BYU vs. Utah and other top rivalries disrupted by conference realignment
Tom Smart, Deseret News
On June 11, 2010, Nebraska changed college football forever by applying for Big Ten membership. Little did we know what effect this would have on rivalries both far away and close to home.
Colorado defected for the Pac-12 soon after as that conference made a bold bid for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. The Big 12 decided to stay together after all, and Utah received the coveted invitation to the Pac-12. BYU decided to set out as a football independent shortly after.
Then, the Big 12 lost Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC and picked up TCU and West Virginia. The Big Ten raided the ACC for Maryland and Rutgers. Teams fled the former Big East as if it was the Titanic, which in turn led the rebranded American Athletic conference to pick up C-USA teams.
Lafe Peavler is a national college football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler
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