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BYU vs. Utah and other top rivalries disrupted by conference realignment

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 4:06 a.m. MDT

Utah Utes wide receiver Dres Anderson (6) celebrates his touchdown as Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Preston Hadley (7) walks away as the University of Utah and BYU play football Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah Utes wide receiver Dres Anderson (6) celebrates his touchdown as Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Preston Hadley (7) walks away as the University of Utah and BYU play football Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (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.

Things seem to have calmed down, but some of college football's finest rivalries have fallen victim of the earthquakes of conference realignment.

Lafe Peavler is a national college football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler

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