Conference realignment cheat sheet 2014: Where college football teams are now

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the ramifications of the last flurry of conference realignment will finally finish in 2014. What do the new conferences look like?

For each conference whose roster is changing, we'll also figure out winners and losers. That only refers to this year, not the entire wave of realignment kicked off either five (by the Big Ten), 10 (by the ACC), or 23 (by the SEC) years ago, depending on how you look at it.

American

The moves

In: East Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa (plus Navy in 2015)

Out: Louisville, Rutgers

The teams

Cincinnati Memphis Tulsa
Connecticut SMU UCF
East Carolina Temple USF
Houston Tulane Navy (2015)

Winner or loser?

Definite loser. The AAC lost by far its biggest program in Louisville, plus one of its few legitimate second-tier teams in Rutgers. Now, the old Big East is almost an exact replica of the old Conference-USA, with its hopes of national respect as a power conference completely dashed.

Still, it might have the best shot at New Year's success of any of the non-power leagues, especially if Tulsa rebounds from a down year and Tulane continues its improvement. ECU is considered a solid program.

ACC

The moves

In: Louisville

Out: Maryland

The teams

Atlantic
Boston College Louisville Wake Forest
Clemson NC State
Florida State Syracuse
Coastal
Duke North Carolina Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech Pittsburgh
Miami Virginia

Winner or loser?

Winner. While the long-term effects of bringing Bobby Petrino back are unknown, Louisville's program is certainly at a much better place than Maryland's right now. The Terrapins pulled in a better recruiting class than the Cardinals after the Petrino fallout, but there's a lot of ground to make up there.

Big Ten

Rob Carr, Getty

The moves

In: Maryland, Rutgers

Out: None

The teams

East
Indiana Michigan State Rutgers
Maryland Ohio State
Michigan Penn State
West
Illinois Nebraska Wisconsin
Iowa Northwestern
Minnesota Purdue

Winner or loser?

Definite winner. The Big Ten is the only conference that added teams for 2014 without also losing any, and while Maryland and Rutgers are not expected to come in and immediately compete for the Big Ten title, they expand the footprint of the conference and the TV network that goes along with it.

Another win: the Big Ten realigned its divisions geographically, scrapping the confusing Leaders-and-Legends format.

Big 12

The moves

In: None

Out: None

The teams

Baylor Oklahoma Texas Tech
Iowa State Oklahoma State West Virginia
Kansas TCU
Kansas State Texas

Conference USA

The moves

In: Old Dominion (transitioning), Western Kentucky (plus Charlotte in 2015)

Out: East Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa

The teams

East
FIU Middle Tennessee State Western Kentucky
Florida Atlantic Old Dominion
Marshall UAB
West
Louisiana Tech Southern Miss (moved from East)
North Texas UTEP
Rice UTSA

Winner or loser?

Loser. Tulsa is down and Tulane is up, but East Carolina has been one of the most consistent non-power programs in the country since Ruffin McNeill took over. Western Kentucky is undergoing its second straight coaching change, while Old Dominion is completing its transition to the FBS level (as will Charlotte), so while the replacements brought in might have promise in the future, none are home-runs.

MAC

The moves

In: None

Out: None

The teams

East
Akron Kent State Ohio
Bowling Green Massachussetts
Buffalo Miami (Ohio)
West
Ball State Northern Illinois
Central Michigan Toledo
Eastern Michigan Western Michigan

Mountain West

The moves

In: None

Out: None

The teams

Mountain
Air Force Colorado State Utah State
Boise State New Mexico Wyoming
West
Fresno State Nevada San Jose State
Hawaii San Diego State UNLV

Pac-12

The moves

In: None

Out: None

The teams

North
California Oregon State Washington
Oregon Stanford Washington State
South
Arizona Colorado USC
Arizona State UCLA Utah

SEC

The moves

In: None

Out: None

The teams

East
Florida Missouri Vanderbilt
Georgia South Carolina
Kentucky Tennessee
West
Alabama LSU Texas A&M
Arkansas Mississippi
Auburn Mississippi State

Sun Belt

Kim Klement, USA Today

The moves

In: Appalachian State (transitioning), Georgia Southern (transitioning), Georgia State (officially, after transition year) Idaho, New Mexico State

Out: Western Kentucky

The teams

Appalachian State Idaho South Alabama
Arkansas State Louisiana-Lafayette Texas State
Georgia Southern Louisiana-Monroe Troy
Georgia State New Mexico State

Winner or loser?

Winner. Sure, the loss of Western Kentucky will hurt (especially at the top), but the Sun Belt had a serious numbers issue and was able to add quantity -- which is exactly what it needed. None of the programs added are particularly big gets, but Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have been two of the three most dominant FCS programs ever and have legit fanbases.

The Sun Belt's also the likeliest candidate for future expansion, with the FCS' JMU and Liberty among the programs most frequently connected via reports and rumors.

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