The recent conference near-meltdown reminds us all of the delicate balance that college football remains in. Fueled by network and BCS money, these often uneasy alliances dictate what matchups we see during the season and right around New Years.
Within the framework of these conferences (and a few times outside of it) are the other relationships. The "salvation" of the Big 12 exposed who controls whom in that region.
Here's a look at some of those who pull the strings and those whose strings are pulled from around the country.