With all the action in college football's seemingly non-stop conference realignment chatter, it can be hard to keep up with exactly who's coming and who's going. But that's why we're here.
After two consecutive years of seismic moves -- Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC back in 2021 and then USC and UCLA to the Big Ten last year -- this year may be the most far reaching of all. Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah have decided to join the Big 12 in 2024. Meanwhile, Oregon and Washington are heading to the Big Ten, bringing the Pac-12 to the brink. And now, with the 2023 season already underway, we get the latest move -- Cal, Stanford and SMU will be headed to the ACC in 2024-25.
We've got you covered with all the domino effects, including the Big 12's expansion this year and what it means for the American Athletic Conference and everywhere else.
Below are all the conference realignment moves scheduled for the next two seasons.
(Newcomers to conferences are in bold)
The ACC has made its move, adding Cal, SMU and Stanford for the 2024-25 year.
The conference will continue to play with 14 teams this season before expanding for 2024.
2023 teams: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.
2024 teams: Boston College, Cal, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, SMU, Stanford, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.
The Big Ten has seen some of the most change over the past decade-plus as far as teams coming into the conference. Nebraska joined from the Big 12 in 2011 and was soon joined by Maryland and Rutgers, from the ACC and Big East respectively, in 2014. USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington will join the conference in 2024.
The conference will remain at 14 teams.
In one of the biggest moves in realignment history, Pac-12 schools USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington will join the Big Ten in 2024, pushing the conference to 18 teams. More announcements on future divisions will come.
2024 teams: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, UCLA, USC, Washington, Wisconsin.
Oklahoma and Texas kicked off the latest round of realignment in the summer of 2021 when the teams announced the intention to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. In what was a move originally planned for 2025, the teams decided to join in 2024 earlier this year. The conference will welcome in four teams in 2023, and then another four teams in 2024 -- all from the Pac-12.
2023 teams: Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UCF, West Virginia.
Oklahoma and Texas leave for the SEC. Colorado rejoins the conference and brings with it Corner Schools Arizona, Arizona State and Utah from the Pac-12 to bring the league to 16 teams.
2024 teams: Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, Utah, West Virginia.
Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington are leaving in 2024, essentially disbanding one of college football's Power 5 conferences.
The conference will remain at 12 teams.
UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington leave for the Big Ten. Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah will leave for the Big 12.
2024 teams: Oregon State, Washington State.
After adding both Missouri and Texas A&M from the Big 12 in 2012, the SEC will welcome in Oklahoma and Texas beginning in 2024. The move will bring former Big 12 rivals Texas and Texas A&M back together as well as former Big Eight rivals Oklahoma and Missouri.
The conference will remain at 14 teams.
Oklahoma and Texas will join the conference from the Big 12, bumping the conference total to 16 teams.
2024 teams: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Miss. State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
In 2021, Cincinnati became the first Group of 5 team to make the College Football Playoff. In 2023, the Bearcats make the move to the Big 12 along with fellow former AAC members Houston and UCF. To offset the losses, the conference welcomed in six new teams in July.
Cincinnati, Houston and UCF leave for the Big 12. Meanwhile, Charlotte, FAU, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA all join the AAC. The conference will have 14 football-playing members in the upcoming season before dropping down to 13 -- as of now -- in 2024.
2023 teams: Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, USF, UTSA.
2024 teams: Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, Rice, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, USF, UTSA.
Conference USA has the most movement of any conference this upcoming season as six teams are leaving and being replaced by five other teams over the next two seasons. Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss left the conference for the Sun Belt in 2022.
Conference USA will be losing Charlotte, FAU, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA to the AAC. The conference will add Jacksonville State, Liberty, New Mexico State and Sam Houston to replace the teams leaving. The conference will play with nine teams in the upcoming season.
2023 teams: FIU, Jacksonville State, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Sam Houston, UTEP, Western Kentucky.
Kennesaw State will join Conference USA to push the conference's member total to 10.
2024 teams: FIU, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Sam Houston, UTEP, Western Kentucky.
The MAC has not announced plans to expand or contract and will play the 2023 season with 12 teams.
2023 teams: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan.
The Mountain West has not announced plans to expand or contract and will play the 2023 season with 12 teams.
2023 teams: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming.
The Sun Belt's latest realignment happened ahead of the 2022 season as James Madison joined from the FCS while Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss joined from Conference USA. The conference has not announced any further plans to expand or contract and will play with 14 teams in 2023.
2023 teams: Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Louisiana, Marshall, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, Louisiana Monroe.