Want more college football expansion talk? Well here it is ... sort of.
Rivals.com had some experts put together their lists of 64 teams that would make the cut if four superconferences were left standing. The good news? Pitt, unsurprisingly, made the cut on everyone's list. BCS AQ programs like UConn, Duke, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Indiana, and Washington State? Well, they made the cut on some lists, but not all.
Some other notables that didn't make anyone's list? Baylor, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Iowa State. Also left out were the basketball-only schools (Villanova, Georgetown, Gonzaga, St. John's, Xavier, etc.) and the service academies.
My 64 picks and more after the jump.You can view the full list here.
I have to admit that I'm not sure where I stand on the idea of superconferences, but I argued over at the Fathead blog last week that six 16-team conferences would make the BCS more accessible to more teams. If superconferences were the way of the world, I'd like to see six of them, not four.
But since four is the most recently discussed option, here are my 64 schools, just for the heck of it:
Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, Boston College, BYU, California, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, USC, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, UCLA, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
I just don't see how you can leave basketball powerhouses such as Duke, UConn, and Indiana out of things. Basketball takes a back seat to football, but March Madness is one of the most popular times of the year. I can't imagine conferences wouldn't take those average football teams in order to reap the benefits of the basketball programs.
Just missing the cut on my list? Texas Tech. If Nova moved up to the FBS, though, I'd give them serious consideration. As a side note, Rutgers and South Florida get in not because they're Big East teams, but because of the NY/NJ and Tampa markets.