I think they will be #16 if/when ND joins. will we go beyond with UConn to block further B1G expansion east? i don't know, but i think Cincy is next in line at this point. they seem to be doing all the right things to put themselves at the top of the list.
they will help with ND, Pitt, and L'ville's travel burdens for non-rev sports, they give us further encroachment into B1G territory, and they have a massive endowment, huge research budget, and are now gaining respect as a top undergraduate university. it's all coming together for them.