Texas and Oklahoma talk about switching conferences. What does it mean for college football?


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College football is ready to start here in about two weeks. One big announcement that has shaken the football world is that Big 12 founding members Oklahoma and Texas have expressed an interest in leaving the conference and joining the SEC. This has sent shockwaves all-around college Football for a few reasons. As of July 30th, the SEC has extended, and BOTH schools have accepted that invitation.


Fans, conference administrators, players, coaches, and recruits asking many questions?

*What is this move all about?

*What happens to the Big 12?

*What will the Big Ten, Pac-12, and ACC do?

*How does the AAC figure into this?

*What does it mean for the NCAA?



What is this move all about?

This move is about two things FOOTBALL and MONEY. In the NCAA, those two things go together like milk and honey. In terms of college, athletics football is the economic driver for all other sports. Yes, Men's basketball is a big draw also. In some areas, Women's basketball, men's baseball, and Women's softball do well. FOOTBALL is the KING of the mountain when it comes to media contracts, especially alumni donations. There is no higher profile of a football conference than the SEC. In my opinion, this is purely a numbers game. The SEC has 14 teams the Big 12 has 10. The SEC offers more competition, which makes its members a hotter commodity to potential recruits. Suppose you have the chance to play on some of the biggest football platforms like Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Florida, teams that roll off of football fans' tongues. As a recruit, that is a very tempting offer no matter which school makes the offer. This is not meant to belittle the ACC, Big TEN, or Pac-12, but there is no comparison between football. The SEC boasts Six teams in the current preseason top 25, three teams in the top 6 (Alabama #1, Georgia #5, and Texas A&M #6). Both Texas and Oklahoma stand to make significant gains in terms of football revenue, not to mention an upgrade in recruits and coaches they can get. Plus, it will almost guarantee that the SEC WILL control college football.



What happens to the Big 12?

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The Big 12 was formed in 1996. When the <