What could college football's major conferences look like if Oklahoma and Texas really did leave the Big 12?
While it's true that Wichita State recently decided to move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the AAC, there hasn't been a ton of excitement when it comes to conference realignment lately. But ESPN's Lee Corso doesn't think it's all over. This week, he told a Houston publication that he wouldn't be surprised if Oklahoma and Texas left the Big 12 in four or five years.
Corso isn't the only person in college football who believes the Big 12's future is dicey, either.
So what would it look like if the conference's two behemoths left? Well, there are endless possibilities. Let's go over one, which has been kicked around by many in the college football community:
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State leave for the SEC, giving the conference 16 schools
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are two big prizes, and you have to think that if the Big 12 is going to split up, the SEC will be interested in some of its schools. Culturally, they're probably the best fit for the league too.
Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State leave for the Pac-12, giving that conference 16 schools as well
It's hard to see Texas joining either the SEC or the Big Ten. Why? We don't think the Longhorns would want to be in a power struggle with the likes of Ohio State/Michigan or Alabama/LSU/Tennessee/Florida.
In the Pac-12, though, they'd still be top dog. USC fans might disagree.
TCU, Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia join non-power five conferences or combine forces to launch their own league
TCU and Baylor aren't big enough for the SEC or the Big Ten to come calling. It's hard to see the Big Ten being interested in Iowa State. West Virginia isn't really a fit in the ACC. There may not be many options for these schools if the whole league folds.
They could, however, join together and add schools like BYU, Cincinnati, UConn, etc. It wouldn't be considered a "power" conference - but it'd have some decent programs in the mix.
To be clear, any kind of movement here is years away. But it's clear that the Big 12 isn't as stable as the rest of the power conferences.