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2012 College Football Conference Realignment

As we begin preparation another season, the wild and wacky world of college football moves to the 2012 campaign 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.

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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 2012

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.

  
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