Conference realignment has slowed in recent years, mostly due to lengthy television contracts and a restructuring of college football’s postseason format. But it’s just a matter of time before it all heats up again. It’s no secret that some Big 12 ADs are already angling to push the conference to add two schools in the near future.
In the last 15 years, dozens of schools have changed allegiances. The ACC has gutted the Big East twice, taking Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame. The Big Ten now has Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers. The SEC yanked Texas A&M and Missouri from the Big 12. The Pac-12 now includes Utah and Colorado. The Big 12 has West Virginia and TCU. Those are only changes to the power conferences.
Many in the industry believe we’re eventually headed for four “super” conferences – which contain either 16 or 18 programs each. It isn’t that far-fetched of an idea, given what we’ve seen the past decade or two. It would also make the College Football Playoff much easier to predict during the season.
We’re going to go out on a ledge and predict 10 major college football/basketball programs that will be in different conferences in 2026. Let’s get started.