BIG TEN: (1): drops Northwestern. I thought about keeping them for a chicagoland presence, but they are the loan Private in a conference that doesn't NEED them to prop up their academics. Multi-year average of 28K in football, 4.6K in basketball. Basically their fan base is 1/2 the size of the next lowest conference-mate.
PAC 10: no changes.
SEC: (2) drops Ole' Miss, Arkansas, Vandy, adds Virginia. Mississippi is a tiny state to have 2 members. Ole' Miss is the flagship, so inspite of State having a better program they get cut. Arkansas is also a tiny state, and they would be OK with it if Texas promises to bring them in. Vandy is a top tier academic school, but UVA is just as good and gives a huge new market and good football.
Top 10 (formerly Big 12): UT, Tech, OU, A&M, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Vandy, Northwestern. UT gets the conference they really always wanted. Top academics, flagships, rivals, and huge TV from Texas to Chicago.
ACC: (2) with Virginia gone, BC is the only required drop.
BIG Midwest (formerly MWC): adds Nebraska, Iowa St, Kansas St, Oklahoma St, drops SDSU, UNLV, and UNM. TCU and the gang of 5 embrace Nebraska.
BIG EAST: (down 2) Add BC and UCF.
CUSA: (2) in the BCS, they split west/east
SWC (formerly CUSA West): UNM, UTEP, SMU, UNT, Rice, Houston, Baylor, Tulsa, La Tech, Tulane. CUSA would try for Memphis to be Tulsa's travel partner, but would be snubbed by the Tigers, forcing the SWC to add ULL instead.
CUSA (formerly CUSA East): S. Miss, Miss St, Memphis, UAB, Marshall, Temple, Army, Navy, ECU, FAU. FAU is isolated, but gives a recruiting toehold in Fla. Temple provided another needed big market.
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WAC: (down 1) absorbs UNLV, SDSU, to join a disappointed Boise St, Hawaii, Fresno St, SJ St, UNR, Idaho, Utah St, and NMSU.
MAC: (3) drop Ball St & N. Illinois
Sunbelt: (2) add Ball St & N. Illinois
Rose: Pac 10 v. Big Ten
Sugar: SEC v. top 10
Orange: BE v. ACC
Cotton: SWC v. CUSA
Fiesta: WAC v. Big Midwest
Liberty: MAC v. Sunbelt