Sounds far-fetched, right? Well, don't bet against it.
I'm a bit of long-time student of REALIGNMAGEDDON, and I think it's going to come to this:
|NC State||Minnesota||Mississippi St||Oregon|
|North Carolina||Nebraska||Missouri||Oregon State|
|Pittsburgh||Ohio State||Oklahoma State||TCU|
|Syracuse||Penn State||Ole Miss||UCLA|
|Virginia Tech||West Virginia||Texas A&M||Washington|
|Wake Forest||Wisconsin||Vanderbilt||Washington St|
Notre Dame to the ACC -- They're left out in the cold unless they join a conference, and the only conference they'll join is the ACC.
Texas to the ACC -- Thamel puts it best: "Texas has all the cards here and would be courted by any league. Institutionally, the school has shown little desire to go to the SEC. (Why join Texas A&M?) The Big Ten could be a fit, as would the ACC and Pac-12. The ACC would likely offer the smoothest transition for the Longhorn Network, as ESPN owns all of the ACC's content and the easiest solution for everyone would be to fold LHN, a partnership between ESPN and Texas, into the ACC Network."
Kansas to the Big Ten -- AAU membership has its privileges, plus KU is a geographic fit (for all that matters, which isn't much) and an inventory generator for the BTN thanks to Jayhawks hoops. This isn't a slam dunk, but I think Kansas is more attractive than the alternatives (Cincy, UConn, Iowa State, Kansas State, etc.)
West Virginia to the Big Ten -- Just a shot in the dark here. Feels like it could be an okay fit.
Oklahoma and OK State to the SEC -- Big brother and little brother won't/can't be separated, and T. Boone Pickens' money helps grease the gears. A very tidy acquisition for the SEC.
BYU to the Pac-16 -- They rejected BYU once before, but I can't resist the though that the Cougars deserve a seat at the big boys' table, just on the sheer strength of the size of their fanbase.
Colorado State to the Pac-16 -- This is probably my biggest reach of all, but I really do believe this is an up-and-coming athletic department, worthy of eventual "power" status.
Houston to the Pac-16 -- They have leapfrogged UConn and Cincinnati atop the G5 pecking order at just exactly the right time.
TCU to the Pac-16 -- Thamel: "It has arguably positioned itself as the third-most attractive program in the Big 12 in a short period of time."
|Left Out in the Cold|
|San Diego State|