Texas and Oklahoma Could Be on the Move to the SEC a Year Early

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The SEC could be expanding a year earlier than expected.

The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are scheduled to join the SEC in 2025. But that timeline could be changing.

Despite potential challenges, Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said on Saturday that he’s “open” to the two schools bolting a year early.

His comments came just a few days before Big 12 conference representative TCU plays Georgia for a chance to win a national title.

Incredibly, TCU managed to win a College Football Playoff game before either Texas or Oklahoma.

But the SEC certainly won’t mind, considering the increased revenue the signature schools will produce for the conference.

An earlier than expected exit from Texas and Oklahoma had been previously rumored.

READ: OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS MIGHT JOIN THE SEC MUCH SOONER THAN EXPECTED

But Yormark acknowledging it and publicly accepting the possibility seems to lend it more credibility.

Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners could be on the way to the SEC
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 08: Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Keondre Coburn (99) points to the sky after sacking Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Davis Beville (11) during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns on October 8, 2022 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SEC Could Align with Big 10 Expansion

If all interested parties agree to the early exit, the timing could prove beneficial for the SEC.

USC and UCLA are joining the Big Ten in 2024, and the College Football Playoff is expanding to 12 teams that season as well.

READ: COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF REPORTEDLY EXPANDING SOONER THAN ANTICIPATED

While the SEC certainly wouldn’t struggle for candidates to get into the expanded playoff, adding Texas and Oklahoma wouldn’t hurt.

Obviously both schools will have high expectations, but they’d also provide enhanced strength to the entire conference.

That said, the Big 12 is likely in no rush to see their signature programs leave even earlier.

Given the complexity involved in moving conferences, it’s likely we’ll see this play out sooner rather than later.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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