With conference realignment becoming official on July 1, the landscape of college football has changed. Athlon takes a look at the winners, losers and the incomplete grades from the historic college football expansion.
In a time when conference membership is everything, BYU has declared its independence.
Last summer, when schools throughout the Big 12 Conference were wondering about their athletic futures as Texas and its cronies wondered whether it made sense to go West, the idea of football bachelorhood seemed ridiculous. Why would anybody want to go it alone, when strength was obviously to be gained by affiliating with the biggest, baddest programs around? After years of sensible groupings based on geography and reasonable travel, ages-old rules no longer applied.
Clemson always brings in top talent, but has struggled to get it done on the field.
There’s no shortage of excuses as to why Clemson remains on the periphery of the nation’s power elite. Some would argue that its home state doesn’t produce an abundance of top prospects (although 38 in-state players signed with BCS schools this year, including the nation’s top prospect, Jadeveon Clowney). Its campus is small and in a relatively rural area (just like national champion Auburn’s).