Paul Finebaum has been covering this latest round of conference realignment, which has seen Texas and Oklahoma agree to join the SEC and USC and UCLA pledge to join the Big Ten.

Both conferences say they’re fine staying at 16 teams for the moment, but that could change in a hurry if Notre Dame decides it wants to join a conference.

So, where will the Fighting Irish end up? Finebaum appeared on Greg McElroy’s “Always College Football” show recently and predicted the Irish would eventually go to the Big Ten if they leave the ranks of independent teams (via On3 Sports):

“I think Notre Dame will end up in the Big Ten if they go somewhere because it makes too much sense,” Finebeum said. “I don’t know what the history is with Knute Rockne and Fielding Yost and things that happened even before I was born. We’re talking 100 years ago, more than 100 years ago. But it’s time.”

Notre Dame hasn’t indicated it will make a move any time soon, so this is all speculation at this point.

However, this latest round of realignment has proven that anything can happen, so we’ll see what the future holds for the Irish.

Check out Finebaum’s full appearance on “Always College Football” here: