The Big Ten sent shockwaves through the college sports world this offseason when they
announced that USC and UCLA will be joining their ranks in the next round of expansion.
Since then, there has been tons and tons of speculation as to who else might join the Big Ten
before they finalize their next blockbuster media rights deal. For the analysts at FiveThirtyEight, one school stands out from the rest.
In a recent model made by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, a list of viable Big Ten expansion teams was produced.
The model was based on a combination of recent football performance, historical football performance,
historical basketball performance and total NCAA Division I titles won.
With a score of 77 out of 100, Notre Dame blew the rest of the field away. While their basketball
and overall NCAA title totals were in the middle, their football excellence put them well over the top.
No other school scored higher than 65 out of 100.