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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Sister Jean and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers announced Tuesday that the school will be moving from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Atlantic-10 in 2023.

Why it matters: Loyola-Chicago is the 24th D-I school in the past five months to announce a new league affiliation — a reshuffling that began in July with a shocker: Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC in 2025.

State of play: The Sooners and Longhorns are moving because as good as the Big 12 is, the SEC is better and more lucrative. That decision has had a domino effect, with schools now playing musical chairs.

  • Joining SEC (2025): Oklahoma and Texas (from Big 12)
  • Joining Big 12 (2023): Cincinnati, UCF and Houston (from American); BYU (independent)
  • Joining American (2023): UAB, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice and UTSA (from C-USA)
  • Joining C-USA (2023): Liberty and New Mexico State (independent); Jacksonville State and Sam Houston (from FCS)
  • Joining Sun Belt (2023): Old Dominion, Southern Miss and Marshall (from C-USA); James Madison (from FCS)
  • FCS moves (2022): Incarnate Word (Southland to WAC); Texas A&M Commerce (D-II Lone Star to Southland); Austin Peay (OVC to A-Sun)
  • Non-football moves (2023): Loyola-Chicago (MVC to A-10)

The big picture: The European Super League may have failed, but the idea behind it — money over everything — is alive and well in America.

  • Oklahoma and Texas will turn the SEC into a 16-team juggernaut, bringing college football closer to creating a super league of its own.
  • New rivalries will be born (or re-born, in the case of Texas-Texas A&M) — but only after old rivalries and beloved traditions die.

The bottom line: This isn't the first, nor will it be the last major wave of realignment. But amid a time of drastic change in college sports, it could end up being the most significant.

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The sad state of Florida collegiate football

Data: ESPN; Table: Axios Visuals

With two weeks left in college football's regular season, there's not a single major Florida program ranked anywhere close to the top 25 and just one team in the Sunshine State with a winning record.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Florida's football woes

The Sunshine State is having a college football season to forget.

Driving the news: Entering Saturday, Florida's seven FBS programs are a combined 28-42. None are ranked, and just one has a winning record.

Nov 19, 2021 - Axios Denver

A taste of Texas is everywhere in Denver

Vaca Gordo’s spin on the Frito pie, a Lone Star State classic. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

If the onslaught of license plates isn't proof enough, all you have to do is look around at some of Denver's newest restaurants to see that the Texas takeover is real.

What's new: In the past month and a half, at least two Tex-Mex restaurants have opened across the city, and plans for a third were recently announced.