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Florida State & Clemson To Join Big Ten In 2025

The Big Ten is now the Big Twenty.

ACC universities Clemson and Florida announced they will join the Big Ten following the conclusion of the 2024-2025 school year.

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The official announcement comes after Clemson announced last month that it will join Florida State in suing the ACC over the league charging the schools hundreds of millions of dollars to leave.

Last month, nine Bowl Subdivision conferences, including the ACC, agreed to a six-year deal to continue participating in the College Football Playoff through the 2031 football season. With that came a revenue-sharing deal that gives the Big Ten and SEC conferences nearly double the annual distribution than the ACC and Big 12 — the next two largest conferences in terms of revenue.

The Big Ten and SEC receiving more revenue distribution caused many teams in the ACC to worry the schools in those two leagues could bring in significantly more money. Because of this, Clemson and Florida State wasted no time jumping ship to the Big Ten, attempting to cash in on the money the conference is soon to make.

This is the third cycle in which new teams have joined the Big Ten in the last two years as USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Washington are set to begin play in the conference at the start of the fall 2024 semester.

The Tigers and Seminoles will now bring the total number of teams in the Big Ten to 20. It will be the first time in NCAA history that 20 schools will call one single conference home.

According to CTESPN analyst Pete ThameI, Notre Dame, another school that has ties to the Big Ten as a member of the conference in hockey, will begin conversations with Big Ten officials about the possibility of joining Florida State and Clemson in 2025.

Penn State football has played Florida State three times and Clemson once in program history. The last matchup with the Seminoles came in 2006, during that year’s Orange Bowl. The Nittany Lions pulled out a 26-23 win in triple overtime, and the Tigers’ sole outing against Penn State was in the 1998 Citrus Bowl in which the blue and white fell 35-10.

Editor’s note: This story is part of Onward State’s April Fools’ Day series. It is satirical, meant for entertainment, and not to be taken literally. Any quotes were made up for the purpose of this post.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him taking down any Dollar Dog challenge or rewatching the Big Ten Maps Commercial. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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