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5fouls

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  1. The Big Ten is NOT going to leave USC and UCLA out there all by themselves.
  2. It can't ALL be about football. Overall health of the conference has to be considered. Let's say the Big Ten makes it all about Football and to get to 20 they add Notre Dame, Oregon, Clemson, and Oklahoma State. Those are probably the 4 best realistic football options out there. Who does the group of teams hurt? It hurts schools like Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, etc. that have to do everything right to compete with OSU, Michigan and PSU today. Add 4 more top shelf programs into the mix and whatever opportunities the Iowa's of the world had before, they are much less now. Having 2 of the 4 additions be football-centric makes sense (Notre Dame and Oregon). Have the other two additions be about something else. Stanford raises the academic profile and has a strong overall athletic program. Washington (or Cal, if you prefer) would add a 5th team on the West Coast to help balance out the schedule and reduce travel. Quite frankly, the thought of adding a team like Clemson to the Big Ten is crazy to me. The school brings nothing outside of football (maybe a little baseball) to the table. You simply can't have 16 of the 20 football teams in the conference be national title threats It simply does not work that way.
  3. I honestly do not understand why Stanford does not top every one of these polls. It is literally the most prestigious, non-Ivy university in the country. And, it has a decorated athletic history across all sports.
  4. 5fouls

    B10 Expansion Candidate Poll: Part 1

    Other than the Pac 12, there honestly is not 4 teams from any of those conferences I would take. In the ACC I would be okay with UNC, Virginia, or Georgia Tech. In the Pac 12, Stanford (#1 choice), Cal (if it helps get Stanford, Oregon, and Washington are all okay. Honestly, nobody from the Big 12 interests me at all. Nebraska level athletics at best with less than optimum academics.
  5. I voted Stanford. Every conference team cant be a football standout. The fact is that Stanford has more National Championships across all sports than any other school. And, it grabs the Bay Area tv market. To me, it's pretty simple. Add ND and 3 west coast schools to get to 20. Break conference into four separate 5 team pods. UNC loses a LOT of value if not packaged with Duke.
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    UCLA and USC Joining the Big Ten

    Just read the article. Not sure his comments about getting left out include IU. Current Power 5 teams like Washington State, Oregon State, Wake Forest, Duke, Kansas, etc could be in serious trouble. I think already being in the Big Ten insulates IU, PU, and NW. If IU was currently in the Pac12 or Big12 instead? Yeah, that would be time to worry. A lot depends on the size of the breakaway. If it's 32 teams, IU has no chance. If it's 48, we are on the bubble. If it's 55+, we have very little to worry about.
  7. 5fouls

    UCLA and USC Joining the Big Ten

    The Big Ten's reported wish list of ND, Oregon, UNC, and Stanford disagrees with that sentiment.
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    UCLA and USC Joining the Big Ten

    Stanford has the most NCAA Championships than of any school. More than twice as many as any current Big Ten school.
  9. 5fouls

    UCLA and USC Joining the Big Ten

    My version says Maryland. Why does your version say Notre Dame?
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    UCLA and USC Joining the Big Ten

    Travel partners are very hard to do without a round-robin schedule. Take Scott's example for instance. Assume IU's twice a year pods year one are Purdue, as well as Rutgers/Maryland and OSU/PSU. Now, assume our 1 game road pods are UM\MSU and UI/NW. Then say our 1 game home pods are UW/Minn and Iowa/Nebraska. At that point we have played 9 home games and 9 road games. But, there is only 1 pod left. The USC/UCLA pod is split at that point.
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    UCLA and USC Joining the Big Ten

    Looking down the road to the inevitable Super-Conference concept. Where does IU fit in such a hierarchy? It's a football driven concept after all. I'm indifferent to UCLA and USC. If you're going to take the plunge, those are two good schools to start with. But, the overall concept of Super-Conferences is bad for teams with subpar football programs, and that group includes IU.
  12. Unless there is a monetary prize for best prediction, I'll roll with this 1) IU (20-0) 2) Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin all at (10-10) 14) Purdue (0-20)
  13. 5fouls

    2022-23 IUBB Schedule

    I hope Purdue is especially bad.
  14. 5fouls

    Early 2022-2023 Top 25

    It hurts the team if TJD shoots 48% from the field instead of 60% from the field. Those other guys can still drive the lane with a properly executed high ball screen.
  15. 5fouls

    Early 2022-2023 Top 25

    First and foremost, it's improved outside shooting for almost everyone on the team. That said, I'm reluctant to see TJD attempt to expand his game by taking more jumpers. While it may be a benefit to his pro career, for IU's season, it has the makings of an experiment gone bad. I think players accepting roles will be another key. Potential for a numbers crunch and it will be critical that guys that get squeezed look long term. Improvement from Coach Woodson on his substitution patterns. No hockey line changes. Have 2 starters on floor at all times. Limit turnovers. We will hold an edge in most games if we are equal to our opponent in taking care of the ball. Give them 5 extra possessions a game and anything can happen.
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