How Could Texas/OU To Joining SEC Reshape College Football? Lets Discuss:

Matt Galatzan

Managing Editor/Publisher
Staff member
This is going to change the landscape of college athletics, and the Big 12 is well... toast. The SEC, on the other hand, is now firmly atop the conference pecking order.

There is a bunch to unpack here, but let's start with this -- What will the new SEC look like?

In that scenario, here is my guess for what would happen -- The SEC becomes the first conference to shift to a 16-team, four-division format.

That could look like this:

Division 1: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Missouri
Division 2: LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi
Division 3: Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Division 4: Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina

But what happens to the rest of the Big 12? Do the Other Power conferences try to match the SEC at 16 teams each?

Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, and TCU move the Pac 12 -- making it a 16 team league, and giving them a big footprint in Texas. That also shifts the Pac 12 into a four-team division scenario, much like the SEC will likely shift too.

Division 1: USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal
Division 2: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah
Division 3: Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State
Division 4: Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU

The Big 10 will also likely want to head down that route and could absorb Kansas and Iowa State, and sending them 16 teams as well.

In that scenario, a four-team divisional structure could be as follows:

Division 1: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana
Division 2: Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland
Division 3: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois
Division 4: Kansas, Iowa State, Iowa, and Nebraska

Not wanting to get left behind, the ACC would also likely be aggressive, and try and scoop up the remnants -- adding the likes of West Virginia, and UCF (or potentially even Notre Dame)

In that scenario, a four-team divisional structure could be as follows:

Division 1: Clemson, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Virginia
Division 2: Florida State, Miami, UCF, Georgia Tech
Division 3: North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest
Division 4: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia

It is a clean break, a bold new structure that could put all conferences on an even platform.

What do yall think?