SEC expansion, what about the rest of the Big 12 conference?

On Wednesday, a report surfaced that indicated the Oklahoma Sooners were seeking to get off the ship for the SEC. It shook the landscape of college football and for good reason.

Not only is Oklahoma considering a change, it looks like their biggest rivals, the Texas Longhorns, are on their side. The top two teams in the Big 12 Conference are looking to leave the stage, which means the conference would need to find replacements, or would they?

According to former Texas Tech quarterback BJ Symons, he doesn’t think there are any suitable replacements.

He added to his original tweet that they could add teams, but that wouldn’t mean much considering the income and power Texas and Oklahoma added.

As noted in my original report on the Oklahoma / Texas jump to the SEC conference, the Big 12 conference is unlikely to survive this latest squad purge.

We take out our crystal ball to predict where the other eight schools might land.

Baylor Bear

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Prediction: Pac-12 Conference

Since the Baylor Bears have a strong basketball and baseball program, adding them to the Pac-12 would make sense. When the conference in the west first sought out the first super conference, they expected to raid the Big 12 Conference. With the conference on the verge of imploding, Baylor would help give them more presence in the state of Texas.

Iowa State Cyclones

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Prediction: Big Ten Conference

Looks like Iowa State would be a perfect fit for their head coach Matt Campbell. They are an uncompromising lunch bucket team. They do not rely on talent but on their coach who puts them in a position to succeed. Plus, the annual Iowa-Iowa State game would become a conference rivalry.

The Kansas Jayhawks

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Prediction: The ACC Conference

It looks like the Kansas Jayhawks will be in a tough spot. Their football schedule leaves something to be desired, but they do well in basketball. The CCA is a really good basketball conference so this part makes sense, but will they face a team with a bad football schedule. It remains to be seen. I could also see the Big Ten peek at them.

Kansas State Wildcats

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Prediction: The Big Ten Conference

Much like the Iowa State prediction, I see the Kansas State Wildcats staying in the Power Five with the Big Ten. Another tough football schedule that has plunged in recent years. Geographically, they are close to the Big Ten region and could resume the annual clashes with Nebraska as they did in the Big Eight.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Prediction: Pac-12 Conference

As the Pac-12 conference seeks to elevate its conference on the football front, Oklahoma State makes a lot of sense. They have a good football and basketball program that would only make the conference better. They are highly unlikely to succeed in following Oklahoma to the SEC, despite reports that the law prevents the split of the two schools in Sooner state. At least according to Jason Kersey of The Athletic.

Texas Christian Horned Frogs

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Prediction: Pac-12 Conference

The TCU prediction is a bit more murky. I could see them coming back to the Group of Five route, but adding them to Pac-12 brings this conference closer to another great conference. TCU is used to playing in the west as they were members of Mountain West before joining the Big 12 in 2012.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Prediction: Pac-12 Conference

Texas Tech does the final piece to give the Pac-12 a super conference with 16 teams. The Red Raiders were part of the original Pac-10 package before Texas crushed the whole idea and decided to stay in the Big 12. The basketball and baseball programs would improve the conference, the football program has just need to catch up to compete with the rest of the new Pac-16 conference.

West Virginia mountaineers

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Prediction: The ACC Conference

West Virginia has always been the weird duck of the Big 12 since they joined TCU in 2012. Geographically, they have to play in the east. Adding them to the ACC made perfect sense and was the easiest prediction to make. They are in addition to the conference football and basketball programs.



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