There are folks out there who have estimated that could happen as soon as 2023, but according to a new Sports Illustrated report, that’s increasingly less likely to happen.
SI reports that the Big 12 is almost set to move forward with a division-less scheduling format that includes both Texas and Oklahoma for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, as well as the conference’s four new additions: the Cincinnati Bearcats, UCF Golden Knights, Houston Cougars (they were gonna sneak in there somehow or another), and the BYU Cougars.
From SI: “Members will continue to play nine league games in a divisionless model with the top two teams advancing to a championship game. The two-year format is set up for each team to play all others at least once. Historic rivalries are expected to be preserved on an annual basis with teams having permanent opponents. Those matchups are not yet official, but are likely to include games such as Oklahoma-Texas, Oklahoma State-Oklahoma, Kansas-Kansas State, TCU-Baylor and West Virginia-Cincinnati, the latter a natural regional matchup.”
In other words, Texas is seemingly set to hang tight.
Even if it wouldn’t be the first time Texas has caught the Big 12 off guard.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Wins over OU, West Virginai have Texas longing for more revenge
Austin American-Statesman: From ULM to OU, ranking every touchdown Texas has scored this season
Dallas Morning News: Texas shifted Red River’s balance of power by giving Oklahoma taste of its own medicine
247Sports: Horns247 staff predictions: Texas vs. Iowa State
247Sports: How to watch, live stream, preview Texas vs. Iowa State
Inside Texas: Texas tight ends are having a banner year, and it could get even better
Inside Texas: Humidor: Common themes for Texas football ahead of Iowa State
Inside Texas: Horns up, horns neutral, horns down at Texas football’s midseason
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: The Huddle: Recruiting notes ahead of the Iowa State game
247Sports: Where to find Texas commits in action this weekend
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns football: Harnessing recruiting momentum
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Dallas Morning News: Big 12 preseason men’s basketball coaches poll: Baylor edges Kansas for No. 1 spot
247Sports: Morning Brew: If Texas is to be a factor in Big 12 race, it starts Saturday against Iowa State
Our Daily Bears: Instant Reaction: Baylor at West Virginia
The Smoking Musket: West Virginia causes a little havoc, survives battle with Baylor to improve to 3-3 on the season
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Players to Watch: Texas
Rock Chalk Talk: 4-star PG Elmarko Jackson signs with Kansas
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Carson Wentz wore a camo suit and a fedora like a hunter in a musical
SB Nation: The Panthers need to get rid of players, and here’s who could be dealt
SB Nation: Establish the Fun: Geno Smith has been one of the NFL’s best QBs by any metric
NEWS ACROSS LONGHORN NATION AND BEYOND
- Texas volleyball takes on the Baylor Bears on Saturday at 2pm Central.