3 thoughts on Big Ten’s expansion and future of college football

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Jan 1, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Marcus Freeman against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes will be on Notre Dame

For decades, Notre Dame has fended off joining a conference. It made an agreement with the ACC for scheduling purposes and was part of the league during the 2020 COVID-19 season, however, it still values independence.

But after this latest move from the Big Ten, Notre Dame is going to have to make a decision soon. All of the elite programs are in conferences and are soon to be in super conferences.

It seems like Notre Dame will have to join eventually. The TV money will be insane and every conference is going to want the Irish. The ACC could probably save itself by adding the Irish to its league, while the Big Ten could become even more powerful if it did the same.

You can’t count out of the SEC, but that’s not a great natural fit. Independence is possible too, depending on the playoff structure but if these super leagues are going to eventually break away from the NCAA and have their own playoff/national championship, Notre Dame would have to follow.

At this point, there are many things we don’t know. One thing we do know is that college football will never be the same.




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