SBN's crackerjack Maryland bloggers at Testudo Times aren't all that thrilled with the range of teams available to the ACC, should that conference choose to get in the expansion game:
Honestly, with better fits like UCONN, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers possibly joining the Big Ten, the ACC will have to bite the bullet. West Virginia and South Florida would be the front-runners, and it would probably be between Louisville and ECU for the final spot, with the other going to the SEC (the ACC's hand may be forced on this one).
What would that conference look like? Well, it wouldn't be pretty, and it certainly wouldn't be the utopian (or as close as you could get) version that I had proposed earlier. That won't happen unless the Big Ten stops at 14, which would probably surprise a lot of people at this point.
While Maryland maybe shouldn't be throwing stones when it comes to academics, their pessimism isn't unfounded: It's hard to imagine an ACC Voltron being any kind of powerhouse conference if the Big Ten (and, God forbid, other Big Six conferences) start widening their ranks. The VT bros at Gobbler Country skirt this malaise by going quite mad:
What if the Mayans weren't really talking about the physical earth like we know it? What if it was all just a metaphor for callllllage footbawl? People are talking about some crazy stuff, man. Like Ulta-super-mega Conferences. Conferences so big you can see 'em from space.
I mean, we've got the Big Ten about to devour the Big East like some kinda college football Megalodon, forcing Mike Slive, Swoffy and That Tennis Guy to do the same. And if Gray Lady Guy is correct, they're all four just going to break off like East Germany and put up a big wall between us and the Mountain West dudes. We'd be the oppressors, man. And that just ain't cool.
That's why I've got a much, much better alternative to conference expansion. Let's just all run around naked in a forest with J.J. Rousseau!
They (probably) don't mean it literally, but please don't let that stop you.