The Houston Chronicle reported today that the two Big 12 juggernauts have reached out to the SEC about joining. Such a move would turn the Southeastern Conference into the largest conference in FBS with 16 teams, and add two of the nation’s most storied programs.
Naturally, a move like that would send shockwaves through the college football world. Oklahoma and Texas pretty much carry the Big 12 Conference, and their departure would likely be its death knell.
— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) July 21, 2021
But for some, this move doesn’t make a lot of sense. Texas’ recent struggles in the Big 12 have many believing that they’d be a fish out of water in the SEC.
Some are struggling to find the benefit while others think the Longhorns would be a seven- or eight-win team in the SEC:
Over/under 7.5 wins for Texas football in the SEC 😂 https://t.co/lD7haI8Oun
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) July 21, 2021
Not sure how this benefits either school but…guess here we are. https://t.co/zTCStOfKDd
— Evan Barnes〽️ (@evan_b) July 21, 2021
Still others seem to believe that this story is a pretty much a nothing-burger and that nothing will come of it:
Once a decade, like clockwork, people lose their minds https://t.co/6MHWS7vB98
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 21, 2021
In football, Oklahoma and Texas (mostly Oklahoma) have reigned supreme since the conference began in 1996. The two have won a combined 17 of 25 regular season titles – Oklahoma with 14, and Texas with the second-most at three.
For what it’s worth, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has neither confirmed nor denied the reports. But inquiring minds will likely continue to insist that he or someone else in the SEC higher-ups provide a more decisive answer soon.
Jimbo Fisher on report of Texas and Oklahoma inquiring about joining the SEC: He chuckles. “I bet they would.”
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) July 21, 2021
Will Oklahoma and/or Texas leave the Big 12 to join the SEC? And what would happen to the Big 12 teams left behind if they do?
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