2012 Conference Realignment
May 21, 2012
The team rosters of seven conferences were affected by the latest round of realignment and the 2012 season will kick off with 8 teams in different leagues. Additionally, 4 teams are transitioning from the FCS to the FBS to increase the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision to 124 schools. None of the four new FBS entrants - Massachusetts, South Alabama, Texas State and UTSA (Texas-San Antonio) are eligible to receive a bowl bid or claim their respective conference's championship.
Loses (2): Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC.
Welcomes (2): TCU from the Mountain West and West Virginia from the Big East.
Loses: (1) West Virginia to the Big 12.
Welcomes: (1) Temple from the MAC. (Temple was evicted from the Big East after the 2004 season and the Owls played in the MAC from 2005-2011).
Loses: (1) Temple to the Big East.
Welcomes: (1) UMass from the FCS.
Loses: (1) TCU to the Big 12.
Welcomes: (3) Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada from the WAC. Increases its overall membership from 8 teams in 2011 to 10 schools in 2012.
Welcomes: (2) Missouri to the SEC East and Texas A&M to the SEC West. Increases its overall membership from 12 teams in 2011 to 14 schools in 2012.
Welcomes: (1) South Alabama from the FCS.
Loses: (3) Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii to the Mountain West.
Welcomes: (2) Texas State and UTSA from the FCS. Decreases its overall membership from 8 teams in 2011 to 7 schools in 2012.