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One Possibility Amongst Many

This is just one of the many possibilities, and I do not claim this to be the most likely. Just have fun with it. The conferences that are taking the initiative will thrive. Those that are reacting or will be the target of poaching will be silenced or forced to adapt. The ACC, Big East, and Big 12 cease to exist, with the ACC and Big East merging to survive.
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Pac-16:
Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Arizona
Arizona State
USC
California
UCLA
Stanford
Texas
Texas Tech
Kansas
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Colorado
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We know how this plays out, so no need to go into detail. Two BCS bids.

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BIG 16:
Nebraska
Notre Dame
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
Cincy
Penn State
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Illinois
Iowa
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Indiana
Northwestern
Purdue
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The Big 10 already has Nebraska, and then it adds ND for 13 teams. With the PAC-10 becoming the PAC-16, the Big 10 tries to even out their conference for the first time in eternity and extends invitations to Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Cincy, who accept as they see the shift in power take place as well as the dollar signs. The BIG 16 is granted two BCS bids as it is on par with the PAC-16.
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SEC:
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
South Carolina
Tennesee
Vandy
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
LSU
Mississippi State
Mississippi
Texas A&M
Florida State
Miami
South Florida
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Not wanting to be left behind, the SEC grabs the available doormat of Texas A&M,poaches Florida State and Miami from the ACC. They swipe USF from the crumbling Big East, which gives them 16 teams- and two BCS bids.
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BIG ATLANTIC:
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Maryland
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
NCSU
Virgina
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
UCONN
Louisville
Syracuse
West
Virginia
Marshall
UCF
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The Big East has been all but destroyed and the ACC has suffered damage. With the moves of the other conferences almost forcing the issue of the ACC's BCS bid, they merge with the Big East and entice Marshall and UCF to join the 16 team Big Atlantic. They are able to retain their BCS bid.
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MWC:
Wyoming
Utah
BYU
TCU
Boise State
Colorado State
San Jose State
Air Force
New Mexico
UNLV
Missouri
Kansas State
Iowa State
Houston
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Adding Boise State makes their case for a BCS bid much stronger- but once the other conferences start to expand to 16 teams and multiple bids are being thrown around, the MWC will be forced to expand as well. The remains of the BIG 12 are taken up, and Houston is invited to round it at 14. While smaller than the other super conferences, Utah, BYU, TCU, and Boise State have played in BCS bowls and Houston is an up and coming team that could contend for one soon. One BCS bid, the last, is granted.
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Rose- PAC-16-BIG 16
Fiesta- PAC-16- MWC
Sugar- SEC- BIG 16
Orange- SEC- BIG ATLANTIC

Why does the BCS give the power conferences two bids? With so many awesome teams in all three conferences, having only one bid would mean the push for a playoff within each conference would grow by leaps and bounds. In order to stop that push, the BCS would grant two bids to the power conferences and one to both the MWC and BA. The push for a playoff is therefore much less powerful than now- almost everyone is momentarily satisfied. At the same time, at-large bids would still exist: If the #1 and #2 teams are PAC-16West and BIG-16Whatever division, instead of playing in the Rose Bowl, they will play in the BCS NC. The other bidded BCS teams in each conference would then move up to the Rose Bowl, creating At-Large bids fir the Fiesta Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. In the end, the BCS manages to survive a little while longer by consolidating power in the five BCS conferences. The playoff push is hampered not only by manipulating bids to keep foes quiet for a while, but because the BCS Busters are more concentrated now and can't really 'bust' what they are now a member of.

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