College Football Conference Realignment: Every Domino That Has Fallen Since Oklahoma & Texas Declared for the SEC

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William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, host of the 2021 Red River Rivalry Game between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners.

During this past summer, earth-shattering news broke that Oklahoma and Texas were dashing from the Big 12 to the SEC.

It turns out that move was a domino effect, not only for the Big 12, but for four other leagues, including the AAC, Conference USA, MAC and Sun Belt.

With constant moving parts and conferences that are in a state of flux, this will be your one-stop shop to follow everything related to college football conference realignment.


Domino No. 1: Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC


Domino No. 2: Big 12 Replaces Texas, OU with 4 New Schools


Domino No. 3: AAC Poaches 6 Teams from Conference USA

The schools are hoping to begin AAC play by 2023.


Domino No. 4: More Programs Flee Conference USA

James Madison (FCS) steps up in competition to join the budding Sun Belt Conference.


Domino No. 5: Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee Abandon Ship to Join MAC

The additions will give the MAC 14 total schools.


Domino No. 6: Conference USA Finally Adds Programs to Avoid Full Dissolution

FBS independents Liberty and New Mexico State and FCS members Jacksonville State and Sam Houston are the four schools.


Conference Realignment Summary:

American Athletic Conference

Departing
Adding

Big XII Conference

Departing
Adding

Conference USA

Departing
Adding

Mid-American Conference

Departing
None
Adding

Southeastern Conference

Departing
None
Adding

Sun Belt Conference

Departing
None
Adding

Obviously, these moves aren’t going to have a significant impact right away. The dates are still up in the air for when certain schools are officially moving on from their current league.

Regardless, this creates an interesting future dynamic in terms of potential added travel, a lack of familiarity between opponents and recruiting.

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