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As a shift in the college football paradigm continues to unfold after news of Texas and Oklahoma potentially joining the SEC, a new development surrounding other marquee programs eager to also join the SEC has dropped.
According to Barstool Sports’ Jack McGuire, “SEC has been in serious contact with Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, and Florida State. Not clear if this will materialize, but they have their eyes on a true 20 team MEGA conference. …”
SEC has been in serious contact with Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, and Florida State.
Not clear if this will materialize, but they have their eyes on a true 20 team MEGA conference.
OU and Texas just the start. #ScoopCity
— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) July 23, 2021
While the tweet swings for the fences, notably in its reporting that OSU would be willing to depart the Big Ten, the appeal of joining the SEC in a 20-team SUPER conference, with the potential inclusion of these four programs, may prove to be an offer too good to refuse. Though news of this transition leaves much to wonder.
Although the Big Ten’s draw in ratings and revenue have outperformed the SEC’s, adding two of the Big Ten’s powerhouse programs, partnered with two from the ACC, could position the SEC to eclipse the Big Ten’s rein on revenue in the long run.
For Clemson and Florida State, pitting the ACC Network’s draw against the SEC’s is a one-sided battle that should intrigue both schools to follow through on their bid. While Clemson leaves behind a clear path to the postseason by remaining in the ACC — not that a seventh straight ACC title in 2021 has lost its meaning — the spectacle presented by joining a 20-team SEC would be jet fuel for recruiting and national presence.
As ACC fans fall on their knees over a potential Clemson exit, the realignment of teams continues to unfold and the teams that could step forward with intentions to leave their conference still remains mystery.
The report remains fresh, with all eyes set on the coming week(s) to determine the legitimacy of these seismic conference predictions.
Should these teams join the SEC? Will we see the ACC and Big Ten form into their own super conference? Let us know what you think will transpire in the coming week as OutKick continues to cover all things college football.