It seems inevitable that the football programs will split off so they can cash in on the media deals that are out there. Current or soon-current football members (9): Cincinnati Connecticut Louisville Pittsburgh Rutgers South Florida Syracuse TCU West Virginia Non-football members (8): DePaul Georgetown Marquette Notre Dame Providence Seton Hall St. John's Villanova (might move up in football, but Rutgers and Pittsburgh trying to block - in limbo) The talk now centers around how the football schools can create a 12-team conference and compete with the big boys. To do this, they have realized that they need to look at a national footprint. Taking teams in their geography that don't play good football does nothing for them. That's the big hangup with Villanova now. It is also why Memphis hasn't been offered despite great histories with Louisville and Cincinnati. So, if the football conference needs 3 more members where do they look? Speculation is that with the previous western moves of adding Cincinnati and Louisville and now the new addition of TCU, the conference is fully willing to look national in order to get the best football possible. East Carolina and Central Florida remain possibilities within their existing footprint, as do Villanova and Memphis despite the football weakness. But the big prizes are in the West. Speculation is now that they'll look to add Boise State, BYU and maybe Houston (although they'd love Notre Dame - who wouldn't) to create a truly national conference of 12 teams. By doing this, they become a media player for football. Here's one way it could play out: Eastern Division: Connecticut Pittsburgh Rutgers South Florida Syracuse West Virginia Western Division: Boise State Brigham Young Cincinnati Houston Louisville Texas Christian If it plays out like this, I think it would be good for college football. And it would certainly end any talk of the conference not being worthy of an automatic BCS bid (or not having a place in a new association if there's a split from the NCAA).