With the news that Texas was in talks with the Big10 about the possibility of joining, I started thinking about what the Big10 has in mind for the conference. There is no way that Texas would leave behind Oklahoma, not to mention any other in-state rivalries that exist. If the Big12 offered Michigan, we wouldn't leave our rivalry with OSU and probably not MSU either. That means the only way that we could get Texas into the Big10 is to bring Oklahoma and possibly A&M or Tech with them.
There has also been news that Missouri is listening to the Big10 and that Nebraska is interested. Imagine if Texas, Oklahoma, Tech/A&M, Missouri, and Nebraska were to join the Big10. We would be taking the best assets out of the Big12 and weaving them into the Big10 to make a 16-team super conference. If you throw Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota into that group, you have two very good divisions with two dominant powers to anchor either group.
This would also allow for 4 divisions of 4 and the possibility of a conference playoff, which would probably be the biggest draw for teams like Texas and Oklahoma to leave their current conference and become part of a much bigger, experimental conference. At this point, there is so much talk about the Big10 taking the next step in conference evolution, that I would be mildly disappointed if they were to merely add a single team to get the additional championship game at the end of the season.
Admittedly, this was brought up on WTKA Friday night. I had thought of making this post last week, but I thought it might be too much speculation. Once I realized that others were thinking of an almost identical situation, I thought I would post to see what other thought about it. Most seem to think that 14 is a bad idea and 16 is ludicrous, but I can't help but think that this is what the Big10 is looking to create and they might actually be on to something with it.