The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.
You know that. I know that. Your mother knows that. Everyone knows that by now.
And according to some of the latest reporting, the Big 12 also plans to add the Houston Cougars, the BYU Cougars, the Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCF Golden Knights, at last bringing Big 12’s number of teams to match, well, the conference’s name once again.
Among the many, many, many, many questions at hand for how the latest round of realignment will go down in the coming years and seasons, however, is: Will the six aforementioned teams’ time in the conference overlap?
There’s insight into this particular question, too – thanks to The Athletic.
In fact, it’s possible if the four new Big 12 schools follow through with their reported intention of joining the conference in 2023, which would a require a negotiated fee for three of the schools to leave the American Conference. Texas and Oklahoma, as has also been previously reported, have stuck to their guns in saying that they plan to stick around until 2025. But will they? That probably depends on who you ask, and when you ask it.
Also, are there a million other moving pieces that make that possibility less and less likely?
The short answer: yes.
So, no, it doesn’t seem likely, y’all. The times are a’changing. Fast.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Timmy Allen driven by his mother’s spirit at Texas
Dallas Morning News: 5 things Texas fans need to know about Arkansas: Defensive core leads charge for the Razorbacks
Dallas Morning News: Luke Brockermeyer is taking advantage of Texas’ departures at LB, has made presence felt
247Sports: The Insider: Experts give first impressions of Sarkisian’s offense
247Sports: The Flagship: In-depth Arkansas preview with HawgSports publisher Trey Biddy
Inside Texas: Peering through the Hubble: Week 2 Big 12 previews
Inside Texas: Inside the gameplan: Staying clean in the pig pen
Inside Texas: Headset Heavyweights: 3 advanced metrics to preview Sark vs. Odom
Inside Texas: Arkansas Razorbacks football preview
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Podcast: Previewing the Arkansas Razorbacks
247Sports: Four-Star ATH Arlis Boardingham has four schools standing outs
247Sports: Afternoon Delight: Where things stand with four-star DL Justice Finkley ahead of decision
247Sports: No. 1 2023 offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor names his first top schools list
247Sports: Texas was the first to call Marlin 2023 EDGE Derion Gullette on Sept. 1
247Sports: Four-star 2023 SOC DB Jayvon Thomas in no hurry with recruitment
247Sports: Four-star 2023 CB Malik Muhammad sorting through options
Inside Texas: 5 Texas High School football games to watch for week 3
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Our Daily Bears: Big 12 will add BYU, UCF, Houston and Cincinnati on Friday—Yahoo and Brett McMurphy report
Viva the Matadors: Erik Ezukanma dominates the Cougars
Viva the Matadors: Matador Mailbag: What is Texas Tech’s ceiling?
Frogs O’ War: Predictions: TCU Football vs Cal
Frogs O’ War: ‘This is [not] the Cheez-It Bowl’: A Q&A with Write for California
Cowboys Ride For Free: Three Things I Want to See from Oklahoma State: Week Two
The Smoking Musket: Bluefield native Sean Martin shows improvement in season opener
The Smoking Musket: Three things I want from LIU
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Defensive and Offensive Players to Watch: Week 2
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Tom Brady is freaking out over NFL defenders now wearing single digit numbers
SB Nation: Cowboys CB Anthony Brown is eyeing perhaps the biggest game of his life Thursday
SB Nation: Bill Belichick’s comments on Cam Newton should be instructive for all of us
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Texas’ depth chart heading into the Arkansas Razorbacks game.
Run it back (Texas vs. Arkansas depth chart) pic.twitter.com/5tW6JrLRzJ— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) September 6, 2021
- In Sark’s world, every opponent is “faceless” – Arkansas included.
The Brew @Horns247: Two early nominees for the most indispensable players on the #Longhorns team ... And Steve Sarkisian is aware of #Texas' history with #Arkansas, but explains why every #UT opponent will be "faceless."https://t.co/334woNsrem.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrown247) September 8, 2021