Texas A&M Teaches SEC a Lesson

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For the most part, conference realignment has wrought more bad than good. Longstanding rivalries (Texas-Texas A&M, Kansas-Missouri, West Virginia-Pittsburgh) have been disrupted. One conference (the Big East) will soon be a geographic farce, and another (the WAC) will soon be extinct.

However, one school's decision to change conferences has had a direct hand in one of the most exciting stories of 2012. In fact, it led straight to the most impactful upset of the season, a game that may one day go down as a milestone moment that not only alters a national championship race, but one that ushers in far-reaching changes.

When Texas A&M's leadership decided to bolt the Big 12 for the SEC back in the summer of 2011, the most common response (from myself...

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