On topic, but rarely discussed, I believe that their is a MAJOR dark horse in all of this... New York University. Granted, NYU is a very unlikely dark horse in the rapidly changing world of Conference Realignment, but one to keep an eye on over these next few years. If NYU ever does decide to get back into 'The Game' at the BCS level, they would have to go through a few years of play at lower levels until qualified (under current rules). However, if the sleeping giant would but rise, the ACC would (seemingly) greatly benefit from their Phoenix-like resurgence.
Come on, seriously? NYU is a D-III school who has had limited success at that level. Their facilities are nowhere near up to D-I standards, and upgrading them would be astronomical. And to think that the mighty ACC would take in a tiny school with no recent history of success at D-I just to get a foothold in NYC is preposterous.
If that were the case, wouldn't they already have made a play for Columbia or Long Island or Manhattan or SUNY-Stony Brook? At least those schools have played in D-I for a while. Or convince St. John's to start a football program?
Rutgers is the only school that gives either the ACC or the Big 10 exposure in NYC, and even then, it's limited exposure. UConn gives almost as much exposure.
The ACC is holding out for ND. If they get them, they'll add either UConn or Rutgers as the 16th. If ND goes elsewhere, the ACC will have to consider UConn, Rutgers, Louisville, South Florida, and East Carolina, or just stick with 14.
Louisville will grab an invite from either the Big 12 or ACC as soon as it's offered. UConn will grab an ACC invite if it's offered, despite their claims otherwise (it's the ACC who hasn't wanted them, not vice versa). Rutgers is in a good position, because they are likely to find themselves in either the ACC or Big 10, so they can afford to wait.