If the BIG were to take FSU, then conference realignment truly goes to full-blown nation-wide conferences. I’d expect they want a foothold in the South to go along with their West Coast expansion. I’d expect a few other ACC schools to join.
In that scenario, the SEC would have to respond. Take UNC or NC State and UVA or VT. Solidify the non-SEC southern states. Then I would expect a westward expansion from us. I think the strategic move is to invite Oregon, Washington, and 2 of the 4-corners schools (Colorado, Arizona, ASU, or Utah).
This is a war of consolidation over markets & brands. The SEC struck first with Texas & Oklahoma. BIG countered with USC & UCLA, while also rendering the only other truly viable power conference completely neutered. The Big XVII and ACC are on borrowed time, but now so is the PAC. Those conferences may survive, but will only be a shadow of their former selves.
SEC needs to make the next big splash, isolating the BIG’s west coast teams by adding the remaining big-time PAC programs & markets (Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, etc.).
These consolidations ensure the SEC and BIG both get about 5-6 teams in the CFB Playoffs EVERY year, nearly comprising the entire field. That is a lot of money to be made.