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Expansion Update: Big Ten Looks Unlikely To Lose Or Add

A bit of stability? Or a false sense of security?

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CORAL GABLES, FL - NOVEMBER 28: The ACC-Big Ten Challenge logo on the floor of the BankUnited Center prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Michigan State Spartans on November 28, 2012 in Coral Gables, Florida. The game is part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
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Although it looks like Texas and Oklahoma are definitely off to the SEC, expansion may not go much further, at least right now.

The Big Ten doesn't look too interested at the moment and it doesn’t appear that anyone is going over to the SEC from the Big Ten (there were rumors about Michigan and Ohio State but apparently not). ACC teams have signed over media rights through the 2035-36 season so that makes it tougher to raid the East Coast.

It doesn’t mean it’s impossible of course, but the most likely candidates, Clemson and Florida State, would not only have to give up their media profits, but also remember this: Clemson has gone 111-14 since 2012 and has been a consistent presence in the playoffs, winning two national championships and playing for a third.

For Clemson and FSU, it’s still easier to get there from the ACC than it is from the SEC and it won’t get easier anytime soon.

Remember Jimbo Fisher pining for a “real” football conference? Well he’s in one now, at Texas A&M in the SEC, and his record so far is 17-8. He did finish last season at 9-1 so reserve judgement. Even so, 17-8 is not going to keep you employed for long.

We’re back in uncharted territory and just like last time, no one can say for sure what will happen, but it’s a big plus that the Big Ten isn’t picking over what will be left of the Big 12 after Texas and Oklahoma depart.