The prospective scheduling alliance between the Big 12 and the SEC is on the verge of falling apart after SEC athletic directors agreed in principle on Wednesday to cancel the non-conference schedule and play a 10-game season with only conference opponents, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger.
University presidents from around the conference will meet on Thursday to discuss the plan, which would result in the cancelation of the game between the Texas Longhorns and the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge scheduled for Sept. 12.
If the SEC does adopt the plan, which it may not announce until next week, it would mark the first cancelation for the Longhorns this season. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 previously made similar decisions to only play conference football games this season. On Wednesday, the ACC announced plans for an 11-game schedule featuring one non-conference game, an idea that the Big 12 has floated, too.
It’s also not immediately clear what contractual ramifications the cancelation would have for Texas and LSU — it’s the second game of a home-and-home series, but the Longhorns don’t have an opening on the schedule until 2027. Given how much head coach Tom Herman mentioned that Texas was one of only two teams to play 11 Power Five opponents in 2017 and 2018, he likely isn’t a fan of pushing a smaller opponent off the future schedule to allow the Horns to take that trip to Baton Rouge after all.
However, 2021 is the year that makes the most sense for Texas because it’s the gap between high-profile non-conference opponents as the Horns finally travel to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks. Originally set for 2014, that game was pushed back in 2011 due to scheduling issues that resulted from realignment. The other two non-conference opponents schedule for next year are Louisiana and Rice.