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Conference Realignment: A History Lesson

This isn't the first time college football has gone through major changes.
<p> This isn't the first time college football has gone through major changes.</p>

This article on college football realignment originally appeared in our 1998 college football annual. As the college football landscape continues to go through realignment and the whispers of superconferences are still heard (despite the PAC-12's decision to not expand right now), we can learn about the current state of college football by looking back at its history.

The Future of College Football

--by Tony Barnhart

SEC and ACC Says No to West Virginia

West Virginia has been turned down by the SEC and ACC for conference membership.
<p> West Virginia has been turned down by the SEC and ACC for conference membership.</p>

There are still several dominos to fall in college football’s great realignment of 2011, but the picture is starting to clear just a bit. West Virginia has been rumored as a potential candidate for SEC or ACC expansion over the past few weeks, but it appears that talk can quiet down. According to CBSSports.com Brett McMurphy, West Virginia officials have indicated they have been turned down by the SEC and ACC for membership.

College Football Power Rankings: Big East

Louisville ended a four-game losing streak to Kentucky on Saturday.
<p> How do the teams in the Big East stack up after the third week of action?</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

Post-Week 3 Big East Power Rankings

Check out all of our college football rankings.

Week 3 College Football Recap

Oklahoma scored a huge win over Florida State on Saturday night.
<p> Athlon recaps Week 3 of the college football season and takes a look ahead to Week 4.</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

Athlon sums up a full slate of college football with the most important things to take away from this weekend.

Winners

What the Addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh Means for the ACC

The ACC has accepted Pittsburgh and Syracuse as members of the conference.
<p> The ACC has accepted the invitations of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to become the 13th and 14th members of the conference.</p>
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By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

Realignment has been a hot topic in college football over the last couple of weeks and the ACC has struck first. Pittsburgh and Syracuse submitted applications to join the conference recently and the ACC has announced both teams as members on Sunday.

College Football Week 3 Preview: Match-ups and Upset Picks

We give you the 10 most important storylines and potential upset picks for Week 3.
<p> We give you the 10 most important match-ups and upset picks for Week 3.</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

10 Key Storylines to Watch for Week 3

What if Notre Dame Joined the Big Ten in 1999?

How much different could college football look if the Irish were members of the Big Ten?
<p> How could college football look different today if Notre Dame joined the Big Ten in 1999?</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

Big 12 On Life Support; Superconferences Coming Soon?

With Texas A&M basically gone and OU unhappy, the Big 12's days are numbered
<p> With Texas A&amp;M basically gone and OU unhappy, the Big 12's days are numbered</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

It seems college football is preparing for a major shift in conference realignment very soon. Although the 2011 season is just getting underway, the race is on to get conference affiliation finalized in time for 2012. The first domino is ready to fall, which could spur several teams to change conferences.

Graham lone bright spot in Panther offense

Pittsburgh's sluggish attack headlines Athlon's Big East Notebook
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<p> Pittsburgh's sluggish attack headlines Athlon's Big East Notebook</p>

By Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch)

Take a quick look at Pittsburgh’s stats and you will notice that running back Ray Graham leads the nation in rushing with a 161.0-yard average. That, however, is one of the few bright spots.

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