In 2012, the college football landscape changed with conference realignment. Dozens of teams were shuffled around and the biggest move was the disbanding of the Big East.
West Virginia left the Big East before 2013 to join the Big 12
Pittsburgh and Syracuse left the Big East for the ACC before the 2013 season. Louisville joined them in ACC before 2014.
Rutgers left the Big East to join the Big Ten in 2014.
That left just Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida as the last remaining teams, and only UConn was a “true” Big East team (Cincinnati and USF had joined the Big East in 2005).
Those three teams, along with 9 others now make up the American Athletic Conference. They added several Conference USA teams (UCF, Houston, Memphis, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU, East Carolina) and re-added Temple and Navy, who was previously independent.
What if the Big East never disbanded though? Use your imagination here. Obviously the schedules would be very different, but what if these eight teams stayed together the last 6 years? How would the standings look?