Admit it: You'll miss realignment a tiny bit. Maybe not during the season, but the offseason discussions and rumor mongering were oddly entrancing.

OK, mostly it was terrible.

But what we have witnessed over the past three years is a dramatic change in the landscape of college sports. We've seen big moves in the past, like Penn State, Miami and Florida State joining conferences in the early 1990s, the start of the BCS in 1998 and the ACC's raid of the Big East in the early 2000s. But never has the landscape teetered on the brink of total chaos like it has since the summer of 2010, when the Big Ten voted to add Nebraska and set off three-years of paranoia and panic from coast to coast.

Not only was the conference landscape dramatically altered, but the past three years have seen the end of the BCS and the creation of a playoff. All that's left is the collapse of amateurism, or a big conference breakup with the NCAA, two ideas that no longer seem that far-fetched.

It's been 10 years and few people have learned who's in the ACC's Atlantic and Coastal Divisions, so never has the landscape been more confusing than entering the 2013 season, when every conference will look different than it did only a couple years ago. Fortunately, thanks to the singing of a grant of media rights by the ACC's present and future schools, it appears likely that realignment is finished for the foreseeable future.

With that, we're here to clear up the confusion, set the stage for 2013 -- and beyond -- and look back to see what was gained and lost after three years of wild rumors and surprising reshuffles.

Below, conferences are ranked based on loose realignment grades since 2010. They are NOT ranked by football strength for the 2013 season. It's more of a barometer of who won and who lost the realignment game, which has mercifully reached an ending … for now.

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1. SEC

Losses: None
Future Losses: None
Additions: Missouri, Texas A&M
Future additions: None

2013 Lineup
EAST: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
WEST: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Texas A&M

Well, who else? There's no clear-cut realignment winner. Nobody annexed the entire SEC West or anything. So we'll go with the obvious choice, as the SEC's hot streak carries over to realignment, where Texas A&M joined and suddenly had one of the best seasons in school history under new coach Kevin Sumlin, with Johnny Manziel becoming the first freshman Heisman winner ever. It's only one year, but the Aggies have the infrastructure in place to sustain success -- between a huge stadium that may expand, one of the most rabid fanbases in all of sports, a rising star coach and recruiting talent from the state of Texas. The whole Texas A&M football culture is a natural fit for the SEC, and the nation's second most populous state makes for a good home for the upcoming SEC Network.

The Missouri move is solid but unspectacular, as the Tigers have had some good seasons under Gary Pinkel but have never gotten over the hump. They've been a middle-of-the-road BCS program, and if nothing else they don't do anything to weaken the SEC product. It's another new market for the league, and geographically it's not the most obvious fit, but Missouri is attached to the existing SEC footprint. Missouri's addition does no harm, Texas A&M's is a big gain, and once again the SEC comes out on top.

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2. Big Ten

Losses: None
Future Losses: None
Additions: Nebraska
Future Additions: Rutgers (2014), Maryland (2014)

2013 Lineup
LEADERS: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
LEGENDS: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern

The conference that drove realignment by adding Nebraska in 2010 opened a second wave last fall by pushing east to add Rutgers and Maryland in an attempt to make more cable subscribers pay for the Big Ten Network, and perhaps make Penn State less lonely. Unsurprisingly, this caused a chain reaction that reshaped the rest of the college sports landscape, as the ACC continues its Big East raid, the Big East continued its devolvement into a new Conference USA and Conference USA plundered the Sun Belt, which dipped into the FCS pool.

Mercifully, the Rutgers and Maryland additions were worth it if only to eliminate the Leaders and Legends division names after an embarrassing three-year run; starting next season, geography will divide the Big Ten into East (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers) and West (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin).

Had it not been for Texas A&M's rise last season, the Big Ten may be ranked No. 1 here, because historically Nebraska has had greater success, and it completely owns its home state. Still, owning the state of Nebraska isn't as important as landing a slice of Texas, and expanding the Big Ten's footprint into New Jersey and the D.C. area doesn't necessarily add a great new recruiting area (several Big Ten teams already recruit there heavily) as much as those two highly populated regions add potential cable subscribers.

Ten years ago, Rutgers would have been a joke as an addition, but Greg Schiano built the Scarlet Knights into a respectable team, and while they've yet to reach a BCS game, they're certainly not the pushover they once were (the one that is 2-22 lifetime against new division rival Penn State). Maryland collapsed after the Ralph Friedgen era started off so well, and it's quite possible the Big Ten has done nothing but add Purdue East, but it could be worse. Nebraska gives the Big Ten a fourth traditional power with a rich football history and regular top-25 teams; Rutgers and Maryland give it a greater Eastern presence without severely diminishing the football product. The Big Ten Network is thriving. Fans come to some of the biggest stadiums in the world in droves. The Big Ten championship game is a success. The Big Ten's wallet keeps getting fatter and fatter. Yes, the on-field product has its issues, but it remains a powerful, marketable entity.

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3. ACC

Losses: None
Future Losses: Maryland (2014, Big Ten)
Additions: Syracuse, Pittsburgh
Future additions: Louisville (2014), Notre Dame (2014, partial member)

2013 Lineup
ATLANTIC: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Syracuse, Wake Forest
COASTAL: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech

The pioneers of 21st-century realignment, the ACC started the first wave a decade ago by raiding the Big East to add Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech, expanding from nine to 12 and establishing divisions and a conference championship game, even if the latter has occasionally been sparsely attended. Many hailed the new ACC as a superconference at the time, a 12-team behemoth ready to push for yearly national championships. Of course, this didn't come close to happening. Instead, Miami and Florida State toiled through rough patches, and the last decade has been dominated by Virginia Tech with occasional spurts by Georgia Tech and random success by Boston College and Wake Forest (with Clemson rising back to prominence lately). Overall, the ACC has been embarrassed in January, going just 3-13 in BCS games, with two wins since expansion, and it doesn't help that Miami and North Carolina have both been through NCAA investigations.

Still, the ACC's future finally appears secure after the grant of media rights agreement. Rumors about raids by the SEC (Virginia Tech? N.C. State?), Big Ten (North Carolina? Georgia Tech?) and Big 12 (Florida State? Clemson?) all fell flat; instead, the ACC destroyed the Big East as we know it by adding Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Louisville, with Notre Dame jumping aboard in a more limited role, playing five ACC football games in each of the first three years of its deal (2014-16). Five Notre Dame games mean two or three big home events every year for ACC schools. Louisville is a rising star in the football world. Adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh is no worse than adding Maryland and Rutgers, football-wise, and might even be better.

The ACC isn't going to become the SEC, but it's finally stable, it has a stable of marketable big-name teams, it continues to produce NFL talent and it has a direct line to the College Football Playoff with permanent Orange Bowl access. The league's not perfect, but John Swofford successfully navigated a dicey situation.

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4. Pac-12

Losses: None
Future Losses: None
Additions: Colorado (2011), Utah (2011)
Future additions: None

2013 Lineup
NORTH: California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State
SOUTH: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Southern Cal, UCLA, Utah

Oh, it could have been so much more. The Panic of 2012 never really produced results. The Big 12 never collapsed. Half of it, led by flagship program Texas, didn't join the Pac-10/12/16. Instead, for once, things actually stayed relatively stable, and the Pac-10 became the Pac-12 by adding… Utah and Colorado.

The timing of adding Colorado didn't work so well. A perennially competitive program -- from 1985 to 2007, Colorado never went consecutive seasons without a bowl bid -- the Buffaloes tanked under Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree in the wake of a disastrous end to the Gary Barnett era. Hawkins fizzled after coming over from Boise State, then Embree was fired in November after just two seasons in which Colorado won a total of four games after joining the Pac-12. The only noteworthy thing the Buffaloes did last year was make Mike Leach's first season at Washington State even more miserable. The program isn't hopeless, given its past relevance, but this is a long-term rehabilitation project for new coach Mike MacIntyre at the moment.

Utah, meanwhile, at least has had some more recent success, built off the Urban Meyer era and sustained under Kyle Whittingham. In fact, the Utes have as many BCS wins in the last 10 years as the entire ACC. They won't develop into a Pac-12 power, but they're strong enough to be competitive as a middle-of-the-pack team in the league.

Neither move can match what the Big Ten or SEC did by adding big-name programs, but expanding to 12 with two logical targets got the Pac-12 a conference championship game, and it was able to launch its own TV network. It's in good hands under Larry Scott and has a deep group of solid programs.

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5. Big 12

Losses: Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas A&M
Future Losses: None
Additions: TCU, West Virginia
Future Additions: None

2013 Lineup
Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Hey, it could have been much, much worse. Remember, back in the summer of 2010, extending for a year, all the talk about half the Big 12 leaving for the Pac-10/12 or half the Big 12 leaving for the SEC? About the Big 12 actually collapsing? Nothing that big actually happened, because Texas got its Longhorn Network and decided to stay put, happy to continue as the centerpiece of the league, and Oklahoma decided to stick around (while ousting commissioner Dan Beebe).

Not that everything was perfect. Nebraska left for the greener TV pastures of the Big Ten, causing the Big 12 to lose one of its two marquee programs from the Big 8 days. Texas A&M jumped to the SEC and immediately had its best season in years. Missouri joined it and continued to tread water. And, well, Colorado left, and nobody noticed.

But the Big 12 refused to go to a WAC-like grave, hanging on to secure a new lucrative TV deal despite the instability while adding a couple solid programs in TCU and West Virginia. TCU rejoined its former Southwest Conference brethren, no longer playing a little-brother role under the direction of Gary Patterson, with the ability to be a national player consistently as the only big school in the Dallas Metroplex, one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in America. West Virginia fizzled after a thrilling start to its first Big 12 season, and the geography is a little out of whack, but the Mountaineers aren't out of place in their new league and have had solid success in the last decade thanks to Rich Rodriguez and, now, Dana Holgorsen.

There's no question that the Big 12 lost out with the departures of Nebraska and Texas A&M, but it survived, and that's what matters most. It has two of the most powerful college football programs, and it has great access to the new playoff system with the new Champions Bowl/Sugar Bowl matchup with the SEC.

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6. Mid-American

Losses: Temple
Future Losses: None
Additions: Massachusetts
Future additions: None

2013 Lineup
EAST: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Massachusetts, Miami, Ohio
WEST: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan

The MAC lives in its own happy little bubble, the only conference dancing through realignment virtually unaffected, immune to rumors and interest from other leagues. Temple returned to the desperate Big East a few years after getting kicked out and joining the MAC, while UMass joined after making the jump to FBS. That's it. The league has been stable, and, in fact, has raised its profile over the last couple years by playing exciting, high-scoring midweek games, in addition to producing the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. Very few casual fans could name all 13 teams in the MAC, but it doesn't matter. The conference will never become a power, and that's OK. It has its own little place in the world, gets on TV when it can and plays nuisance to the Big Ten and other heavyweights from time to time. May it never change.

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7. Mountain West

Losses: BYU, TCU, Utah
Future Losses: None
Additions: Boise State (2011), Fresno State (2012), Hawaii (2012), Nevada (2012), San Jose State (2013), Utah State (2013)
Future additions: None

2013 Lineup
MOUNTAIN: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State, Wyoming
WEST: Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV

Realignment nearly turned into a disaster for the Mountain West when the Big East pushed toward the Pacific by luring Boise State and San Diego with the promise of greater TV money. Thank you cards can be mailed to the Big Ten, which was responsible for the Big East's losses of Rutgers and Louisville, the implosion of the Big East as a basketball league and the decision by the Broncos and Aztecs to change their minds and stick around in more comfortable territory.

It could have been a lot worse, even if the MWC did lose three of its four most powerful programs: BYU, TCU and Utah. Boise State is a strong flagship with more TV appeal than anyone thought a school named Boise State would ever have; and Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State and Air Force, in particular, have had occasional runs of success in recent history. The new Mountain West is essentially the WAC of several years ago, now with two divisions and a conference championship game. The league doesn't come out as winners, but the return of Boise State and San Diego State allowed it to avoid disaster and continue at the top of the second-tier leagues.

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8. Conference USA

Losses: Houston, Memphis, SMU, UCF
Future Losses: East Carolina (2014, The American), Tulane (2014, The American), Tulsa (2014, The American)
Additions: Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio
Future Additions: Charlotte (2015), Old Dominion (2015), Western Kentucky (2014)

2013 Lineup:
EAST: East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, UAB
WEST: Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTSA, UTEP

Meet the new Sun Belt. Pretty much all of Conference USA's relevant teams - Houston, East Carolina and UCF, mainly -- are gone or will be gone, so the hope is that the future will see rebounds from Southern Miss and Marshall, a spark from WAC acquisition Louisiana Tech and development from FAU and FIU out of the Sun Belt. Otherwise, it's just a hodgepodge of mid-major mediocrity and young programs, and the likelihood of Bobby Petrino staying at Western Kentucky for the Hilltoppers' move is, say, 50/50.

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9. Sun Belt

Losses: Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, North Texas
Future Losses: Western Kentucky (2014, CUSA)
Additions: Georgia State, South Alabama, Texas State
Future Additions: Appalachian State (2014), Georgia Southern (2014), Georgia State (2014), Idaho (2014), New Mexico State (2014)

2013 Lineup
Arkansas State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy, Western Kentucky

The Sun Belt lost a lot, but it's not like its profile was that high to begin with. The league doesn't have the midweek ESPN2 profile that the MAC has, and mostly, on the national level, it serves as easy wins on the September schedules of SEC teams. It has had its moments --- Troy over Missouri on a Thursday night in 2004, UL Monroe over Arkansas and nearly Auburn last year -- but it's relatively anonymous with little impact outside of the New Orleans Bowl. Its realignment losses are significant, with both Florida schools and a pair of occasionally decent programs in Middle Tennessee and North Texas headed to Conference USA this year, in addition to Bobby Petrino's Western Kentucky next year. But there wasn't much room for the Sun Belt to fall, and former FCS powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern should make fairly smooth transitions in 2014, with startup Georgia State and WAC castoffs New Mexico State and Idaho joining as well. Unlike the WAC, it survived in similar shape, which is the best the Sun Belt could have hoped for amid the chaos.

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10. American Athletic Conference

Losses: The Big East name, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia
Losses that never actually played in the Big East: Boise State, San Diego State, TCU
Future Losses: Louisville (2014, ACC), Rutgers (2014, Big Ten)
Additions: Houston, Memphis, SMU, Temple, UCF
Future Additions: East Carolina (2014), Navy (2015), Tulane (2014), Tulsa (2014)

2013 Lineup
Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, South Florida, Temple, UCF

You're supposed to call it "The American." Full name: American Athletic Conference, but don't call it the AAC, and please don't confuse it with the ACC. Really, it's basically the Conference USA, but don't confuse it with that either. Nobody has continuously been in this league since the turn of the century. The only team to be in it in both 2000 and 2013 is Temple, which was kicked out for being terrible at football, only to be invited back because there was nobody else to turn to. TCU, Boise State and San Diego State all joined, only to never play a game, as TCU got a Big 12 invite and Boise State and Fresno State turned back once Rutgers and Louisville left. It also turned down a billion-dollar TV deal.

The American may be able to claim a No. 1 pick in next year's draft in Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, but that's all it has left. Louisville and Rutgers are out the door. The big six conferences have become the big five, and future conference champions will likely be coming to a Liberty Bowl near you.

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11. WAC

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2013 Independents

Army, BYU, Idaho (joining Sun Belt in 2014), Navy (joining The American in 2015), New Mexico State (joining Sun Belt in 2014), Notre Dame (partial ACC membership in 2014)

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