I'd love to have some additional good brands for some good matchups each year, but fear that if we add any more teams it will feel less and less like the B1G conference. We and the rest of college football is just realizing that divisions pretty much suck and its the best for the collective whole to get rid of them (although I'd love to play in this B1G west forever!). If you get up to 20 teams, I feel like you have no choice but to divide up the teams. If you have two divisions, you will never play your cross division opponents. Even if you do a pod system its going to be very rare to play teams outside of your pod. That means that we are bound to have a team in a state that borders ours that will very rarely ever play us. That sucks.I don't think the quality drop is a problem. Arguably, we're increasing it with acquisitions.
For me the problem is tradition. I'm just now beginning to feel like Penn State is a member of the conference.
I have no deep seated emotions about Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, or Penn State. So it takes some of the fun out of the conference thing for me.
For this reason, I hope we stick to 16 teams so that we can go divisionless and play every team in the conference fairly often to keep some of the tradition alive. Notre Dame + guest would be the one exception to get to 18, but otherwise I hope this is what we have for a good while.