Re: College Football Realignment
There is still a lot to be played out in this, but something else to keep in mind, is that even before this round of conference realignment got started, there had been a lot of talk about a CUSA split, as there's a real disconnect in that league right now. I could completely see the Big East leftovers (namely former CUSA teams UL, UC and USF) rejoining the eastern branch of CUSA to form a new alliance, and the western branch of CUSA joining up with the remainders of the Big 12.
You'd basically have a reformed C-USA (with a new name, I'm sure) with Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida, Memphis, Tulane, Southern Miss, UAB, East Carolina, Central Florida and maybe Marshall. Then the other league would be something like Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor, joining up with Houston, Rice, UTEP, SMU, Tulsa and maybe TCU hooking up there with the Big East fiasco that's unfolding. This is assuming the larger conference breaks happen, with UConn, WVU and Rutgers leaving the Big East (extremely likely), and Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri leaving the Big 12 (not a 100% lock, but pretty likely to wind up the end game in this).
It would form a couple decent conferences, but I'm not sure either would have AQ status in this new coalition that seems to be forming. Something else to keep in mind is the WAC also seems like it could be in trouble right now, I could see the WAC and MWC merging in a way (of course, the whole reason the MWC exists today is because it was split off from a 16-team WAC that seemed to be about a decade ahead of its time). Some of the Big 12/western CUSA teams could have a hand in this MWC, it's just hard to say because there is much left to decided, like whether the leagues hold at 14 as it seems, or they'll push to 16, as seems to be the ultimate goal of all of the major leagues, other than maybe the Big Ten.