If a College Football Playoff Leads to More Realignment, What Will It Look Like?

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If a College Football Playoff Leads to More Realignment, What Will It Look Like?
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Will Florida State still be in the ACC by the time the 2014 season starts

The start of the 2011 college football season was supposed to be a time to celebrate and get excited. However, instead, it became a time filled with confusion, panic and uncertainty, as talk of massive conference realignment shifts gripped the sport for months. 

Is the Big 12 on its deathbed?

Is the Pac-12 about to become the Pac-16?

What’s going to happen to Texas and Oklahoma?

Will Notre Dame join a conference?

Is the Big East about to become completely irrelevant?

Those were just a few of the important questions that no one seemed to have an answer for.

As it turned out, though, every conference managed to survive, and the only truly major moves were Texas A&M heading from the Big 12 to the SEC, West Virginia and TCU joining the Big 12 and Syracuse and Pittsburgh heading from the Big East to the ACC.

The college football landscape has certainly shifted a bit, but there wasn't the massive shake-ups that some were predicting.

Now, it seems the focus has shifted from conference realignment to the new future four-team playoff system that was just recently approved by school presidents.

A playoff system is something that college football fans have been clamoring for for years, but the question is, now that it’s finally a reality, how will it affect the major conference for the future?

No fan wants to endure another round of grueling realignment rumors this season, but given the recent developments and the introduction of a playoff system, it’s certainly a possibility that could happen.

If the next wave of realignment does hit college football before the 2014 season starts, here’s a look at how all six major conferences could be affected.

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