Watching Brian Kelly dancing in the locker room after Notre Dame had taken down Michigan State, I couldn’t help but think that the celebration had all the trappings of a big win over a conference rival.

Yeah, I know. That ship has sailed. Point is, if the Irish ever decide to enter the modern college football world and join a conference, the Big Ten ought to be the only place for them.

As remote as it sounds, there will be one last window of opportunity. When the Big Ten and the Super Powers finally complete their inevitable land grab and settle into four 16-team conferences, ND ought to make the right move. And 16-team conferences will happen, just as sure as television contracts have oodles and oodles of zeroes.

An ND in the Big Ten is not as far-fetched as it sounds. When I covered Notre Dame in the ’80s, it played Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and a pre-Big-Ten Penn State every year. And those often were games that produced dancing in the locker room.

I don’t think you’re getting rivalries like that against N.C. State and Wake Forest.

But that’s a topic for another season.

At the moment, the door remains open, however slightly, for the Irish in their annual overly ambitious objective of playing for the national championship—or bust. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.