When it was announced earlier this year that both Oklahoma and Texas were looking to leave the Big 12 for the SEC most fans believed it would be the end of the mighty Big 12. This is a league that is already down to just 10 schools, and it would be down to eight with the departures.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby ensured fans and schools in the league that he had a plan, and he executed that plan last weekend. The league has announced that four schools will be joining the league, and they come from all different parts of the country.
The four schools joining the Big 12 Conference are Houston, BYU, Cincinnati, and UCF. BYU is an independent when it comes to college football while the other three schools compete in the American Athletic Conference.
None of these four schools have name recognition even close to Texas or Oklahoma, but a few of the teams have actually had better football teams over the last few years. Sure, the other sports will be affected as well, but this decision was made solely based on football.
By adding UCF, the Big 12 Conference will now have a presence in the state of Florida, and they have also expanded West into Utah. All four programs will face some adversity early on when joining the league, but that isn’t going to last.
What the Big 12 also added is more competition, and that should make for a much more exciting playoff race as well. Oklahoma has been the class of the Big 12 Conference, but now it will be up for grabs.
It will be interesting to see if other conferences make moves to try and rival what the SEC has done, but the Big 12 made a smart move by quickly adding these four universities.
Texas Can’t Compete
The Texas Longhorns got their first “taste” of SEC action this weekend as they took on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Texas left that game with a bad taste in their mouth, and perhaps had second thoughts about rejoining that league altogether.
Arkansas came away with a 40-21 victory in that game, and the final score was actually a bit closer than what took place on the field. While the Razorbacks are a Top 25 team this season, they are traditionally one of the weaker teams in that league.
The Longhorns do have Steve Sarkisian leading the way, and he has plenty of knowledge of the SEC. The problem for Texas is going to be on the recruiting side of things, and it’s hard to see the Longhorns being able to keep up.
Oklahoma shouldn’t have any trouble getting enough talent, but it’s hard to see the Sooners being a consistent threat in the SEC either. The Sooners have had some issues against elite SEC teams in the College Football Playoff, and they are now going to play those teams every single week.
The money is great for both schools, but it’s going to hurt the brand of football at each university. Money talks, but don’t be expecting many conference championships from either of the Big 12 Conference castoffs anytime soon.