But first, a recap of all the moves in the world of Div 1A college football. The biggest were the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC (ending one of the best rivalries in college football – the Turkey Day treat of Texas versus Texas A&M). The Big 12, in a move to stay relevant added TCU (from the Mountain West) and West Virginia (Big East). The Big East was now in a world of hurt as it now had lost one of it best football programs and was going to lose Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC in 2013. So they went on a real acquisition spree adding Temple this year - who they kicked out of the Big East after the 2004 season – plus Central Florida, Memphis, Houston and SMU from CUSA in 2013, and Boise State and San Diego State from the Mountain West in 2013 as well as Navy in 2015.
The Mountain West retaliated by stealing Boise State (apparently as a one year loaner), Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno State from the WAC. The WAC was then forced to drop down to Div 1AA promoting Texas State and Texas San Antonio to the big time – sort of. Also promoted to Div 1A this year are South Alabama to the Sun Belt and Massachusetts to the MAC. And to top it all off – there are strong indications that the CUSA and MWC conferences will merge after 2013.
Whew! Lots of moving pieces and I don’t think they are done yet. Don’t be surprised if the Big 10 makes a move after this year.