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Hello, fellow College Football Breatheren. It’s time once again for this week’s edition of the WRST Sports blog covering the United States’ favorite pastime for a Fall Saturday afternoon (Or Wednesday night if you’re a fan of MACtion).
Spring practice is in the air and before we know it, we’ll be talking about our conference predictions for the new season. Before we can do that, though, we need to figure out where teams will actually be playing in the 2013 season. So, without any further ado, here’s your handy pocket guide to what teams will be where this season.
We’ll go conference-by-conference and list any major changes if there are any.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse join from the conference formerly known as the Big East, as the ACC expands from 12 to 14 teams. To be frank, this just adds to the mediocrity of the conference as both teams haven’t exactly been standout programs of late. If these additions bring anything, it’s a fanbase in Pittsburgh that just LOVES the BBVA Compass Bowl. (Their team has made 3 straight apperances there).
Here’s a breakdown of the recent records of the teams.
Pittsburgh (last 5 seasons)
Overall Record: 39-26
Bowl Appearances: 5
Syracuse (Last 5 Seasons)
Overall Record: 28-34
Bowl Appearances: 2
As you can see, Pitt is the more solid of the two new ACC members. Syracuse hasn’t really been on stable ground, although they were on the upswing under former coach Doug Marrone (now the HC of the Buffalo Bills).
Maryland will spend one more year in the ACC before heading to the Big Ten in 2014. In its place, the ACC will raid the Big East once more for Louisville to bring the total back to 14 teams.
No changes for 2013 after adding West Virginia and TCU in 2012.
Big East/America 12/Whotheheckknowswhatwerecalledanymore Conference
The conference formerly known as the Big East will retain a few of its former teams this season, before Rutgers and Louisville depart in 2014. The trend of raiding conferences continues as Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF all join the “Big East” from Conference USA, while Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers, Temple and South Florida remain. The best of these new football programs have to be UCF and Houston (See: Case Keenum, Donnie Avery, etc), while SMU has been a middling team and Memphis has been downright putrid on the gridiron of late. Question is, will these teams be competitive after transitioning from CUSA to a “power conference”?
No changes in 2013 come to the B1G after adding Nebraska two seasons ago. Rutgers and Maryland will join in 2014, pushing the total number of teams in the Big Ten from twelve to fourteen. Makes sense.
No changes in 2013 after adding Texas A&M (along with Johnny Football) and Mizzou.
After losing four teams to the “New Big East”, CUSA will add eight teams in 2013. Among them are Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee and North Texas from the Sun Belt in addition to Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio from the WAC. Also joining at some point will be startup football programs at Charlotte and Old Dominion. Neither team plays FBS (D-1) football at this point, but will join the CUSA when they do. Tulane is expected to leave in the next few seasons to join the “New Big East” as well.
After Boise State and San Diego State declined invitations to join the Big East, they will remain in the Mountain West conference where they made their inaugural appearances in 2011. Joining the MWC this year are San Jose State and Utah State, who are leftovers after the dissolution of the WAC as a football conference.
After losing four teams to Conference USA, the Sun Belt will add two in 2013. Georgia State moves up from the FCS ranks, while Texas State moves in from the WAC.
Welp, the only teams left here are Idaho and New Mexico State. So I guess the only thing we can do is this.
In all seriousness, a conference that has brought many different legendary teams, players, rivalries, etc. is dead as a football conference after realignment. Idaho and New Mexico State will move to the ranks of the FBS Independents in 2013.
Phew…That was exhausting. A lot of changes are on the horizon for college football. And, as we’ve discussed before, it might not be done yet!
In other CFB news, The Big Ten has almost settled its division alignments for the 2014 season. The new alignments will come from the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the conference from the Big East and the ACC, respectively. The new divisions will be moved into “East” and “West” divisions, moving away from the “Legends” and “Leaders” names. The sticking point, according to the article above is should Purdue or Indiana be put in the east or the west.
Here’s what each division would look like:
Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Purdue/Indiana
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Purdue /Indiana
It’s said that Indiana will be in the west with Purdue in the east. Not necessarily the most logical choice from a geographic sense, but it’s not set in stone yet. Personally, this makes sense, because natural rivalries come back into play (Iowa vs. Wisconsin, to name one). What are your thoughts on the new plan and the 9-game schedule coming?
World of Sports
It’s March Madness, people. Need I say more?
Here are the results of Spencer’s annual Flip-a-Coin Bracket Spectacular:
Final Four: St. Louis vs. Southern, Akron vs. NC State
Championship: St. Louis over Akron
(I expect a large share of your office pool winnings when I’m right…)
One of my favorite plays and one of the many Stanzi to McNutt connections to beat Michigan State in 2009.
Until next week, Love it Or Leave It!
Spencer Wagen, WRST-FM Station Manager and Sports Broadcaster.
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