If the "Big 10" conference was considering candidates for further expansion, what other universities would hot prospects?
1) Notre Dame - a perennial favorite as the third university in Indiana and home of Touchdown Jesus. - the only problems are its TV contract with NBC, their independent national schedule, and the fact they may only join if they are force to do so to get a BCS bid without an undefeated season.
2) Boise State - mentioned by Kirk Firenze of Iowa as a good team to add to the Big 10 for football - they would provide another top 10 BCS poll team to the conference add to competition. Problems - would they fit into the big 10 for other sports; will their football team remain prominent or will they dwindle in a few years after these classes graduate and the coach leaves? How many other sports could they compete with other Big 10 teams? Would they be able to handle the Big 10 schedule compared to the Mountain West schedule of lowly teams? Would travel distances be a problem? Do they have a decent airport in the winter that is accessable? Do they have a decent hockey team?
3) Missouri - previously was a center of speculation this summer, but openly denied any interest in switching from the Big 12 to the Big 10 after Nebraska jumped this year.
It would seem Notre Dame would be a no-brainer, but adding just one team might be problematic for the two division organization - so adding at least an even number of teams would make easier for schedule making.