The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma for years now have been rivals in the brutal Big 12 Conference. Just like any other rivalry, there is bad blood on both sides, as each program tries to distinguish itself from the other.
NCAA Conference Realignment
Turns out, their rivalry will carry on into SEC as both Universities decided to change conferences, making the Southerneastern Conference the most competitive conference in recent memory.
These two schools join the likes of Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina, etc. While it is more likely than not that Texas and Oklahoma will generate more revenue and attention to their games, it could also lessen their value as a great football team based on the intense level of competition.
For example, Texas and Oklahoma will now have to face the likes of Alabama, LSU, Georgia, etc. on a yearly basis, making their odds of winning on a consistent basis much less than it was beforehand.
In the Big 12, they were known as the premier schools for years. They will now look like the underdogs after making this transition.
What does the Power 5 Look Like Now?
Due to the fact that Texas and Oklahoma are moving to the SEC, college athletics as a whole is going through a consolidation process in which the Power 5 conferences would now become “The Power 3” or “Power 4”.
If this were to be the case, strength would surely come from numbers. For example, if Clemson and FSU decide to leave the ACC like Texas and Oklahoma left the Big 12, the odds of conference survival from other member schools is more likely.
As it stands, the Big 12 has eight member schools after Texas and Oklahoma left the conference. If other conferences choose to pick up Universities like West Virginia or Kansas for example, the odds of the Big 12 even staying around are slim to none.
In order for the ACC to avoid this issue, they must not only keep their membership together, but they should consider even adding schools to the mix like Cincinnati, WVU, UCF, etc. If Boston College were to be kicked out, the chances are the conference would eventually die out despite the school generating not top dollar revenue.
Currently, the SEC is hands down the best conference in college football especially after adding Texas and Oklahoma. The second best looks to be the Big 10 followed by the ACC, Pac-12, and Big 12.
It remains to be seen what the true fallout is from this big news, but one thing is for certain, ratings and more importantly, an increase in revenue were the main reasons for the shifts by Texas and Oklahoma.
The SEC will be must-watch TV this year more than it ever was before.
If things turn out the way they hope, do not be surprised if other schools quickly abandon their conferences to join ones that generate more attention as well.