas. Don't you think Nebraska would be wondering what happened if Texas were back in their conference?

It would rival anything the SEC could deliver I would think.

September 9, 2011  05:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

You could be right, In the next 10 years I look for one big conf..sort of semipro....sponsored by big companies with paid players...is jsut getting too expensive for just tv money..just guessing here..

Now your just getting ugly....lol. I sort of agree, these conf are just exploiting the players/students anyway.

September 9, 2011  06:42 PM ET
QUOTE:

With the move, the Big Ten would feature the four winningest college football programs: Michigan (885 victories), Texas (851), Notre Dame (843) and Nebraska (838).

Actually....counting more recent records and using percent winning ( I picked 1970 to current) you would have three of the top five....Neb, tOSU and TSUN....the other two are OU and Boise.

Using just wins is not an accurate barometer as some teams played many more games (1200+) while others played less (1100-1150)...and who cares about what happened in 1928?

But still very respectful

And when you pare it down to even more recent (1990-present)...only tOSU and COC remain...OU is replaced by Florida and Boyzee is still there....and cut that to 2000-2010 and it's BSU, OU, TU and tOSU....

see how it fluctuates?

NCAA STATS

September 9, 2011  06:57 PM ET

".....and who cares about what happened in 1928?"

Who cares about 1970.

Who cares? Ditto. Comes down to money, and the most prestige..

September 9, 2011  07:03 PM ET

This is crazy but I love it. Add Mizzou and Kansas and it puts STL smack dab in the middle of Big Ten country. That would be awesome - for me.

September 9, 2011  08:58 PM ET

Wow. TX in the Big Ten .. with no regional rival. OK Whatever.

But then again ... F THE SEC ... I LOVE IT! You can have Texas A&M and any other orphan you can find... YOU IDIOTS!

September 9, 2011  09:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This is crazy but I love it. Add Mizzou and Kansas and it puts STL smack dab in the middle of Big Ten country. That would be awesome - for me.

Ditto

September 9, 2011  09:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Wow. TX in the Big Ten .. with no regional rival. OK Whatever.But then again ... F THE SEC ... I LOVE IT! You can have Texas A&M and any other orphan you can find... YOU IDIOTS!

Agree, this would make the SEC #2 next to the Big 10 (13)

September 9, 2011  09:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Agree, this would make the SEC #2 next to the Big 10 (13)

Mike Slive "offering" Texas A&M a slot in the SEC is such a joke. When you look at their record they're a perennial 5th/6th place team LOL!

All Slive wants is to keep the TX TV sets out of Delaney's or Scott's hands. Good luck to the Aggies and the mighty SEC!!!

September 10, 2011  12:16 AM ET

Texas seems like an odd fit, geographically. But I guess they'd be a geographical outlier for any BCS Conference post-Big 12 era.

September 10, 2011  12:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

".....and who cares about what happened in 1928?" Who cares about 1970. Who cares? Ditto. Comes down to money, and the most prestige..

Just trying to add a little perspective....but I see you don't care about anything over than what you blather.... :)

September 10, 2011  02:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Just trying to add a little perspective....but I see you don't care about anything over than what you blather.... :)

TROLL juice. Nothing more.

September 10, 2011  03:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Texas seems like an odd fit, geographically. But I guess they'd be a geographical outlier for any BCS Conference post-Big 12 era.

NEB should be pleased...

September 10, 2011  05:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Wow. TX in the Big Ten .. with no regional rival. OK Whatever.But then again ... F THE SEC ... I LOVE IT! You can have Texas A&M and any other orphan you can find... YOU IDIOTS!

hummmm.... don't know if you can say that when a little nothing school like Baylor is holding other schools in your conference hostage b.c it looks like everyone wants out, left, or is trying.

September 10, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Texas in the B1G...THAT will sure help your recruiting....LOL

Might want to look at the different years recruiting classes and see how many B1G schools are consistently in the top 10.

"Johnny from Denton Ryan...we want you to come play for us. You will get to play in games in Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania where it is cold and snowing/raining...and it is probably too far for your family or friends to watch."

September 10, 2011  09:29 AM ET

Now I have nothing against ND, hope they beat meeeechegan tonight, but I don't wanna see the Fighting Irish in the BigTen+2. Two other times they have turned down invites to that conference. And since they think they are better than the BigTen+2 let them join the BigEast. Just like their hoops program. And Texas? If the Big12minus2 (for now I guess?) falls apart they gotta join some conference.

September 10, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

TROLL juice. Nothing more.

WDT

Is it as blissful as they say?

 
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