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Over the last decade or so, the conference landscape in college football has undergone a lot of changes.
Some schools have gone from small conferences to large ones. Others have gone from the ranks of the FCS or Independents to join conferences.
In a 2-part series, we’ll be looking at which schools have fared well with the changes and which ones have not. The final part of the series looks at the losers of conference realignment.
Move: From Big 12 to Pac-12 in 2011
Record Since Move: 39-73 (.348)
Overview: Colorado had began its decline prior to moving from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, but the Buffaloes were just three years removed from a bowl appearance and less than a decade removed from a Big 12 championship. In nine seasons as a member of the Pac-12, Colorado has eight losing seasons. The outlier was a 10-win season and top-20 finish in 2016. The Buffaloes have finished 2-7 or worse in conference in seven of their nine seasons as a Pac-12 member.
Move: From ACC to Big Ten in 2014
Record Since Move: 28-46 (.378)
Overview: When Maryland moved from the ACC to the Big Ten, it had a stretch of six winning seasons and seven bowl appearances in 11 years. After a 7-6 season in 2014 — its first in the Big Ten — Maryland has suffered through five straight losing seasons. Maryland hasn’t made a bowl game since 2016.
Move: From Big East to ACC in 2004
Record Since Move: 121-82 (.596)
Overview: Miami has won nearly 60 percent of its games as a member of the ACC, but have dropped off considerably as a program since joining the conference. In the four years prior to joining the ACC, Miami had won four Big East titles, three BCS bowls and a national championship. The Hurricanes also lost in the Fiesta Bowl for the national title to close 2002. In 16 years as a member of the ACC, Miami has failed to win the conference and has played for the conference crown just once. Miami has three losing seasons since joining the ACC. It had just one total in the previous 24 years.
Move: From Big 12 to Big Ten in 2011
Record Since Move: 75-50 (.600)
Overview: Nebraska has won 60 percent of its game since joining the Big Ten and has five winning seasons in nine years as a member. The bad part is that the Cornhuskers have four losing seasons in that stretch. That’s more than they had in the previous 50 years total prior to joining the Big Ten. Nebraska has suffered through three straight losing seasons. That had not happened since Nebraska had six straight losing seasons from 1956 to 1961.
Move: From American Athletic Conference to Big Ten in 2014
Record Since Move: 21-52 (.288)
Overview: Rutgers was coming off eight bowl appearances in nine years and seven winning seasons during that stretch when it left the American Athletic Conference for the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights went 8-5 in their first season as a member, but haven’t won more than four games in any season since. In six seasons as a member of the Big Ten, Rutgers has gone winless in conference three times.