On Tuesday, ACC members voted in the University of Louisville as the 14th member of the ACC to begin play in 2014. Now Louisville desperately wanted to get into the Big 12, so does this mean that the Big 12 is not expanding?
Right now, the Big 12 is waiting for the ACC and Maryland to settle their exit fees before Florida State will bolt to the Big 12. This will give Missouri and Texas A&M time to build support to get Florida on board with inviting Florida State to the SEC. I am being told by sources near the Florida administration that this will not happen. The Florida Gators like being the only option in the state of Florida for recruits that want to play in the SEC.
So that leaves Florida State with staying in the ACC or going to the Big 12. The ACC will be around but even if Florida State can win the ACC, they haven’t gotten any respect in the polls. Now with the new selection committee selecting the Top 4 teams in the country, perception will still play a major role in selection. Florida State can change that perception by going to the Big 12. Being the best football program in a basketball conference is like being the league champion of the former USFL. That’s great, but the competition is weaker and doesn’t translate to the NFL. Same with Florida State and the ACC. The ACC is a weaker conference compared to the Big 12 and the SEC.
So that’s the question Florida State is asking, is it better to be the best football program in a weak conference or being at the top most years in a strong conference?