The Big Ten has consistently proven to be right at the very top of the Power Five conferences in terms of talent, recruiting ability, and (perhaps most important of all) making money. When making more even money is on the table, you can bet that expansion talk will be right around the corner. One college football writer has an idea of which schools the Big Ten should be looking at as potential additions.
On Sunday Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette created a list of ten schools he’d like to see added to the Big Ten.
His picks for the top-three? The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Texas Longhorns, and Oklahoma Sooners (in that order).
For Notre Dame, Asmussen explained that while Notre Dame will likely never join a conference for football, the appeal could lie in the fact that it is so close to the epicenter of the conference, and the fact that it would enable the school to play rival Michigan every single year.
Yeah, yeah, I know it’s never going to happen. But maybe someday the Irish brass will realize the school is located in the middle of the Big Ten footprint and far away from the bulk of the ACC. Plus, it would guarantee a football game every year against Michigan.
As for Texas and Oklahoma, Asmussen considers the Longhorns to be a candidate since many Big Ten schools are already recruiting strongly from the state of Texas. Additionally, the Longhorns would bring “value in terms of name recognition and TV sets.” He considers Oklahoma to be a part of a package deal – that you can’t have Texas without also bringing in Oklahoma.
Illinois and the rest of the Big Ten schools are already recruiting in the Lone Star State. The Longhorns bring value in terms of name recognition and TV sets. And …
… if you are going to add Texas, you might as well bring the Sooners, too. Oklahoma won’t provide as many new TV sets as Texas, but Oklahoma is a national brand with a long run of success in the sport that matters most.
Of course, all three of those schools appear to be very satisfied with their current arrangements.
Notre Dame has proudly been independent for generations while the Longhorns and Sooners have created a fierce rival since joining the Big 12 in the mid-1990s.
Still, it’s always fun to envision expansion. Who wouldn’t want to see Lincoln Riley going toe-to-toe with Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines, or the Buckeyes on a regular basis?
You can view his full list here.