With the decision by the Big East to add UConn as an 11th school and the defection of the Huskies (which is coming) from the American Athletic Conference, it would seem to be a good time to look at the world of college football in terms of conference realignment.
American Athletic Conference--The only football league that is likely to make a move and even that is not a slam dunk. Let's begin with the premise that the AAC won't allow UConn to stay as a football only member, which would then leave them with 11 teams, still enough for two divisions and a championship game.
And to be quite honest, the Huskies disappearance from the AAC in football will hardly be noticed.
AAC commissioner Mike Aresco has been silent on the latest episode involving his conference, but after enduring the scare created by the Big 12's expansion talks (they did nothing) involving his teams, there is a short list.
The AAC could dip into the Mid-American Conference and go after a school like Buffalo, which has been competitive in football and basketball in recent years. It could cherry pick a Florida school from Conference USA such as FIU or FAU, or ODU. Or, it could pluck an independent such as Army, UMass or BYU, or even Liberty, which is well funded.
Chances are the independents will be the target with BYU and Army the leading contenders.
Atlantic Coast Conference--With 14 teams in football, 15 (Notre Dame) in basketball and the new ACC television Network set to debut this summer, there is no need to expand. Nor is there a logical candidate other than Notre Dame, if there was a push to get bigger and the Irish are rich and happy as a football independent.
Big Ten --There is still some chatter about moving into the South (Georgia Tech), but that time seems to have passed. Commissioner Jim Delany is retiring with a nice expansion legacy which has made the Big Ten the king of the revenue hill.
Big 12--No real expansion talk, but if it does resume it will be most likely in the state of Florida with UCF and USF the main targets
.C-USA--Could add UConn in football only, but that would be a unwieldy 15 teams. The possibility of the Conference's USA 7 team adding UConn and UMass and the creation of two smaller conferences remains a talking point. Long shot possibility. Could lose a team such as ODU to AAC.
Mid-American Conference--Adding UMass and UConn as the 13th and 14 teams in football only is the leader in the clubhouse. With those two schools and Buffalo, MAC would have a nice Eastern base and create more television exposure
Mountain West --Nice regional Group of 5 conference which is doing just fine with no major plans of expansion.
Pac-12--Seemingly stable, but a lot of inner circle disputes about distribution, television exposure and other issues which is causing enough friction for some concern about the current structure.
SEC--If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Sun Belt--See Mountain West.