Hey football fans! The season kicks-off in a couple of hours and I think it is about time to get the rankings up and running. Last year, my blog posts were inconsistent due to the birth of my second child. I gave a lot of thought this off-season as to whether or not I actually have enough time to devote to this blog but I should have plenty of time and hopefully things will go a bit more smoothly this year.
First, let's run down the key changes to the college football landscape due to what is now annual off-season conference hopping:
- Syracuse and Pittsburgh officially left the Big East for the ACC
- The remaining football-playing members of the Big East (Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida) formed a new conference, the American Athletic Conference, along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Temple and Central Florida
- Conference USA, which lost Houston, Memphis, Central Florida and SMU to the American Athletic Conference, added Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Texas – San Antonio
- The WAC will no longer play FBS college football, with former members heading to the Mountain West (San Jose State, Utah State), Conference USA (Louisiana Tech, Texas – San Antonio) and the Sun Belt (Texas State), while Idaho and New Mexico State will play as independents
- Georgia State will play a full FBS schedule in the Sun Belt
- Old Dominion will play a half-FBS/half-FCS schedule as an independent and will join Conference USA next season.