Here's another benefit of expansion. According to USA Today, the Atlantic Coast Conference is close to completing deals that would bring nearly $40 million a year into the league's coffers -- doubling the current income.
"What this means is that the ACC, in my view, is one of the three premier conferences," said ACC negotiator Barry Frank of IMG. "Combined with its strength in basketball, it's on its way to being the premier conference."
And once Boston College joins as the 12th team in 2005, there will be additional revenue generated by a football championship game. For example, CBS pays the Southeastern Conference $8 million to televise the league's championship game.
SCHEDULE ANALYSIS: College Football News takes a look at the 2004 football schedules for teams in the ACC. Check it out.
RECRUITING ANALYSIS: College Football News also examines how ACC teams ended up ranked after recruiting season. (Clemson finished eighth.)