Conference realignment is a litmus test of sorts for college football fans. You were either not caught off guard by yesterday’s expansion news – and for that matter, for either months or years likely predicted something of the sort – or you were completely stunned, which likely means you’ve yet to acknowledge that college football is, in fact, a business. Still, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners’ announcement that they’re heading to the SEC by 2025 at the latest was only but a precursor to the seismic update we received yesterday.
It’s difficult to assess the Big Ten’s move as anything but a response to the SEC. Rumor also has it that the Big Ten doesn’t expect to stop at 16, but instead increase membership to 20.
SEC would likely then counter the Big Ten’s move.
But where would they turn?
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are on the table. As are the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina Tar Heels, both of which are valuable brands in valuable TV markets. But the same could be said for the Miami Hurricanes, the Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers, all of whom will be jockeying for a spot in college football’s SEC-Big Ten future.
Regardless, hold on to your seat, folks. Realignment is just getting underway, again.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Dallas Morning News: Where are they now? Tracking SportsDay’s former No. 1 Dallas-area recruits
Dallas Morning News: Another round of realignment leaves more money for top dogs, mere scraps for everyone else
247Sports: Late Night Huddle: New Crystal Ball prediction on defense
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: Recapping Week One of Arch Madness: 10 commits, 3 five-stars, and unprecedented national recruiting momentum
247Sports: Four-star wing Jalen Shelley discusses his recruitment
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns: Ten most wanted
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns Thursday evening intel
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Frogs O’ War: TCU outfielder Garrison Berkley enters transfer portal
Frogs O’ War: TCU in the USFL: Kavontae Turpin wins league MVP, but how have other Frogs played?
Crimson and Cream Machine: 2023 LB Samuel Omosigho commits to Oklahoma
Wide Right & Natty Lite: A refresher on Cyclones in the NBA
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Kevin Durant trade updates: Latest rumors on star’s demand to leave Nets
SB Nation: Anthony Edwards showing off his football skills proves he’s good at EVERYTHING
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Texas alum Kevin Durant requests a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.