They have realigned to separate east from west instead of Legends/Leaders. In 2014 (when Rutgers and Maryland come in), it will look like this: East: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers West: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin The key here is that the entire West is in the Central time zone except for Purdue and the Boildermakers being there also screwed up its rivalry game with Indiana, forcing that to be the only protected game for inter-divisional play. The B1G has been rumored to be looking to go to 16 teams, though, in order to create more inventory for its successful network. So, there's reason to believe that the B1G will look West for adding 2 teams in order to move Purdue to the East Division and balance time zones. The ACC move with its media deal also makes poaching from them damn difficult. Here's the 2014 map: Missouri would have made a ton of sense. Are they poachable from the SEC? A new report says that Vanderbilt was looked at, so maybe. But the other possibilities investigated by the B1G, according to the same report, were Kansas and Oklahoma. Imagining if that happens, the Big 12 would be an absolute mess. Would the UT faithful tolerate the travel, academic prestige and athletic prestige of being in a conference that included: Texas Baylor TCU Oklahoma State Kansas State Iowa State West Virginia Texas Tech ...especially since the best options to get to 10 are considered to be BYU and Boise State? Heck, would the UT faithful even tolerate losing KU or OU alone if it was one of them plus Notre Dame that brought the B1G to 16? I'm increasingly thinking that something like this is going to happen and the Pac-12 will expand in a way that includes UT and the Big 12 will end up being a piecing together of the MWC, Big 8 and SWC. Despite this latest move by the ACC that was heralded as "stabilizing", I think that was east coast bias. It stabilized the eastern US and focused the re-alignment to the west.