How many future matchups are in store for Florida State and Ohio State? If you listen the rumors, many.
Why would this make sense for the Big 10? Many reasons. FSU as a Big 10 member helps:
- with recruiting in Florida.
- getting Florida televisions sets on Big 10 football.
- improve Big 10’s football pedigree.
- its efforts to recruit Notre Dame by weakening the ACC.
Meanwhile, what’s in it for FSU?
- Better TV money.
- More quality programs to compete with.
- More academic research money.
- A long-term home for all of its sports.
It’s, in this crazy game of conference realignment, the best fit.
Many argue that FSU would have to travel too far for its games–the issue, however, is that the ACC recently expanded to Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The ACC has not been helping Florida State with its scheduling (i.e., giving FSU a regional partner like Georgia Tech in its own division) and instead forced FSU to travel to Maryland. Assuming other ACC schools join, FSU would be playing Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and likely, Rutgers and Penn State.
True, FSU doesn’t fit into the “traditional” Big Ten paradigm (like Iowa and Michigan), but that paradigm is shifting as the Big Ten pursues additional members to round out its conference. There’s not a better option than Florida State, which means the rumors will continue to live on.