Sixteen schools have joined a major conference (SEC, Pac-10/12, Big Ten, ACC and Southwest) since 1960*, and Miami has done it twice. Ranking how the immediate transitions have gone:
1. FLORIDA STATE 1992
Before ACC: An excellent independent that had had five straight double-digit win seasons before entering the ACC in 1992.
First year in ACC: Seminoles went 8-0 in the ACC, 11-1 overall and beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
Fallout: FSU won its first 29 ACC games and 47 of its first 48. Their first nine years in the ACC, the 'Noles won seven outright titles and tied for two others.
2. VIRGINIA TECH 2004
Before ACC: 8-5 in '03, but solid for a decade in the Big East.
First year in ACC: Won championship, 10-3 overall, 7-1 in the league, and lost to Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
Fallout: Also won ACC titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, plus division titles in 2005, 2011.
3. HOUSTON 1976
Before Southwest Conference: Solid independent and Bluebonnet Bowl regular (four trips in six years, 1969-74) but coming off 2-8 season in 1975.
First year in SWC: Won 30-0 at Texas, stormed to a 10-2 season, went 7-1 in the SWC to tie Texas Tech for the title and beat Maryland 30-21 in the Cotton Bowl.
Fallout: Houston also won the SWC in 1978 and 1979 but never stood so tall again.
4. PENN STATE 1993
Before Big Ten: National power as an Eastern independent. Won 1986 national title, but then dropped from their usual standard, going 8-4, 5-6, 8-3-1, 9-3, 11-2 and 7-5 in their final six seasons as an independent.
First year in Big Ten: Nittany Lions went 10-2 overall, 6-2 in the conference, and beat Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl.
Fallout: In 1994, Penn State went 12-0 and won the Rose Bowl. Didn't have a losing Big Ten season until 2003 and still has had just two in 19 seasons.
5. NEBRASKA 2011
Before Big Ten: Coming off back-to-back 10-4 seasons and consecutive losses in Big 12 title games, but no Big 12 title since 1999.
First year in Big Ten: 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the conference; lost to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
Fallout: Huskers considered a contender for Legends Division along with Michigan and Michigan State.
6. ARIZONA STATE 1978
Before Pac-10: Great in the WAC; the Boise State of its day. The Sun Devils were 75-19 the previous eight seasons, and seven of those losses came in 1976.
First year in Pac-10: 9-3 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-10. Beat Rutgers in the Garden State Bowl.
Fallout: Consistent, but not a contender in the Pac-12 for many years. ASU's conference records through 1985: 4-3, 3-4, 5-3, 5-2, 5-2, 3-3-1, 3-4, 5-2. Finally broke through and reached Rose Bowl in 1986
7. BOSTON COLLEGE 2005
Before ACC: 9-3 overall, finished in a four-way tie for 2004 Big East title with Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia, at 4-2. Had hovered around .500 for most years in the Big East.
First year in ACC: 9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference, and beat Boise State in the Boise bowl.
Fallout: Won ACC divisions in 2007 and 2008; consistent in ACC with conference records of 5-3, 5-3, 6-2, 5-3, 5-3, 4-4, 3-5.
8. ARKANSAS 1992
Before SEC: Two straight seasons, 1990-91, without a winning record, after five years of dominance.
First year in SEC: Lost season opener 10-3 to The Citadel and coach Jack Crowe was fired; finished 3-7-1 but at least was 3-4-1 in the conference.
Fallout: No winning SEC record until 1995; only three winning SEC records first 13 years. Has won SEC West three times but never the conference.
9. GEORGIA TECH 1983
Before ACC: Did not enter at high tide. Yellowjackets came off 6-5 season in '82, but six wins total in the three years before that.
First year in ACC: 3-8 overall, 3-4 in the ACC.
Fallout: Mostly mediocre first seven years in the ACC — 18-25-1 in conference. But 'Jackets won 1990 ACC title and the coaches' poll national championship
10. ARIZONA 1978
Before Pac-10: Two straight 3-4 conference records in the WAC (1976-77) but 17-4 conference record the previous three years.
First year in Pac-10: 5-6 overall, 3-4 in the Pac-10.
Fallout: One of the nation's most consistent programs. In the first 15 years in the Pac-10, 'Zona won three, four or five conference games, except in 1987, when it went 2-3-3. 'Zona's only Pac-10 title came in 1993, when it finished in a three-way tie at the top, but UCLA got the Rose Bowl berth.
11. SOUTH CAROLINA 1992
Before SEC: Decent program as an independent in the '80s before going 6-5 in 1990 and 3-6-2 in 1991.
First year in SEC: 3-5 in the conference, 5-6 overall.
Fallout: No winning SEC record until 2000. Five winning SEC records in 20 years, with one division title.
12. MIAMI 2004
Before ACC: Dominant in the previous four years, going 46-4, with three Big East titles and a co-championship.
First year in ACC: 9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference, and beat Florida in the Peach Bowl.
Fallout: Still seeks first ACC title. The Hurricanes have not so much as won a division title in the ACC and over eight seasons are just two games above .500 in conference play.
13. UTAH 2011
Before Pac-12: Great program in the Mountain West; from 2003-10, Utes were 79-22 with three MWC titles.
First year in Pac-12: 4-5 in conference, 8-5 overall, beat Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
Fallout: Picked in the middle of the Pac-12 in 2012.
14. COLORADO 2011
Before Pac-12: The Buffs won four Big 12 North Division titles in five years (2001-05) but endured five straight losing seasons upon entering the Pac-12, going 21-40 during that stretch.
First year in Pac-12: 2-7 in the conference, 3-10 overall.
Fallout: Buffs picked at the bottom of the Pac-12 in 2012.
15. TEXAS TECH 1960
Before Southwest Conference: Had been a staggering independent for four seasons after leaving Border Conference, going 2-7-1, 2-8, 3-7, 4-6.
First year in SWC: 3-6-1, 1-5-1 in the SWC.
Fallout: No winning SWC record until 1965; never an outright title, though Red Raiders tied Houston in '76.
16. OKLAHOMA STATE 1960
Before Big Eight: Three straight winning seasons as an independent, one of the better stretches in school history.
First year in Big Eight: 3-7 overall, 2-5 in conference.
Fallout: No winning seasons first 12 years in the Big Eight; only Big Eight title was a tri-championship in 1976.
*-The Pacific Coast Conference disbanded in 1959 and reformed with only five previous members. Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State rejoined within five years, and the league became known as the Pacific-8.