On Wednesday Night, news broke that the 7 catholic schools in the Big East are looking to leave the Big East and form their own conference. Those schools are Villanova, Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, St. Johns, Providence, and Seton Hall. This would leave the Big East bare in terms of basketball schools but might still survive as a FBS conference.
What does this mean for conference realignment? Well I think this mean that the ACC will poach UConn, Cincinnatti and South Florida. But that still leaves the bigger football schools up for grabs in the ACC.
Right Now, Florida State has all the power. They can stay in the ACC and have an easier path to the playoffs and if that doesn’t work out, they got the Big 10 and Big 12 looking at them as possible expansion targets to get into the State of Florida. While it might seem that money is the end game, you have to also consider that in the new playoff system, the ACC and Big 12 will get an equal payout. Now more money will be available to Florida State to move to the Big 12 because that payout will be split amongst 12 teams instead of 14 in the ACC, and potentially 16 teams. Not to mention the increase in TV money with a new TV contract for the Big 12 and the addition of a conference championship.
Florida State is in no rush to make a move, despite what some people might suggest. I think that the Big 12 will go after them but only after this Big East mess is sorted out.