You stated expansion was inevitable and based it on nothing... The Big Ten will have a spot based on ranking whether it's 10, 11, 12, or 14 teams. If the idea is that somehow the added conference depth from Maryland and Rutgers will give the Big Ten an autobid to the giant playoff, I think that's stupid.
If we absolutely had to expand, we should have picked up Texas A&M (who I don't like, but actually adds a lot of value by virtue of being in Texas) + one other (don't really care between the alternatives). Somehow the most valuable brand in college athletics ended up taking two second-rate schools in a desperate attempt to follow the SEC and ACC. This is only good for people who hate college sports (and Rutgers and Maryland fans, who I assume probably do).