Rece Davis had a similar reaction to many college sports fans and media on Thursday when the ESPN College GameDay host shared his thoughts on the seismic move in college sports with the reported move of Southern Cal and UCLA to the Big Ten.

“The first thing I thought was so much for that Alliance,” Davis said on “The Paul Finebaum Show.” “No poaching. We’re going to work together and all that jazz. The first thing is, Paul, they’re trying to survive and get as big a piece of the pie as they can. But I didn’t see it coming.”

Davis recalled that recent conversations at ESPN included the potential resurgence of the Pac-12 with Dan Lanning at Oregon and Lincoln Riley at USC.

“It’s obvious to me that they don’t have a lot of confidence in the financial viability that the Pac-12 would bring relative to its scheduling,” Davis said. “At least it seems that way and they’re going to go for a bigger piece of the pie and I think we’re headed toward 2 mega conferences at some point in the future, being the Big Ten and the SEC.”

Finebaum asked Davis which side of the country was affected the most with this reported move, the Pac-12 or the ACC? Davis said Notre Dame being a member of the ACC would keep that conference viable.

“The very next immediate question I think is what happens with Oregon and Washington,” Davis said. “…It would seem to indicate that Oregon and Washington are the 2 most likely suspects who you’d be going after. Beyond that, the schools in the ACC, how would they, if it’s even possible, get out from under the grant of rights, which has all their media rights going to the ACC through 2036, and would any of them be willing to go through challenging that in court? Would they fine it financially viable? Are the grant of rights enforceable? From there I think you’re seeing some consternation at places like Clemson, maybe even at North Carolina.”