Make no doubt the Big 5 is coming. However, I am confused why the Big 5 is allowing it to be the Big 5 and the Irish. Why have the Big 5 invited ND to pull up a chair to the table. Make them join a conference and play by the rules everyone else does. I was reading this article about the Big 5 only scheduling each other. They let ND act as a 6th 1-team conference. ND has no leverage in this situation, if the Big 5 excluded them they would have to fall in line or get left behind with the likes of the MAC schools.
Side Note: I think ND fits in the Big Ten the best, but I don't really want them.