While there is the money, there's something else when it comes to re-alignment, said Robert Boland, professor at NYU at the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports. That's the cache for a college moving to a conference with a higher profile in sports and academics.
"Schools can increase their own perception with a new conference," Boland said. "Boston College liked being associated with Duke and North Carolina in the ACC. It's a chance to be associated with upper echelon schools."
But with all the money and prestige comes an arms race, say analysts. As more money comes in more has to be spent on upgrading facilities and coaches salaries.
It cost Auburn University $11 million to fire Chizik and his assistant coaches as part of a buyout. And they'll have to pay something close to that for a new coaching staff for next year. Maryland has to pay the ACC a $50 million fee to leave.
And as teams are expected to play in better conferences, the question is will they be as good as their new rivals.
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"The level of play could suffer from this," Mark Conrad said. "Many of the colleges that switched conferences might not be able to compete with some of the better college teams. They will be outclassed for years."
Also suffering in the realignment as teams move, are the lesser regarded conferences, said Exavier Pope.
"The big winners in all this are the Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC," said Pope. "But other conferences are regulated to a secondary status and trying to catch up. For instance the Big East is replacing stronger members who left with weaker ones and they (Big East) will likely get surpassed by a conference like the MAC."
Despite the concerns over which college team can hold its own and how much it may cost to keep or fire a coach—and whether a team like San Diego State will enjoy the cross country trip to play Connecticut—the college football re-alignment bubble won't burst anytime soon.
In fact in may just be getting started, said Robert Boland.
"This isn't even close to reaching a saturation point," Boland said. "Right now, all the money suggests it's going to keep happening for a long time."