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Report: Big Ten 'Targeting' 5 Major Schools For Conference Expansion

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Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren

The Big Ten set off some big fireworks during the college football offseason by adding USC and UCLA, effective following the 2023 season. The conference isn't done yet, though. The Big Ten reportedly has its targets set on five more schools, including powers like Notre Dame and Oregon. 

Per college football insider Brett McMurphy, the Big Ten most recently met with the University of Washington. This comes just a few weeks after the conference met with the University of Oregon; a meeting that was initiated by the Ducks. 

The Big Ten is reportedly "targeting" five schools for expansion, including Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington and two more Pac-12 schools. Those final two programs likely include Cal and Stanford. 

"Washington is latest Pac-12 school to meet w/Big Ten about joining the conference, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Huskies' meeting w/B1G comes a week after Oregon met w/BIG. Big Ten targeting 4 Pac-12 schools & Notre Dame as new members, sources said," said McMurphy. 

With USC and UCLA joining the mix in 2024, the Big Ten will be at 16 teams. Five more schools puts the Big Ten at 21. Although an odd number isn't likely, adding more West Coast programs could help better develop conference divisions. 

The Pac-12, meanwhile, is no doubt scrambling to keep its remaining 10 universities in tact. However, if the Big Ten wants Oregon or any of the three remaining targets, the Pac-12 won't have much of a dog in the fight. 

Notre Dame, meanwhile, has a bit more leverage due to its independent status. But it's only a matter of time before the Fighting Irish see the writing on the wall and join a major conference like the Big Ten. 

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