2012 College Football Conference Realignment

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2012 College Football Conference Realignment

By Marc Lawrence

As we begin preparation for the 20th anniversary edition of
the PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL HANDICAPPERS YEARBOOK magazine, the wild and wacky world
of College Football moves to the 2012 season with plenty of changes in
order.  Here is your guide to what lies
ahead.

Aside from a highly anticipated BCS revision, and a few new
rules changes, the first task at hand is sorting through the realignment of the
conferences.

Listed below is a listing of addresses in which conference
teams will call home in the 2012 season, with pertinent notes.

 

ACC

Atlantic Division                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Boston College

Clemson                     

Florida State  

Maryland

NC State

Wake Forest   

 

Coastal Division

Duke

Georgia Tech

Miami Florida

North Carolina

Virginia

Virginia Tech

 

No changes in 2012. Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the
conference in 2014.

 

BIG EAST

Cincinnati

Connecticut

Louisville

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

South Florida

Syracuse

 

Gone: West Virginia to the Big 12.  Soon to be gone: Syracuse and Pittsburgh to
the ACC in 2014.

 

Coming soon: Boise St, Houston, San Diego St, SMU and UCF in
2013. (Nothing says Big East like San Diego State)

 

BIG TEN

Leaders Division

Illinois

Indiana

Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Wisconsin

 

Legends Division       

Iowa

Michigan

Michigan State           

Minnesota      

Nebraska

Northwestern

           

No changes in 2012.

 

BIG 12

Baylor

Iowa St

Kansas

Kansas State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

TCU

Texas

Texas Tech

West Virginia

 

Additions: TCU and West Virginia.

 

Gone: Missouri and Texas A&M, both to the SEC.

 

CONFERENCE USA

East Division               

East Carolina

Marshall

Memphis

Southern Mississippi  

UAB              

UCF               

           

West Division

Houston

Rice

SMU

Tulsa

Tulane

UTEP

 

No changes for 2012.

 

Soon departing: Houston, SMU and UCF to the Big East in
2013.

 

Coming soon: will form a new conference with the remaining
members of the Mountain West in 2013.

 

INDEPENDENTS

Army

BYU

Navy

Notre Dame

 

No changes in 2012.

 

MAC

East Division

Akron

Bowling Green

Buffalo

Kent State

Miami Ohio

Ohio U                       

Temple                       

 

West Division

Ball State

Central Michigan

Eastern Michigan

Massachusetts*

Northern Illinois

Toledo

Western Michigan

 

New in 2012: Massachusetts. 
*Note: division realignment pending

 

MOUNTAIN WEST

Boise St

Wyoming

San Diego St

Air Force

Colorado St

UNLV

New Mexico

Nevada

Fresno St

Hawaii

 

New additions: Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada from the WAC.

 

Gone: TCU to the Big 12.

 

Soon to be departed: Boise State and San Diego State to the
Big East in 2013.

 

Coming Soon: merger with Conference USA in 2013.

 

PAC 12

North Division           

California

Oregon

Oregon State  

Stanford         

Washington                

Washington State       

 

South Division

Arizona

Arizona State

Colorado

UCLA

USC

Utah

 

No changes in 2102.

 

SEC

East Division              

Florida

Georgia          

Kentucky

Missouri

South Carolina

Tennessee

Vanderbilt                  

 

West Division

Alabama

Arkansas

Auburn

LSU

Mississippi

Mississippi State

Texas A&M

 

New additions: Missouri and Texas A&M from the Big 12.

 

Sun Belt

Arkansas State

Florida Atlantic

Florida International

Louisiana-Lafayette

Louisiana-Monroe

Middle Tennessee State

North Texas

Troy

South Alabama

Western Kentucky

 

New addition: South Alabama.

 

Note: South Alabama Jaguars will play a full Sun Belt
schedule in 2012 but will not be eligible to win the SBC title until 2013.

 

WAC

Idaho

Louisiana Tech

New Mexico State

San Jose State

Texas State

Utah State

UTSA

 

New additions: Texas State and UTSA (University of Texas-San
Antonio).

 

Gone: Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada to the MWC in
2012.