A college sports insider reveals when Texas and Oklahoma could leave the Big 12 for the SEC.
Oh, this is going to be so awkward, but don’t expect Texas and Oklahoma to bounce back for the SEC until 2024.
Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman revealed that the Longhorns and Sooners are infinitely more likely to fly to the SEC in 2024 than in 2023. With Cincinnati, Houston and UCF all joining BYU as members league officials on July 1, 2023, the Big 12 will have 14 teams for one year. There are reasons to delay leaving, but sometimes you just have to rip the bandage off.
In the meantime, the Red River rivals could take road trips to Cincinnati, Houston, Orlando and Provo before settling down entirely on the Big 12. The big question is should they stay or should they leave in 2023 ?
Oklahoma, Texas could play in the 14-team Big 12 for a year before leaving in 2024
Besides building a Dallas Cowboys-level hype machine, the biggest reason Oklahoma and Texas are delaying entry into the SEC is recruiting. Liken it to a program moving from the FCS to the Five Eyes, if you will. It’s not a scholarship increase these 12 great Blue Bloods need worry about. It’s to avoid being Food Dawg, Tiger Bait and being trampled by Crimson Elephants.
Honestly, Oklahoma and Texas will get to work as soon as they arrive at the SEC. Yes, we could have a Texas A&M-level 2012 season right off the bat, but this team had Johnny Football to take the SEC by storm. Eventually Texas A&M, and to some extent Missouri, found their way into the new league. Unfortunately, the Longhorns and Sooners have to climb the mountain first.
Initially, OU is in better shape to make the quantum leap for three reasons. First, the Sooners have already made the college football playoffs with great regularity. Second, incoming head coach Brent Venables played a big part in why Clemson operates at its peak under Dabo Swinney. And third, it’s an overall better run operation compared to their rivals Red River Showdown.
As for the Longhorns, they have to play. No one is going to kiss their yesteryear rings because four SEC teams have won national titles more recently than them (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU). They may find themselves in a strange place battling it out for mid-level bowling games with the likes of Mississippi State and South Carolina. It will be humiliating, but it will be necessary.
In the end, they only hurt themselves by delaying the inevitable. Texas and Oklahoma are giving their current players one less year to play SEC football, plus one less opportunity for portal guys to jump in and join one of the newest kids in town in the best conference that college football has to offer. They can’t dip their toes in the pool here, they have to jump in with no regrets.
Any semblance of shyness will leave the Longhorns and Sooners exposed and utterly vulnerable.