We started to see it last year. This year, the ripple effect will grow even wider. Next year, the effect is likely to grow wider still.
It's football-motivated conference realignment. However, it doesn't just affect large schools with strong FBS programs.
2011 saw the first mini-wave of changes. Nebraska subtracted two from its conference affiliation (Big 12 to Big 10). Colorado kept their 12 affiliation, but switched out the "Big" for a "Pac". BYU became an Independent in football, forcing them to leave the Mountain West Conference in all sports, and as a result find a home in the West Coast Conference for basketball.
While Nebraska struggled mightily in its new conference (4-14 Big 10, 12-18 overall), Colorado achieved some unexpected late-season success. The Buffaloes took Los Angeles by storm in March, winning the conference tournament and earning the automatic bid in the Pac-12's first year as an expanded league.
BYU, meanwhile, achieved modest success in its new league, going 26-9 overall (12-4 in the WCC) and earning an NCAA at-large bid.
It's safe to say both Colorado and BYU had noticeable impacts on their new leagues last season. Which teams should have a similar impact this season, in their new leagues?
Here's a look at some such teams.
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