Big time Nebraska fan here. I was just discussing this in the Vicious OT, found this, so I decided to pop my head in and say hello.
Originally Posted by Kellster
That would create an odd number of teams. I'm guessing they don't expect ND to accept.
If ND accepts, they will invite one more team, probably Syracuse or Pitt. If they don't, they will stop at 14 teams for the time being and explore adding two more teams later.
Originally Posted by armagedon_91
that, and nebraska has already said they have not recieved an invite. missouri wont answer.
These were not invites. They were requests for information. Nebraska also declines knowledge of everything until the very last moment, so don't look too much into what they say.
In 1999 (I think it was), Big 10 publically invited Notre Dame to be the 12th team. Notre Dame publically said no. This was very embarassing to the Big 10, so they are trying to avoid it happening again. They went to the schools to find out what they would do if they get the invite. Nebraska and Rutgers said they would join, Missouri is expected to say yes, and Notre Dame said no. It gives the Big 10 a pretty clean roadmap of where they can go from there. They will most likely vote on how many teams and who invite during the first weekend of June during their annual meeting using information gathered today.
I would think you will hear official statements in mid-to-late June or early July with the SEC, PAC-10, and what will be left of the Big 12 by the start of football season.