BHGP brings the case against Nebraska leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten, and does so convincingly.
While the Huskers remain a national name in football, they are now more than a decade removed from their last national championship and haven’t been to a BCS game since getting trounced by Miami in the 2002 Rose Bowl…They are the equivalent of Penn State in men’s basketball. It opens up little recruiting territory that wasn’t already available. And Jim Delaney doesn’t stay up at night asking how he can break the Big Ten Network into the illustrious Omaha and Lincoln markets…Basically, the Big Ten would give Nebraska about $13M per year, for which Nebraska would give the Big Ten a championship game, bad basketball, Mike Nobler, and Runza sandwiches.
All true. Nebraska’s not the first option. The first option, far-fetched though it might be, is Texas, followed by Notre Dame, and then Pitt from the Big East. Failing those, however, you begin to slide into the less appealing but still viable candidates: Kansas, Colorado, and yes, Nebraska. Note that the conversation about expansion involves a whopping four teams from the Big 12, something that has not escaped the notice of K-State blog Bring on the Cats.