Presumably it adds a couple hundred million to the B1G Network’s bottom line as the network is no longer on an optional tier in that market.
Or another west team could be added and still slide Purdue to the east. It would make for a good time zone split, for whatever that's worth.If Oklahoma went to the B1G West, then the East would need another school to keep the divisions numbers the same. Or Rutgers can leave and Purdue can slide east.
Also I don't get why OU and even more so UT would want to leave a conference where they essentially hold all of the power to get what they want, and also get high unequal shares of revenues. They would lose a ton of political power by moving to the SEC.I understand the Big XII is not a highly respected football conference these days but with playoff expansion coming why would these teams want to compete in a tougher conference and reduce their chances of making it. Seems to me winning the Big XII will probably be enough to get into the new CFP.
As for money? Texas has its own TV network. I have no idea what OU’s finances look like but I’m guess their conference media share isn’t anywhere near the size of the SEC or B1G.
What benefit does Texas and OU have by inquiring into SEC membership?
If the SEC threw this out first, perhaps I could see them testing the waters on a split from the NCAA and setting up their own playoff.
Both likely hurt their position in football vs being the #1 and #2 most years where they are, OU at least.
I just don't see Clemson, FSU and UF migrating to a northern / midwestern conference. Maybe UVA and VT as they are more geographically attached.A Clemson/Notre Dame/Florida State/Miami join of the B1G would be pretty cool.
Interesting proposal.I am hoping that discussion is rekindled in this go around. You take the the AZ schools, CU, and Utah and put them in an east division with UT, OU, OSU, and TT and then you don't have to worry about travel and late starts.
Had we joined and played when we accepted...there would have been a real shot at a national championship in 1991.
Pretty much how I think it would have gone.On the one hand, we lost to eventual half champion Miami in the regular season.
On the other, had we been in the conference, it's probable that we run through the schedule save for Michigan (probably would have been a good game). The USC loss lends to thought: do we drop one of the other games?
Washington in the Rose Bowl, had we made it and won... Certainly half champions with the Hurricanes (who probably isn't on our OOC slate as a Big 10 member), no?
I wonder if it was OU or UT that leaked this? Could be sincere interest in the SEC. could be that, plus a hey, B1G you wanna try to get us, or even a Big XII, you better up $$$ right away.
Will be interesting to see what happens and potential cascading effects if it does.
Even if the rumor is true and UT and OU are both SEC or bust, it’d be a gross dereliction of duty if Warren didn’t at least make a couple exploratory behind-the-scenes phone calls to see which way the winds were blowing. Maybe there would be some mutual interest between UT/OU and the B1G but it would be up to Warren to see if it exists.Could be sincere interest in the SEC. could be that, plus a hey, B1G you wanna try to get us, or even a Big XII, you better up $$$ right away.
My son (Aggie class of '20) and I were talking about this yesterday. They would have to realign the divisions to make this work. We were thinking something like this to try to balance things out if both schools join the conference.
South Carolina Oklahoma
Alabama Texas A&M
Vandy Ole Miss
UK Mississippi State
We talked about swapping Auburn for Mississippi State to try to balance things out a bit.