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The Most-Likely Landing Spots For Texas, Oklahoma If They Leave The Big 12

If Texas and Oklahoma decided to leave the Big 12, here's where we think they would go.

There's been some conference realignment chatter over the past couple of weeks.

Multiple people are saying they're convinced Texas and Oklahoma are going to leave the Big 12 conference by the mid-2020s.

A columnist for the Dallas Morning News is convinced OU wants out and that the Longhorns are likely to join them.

"Oklahoma wants out, but not necessarily by itself. I think it would like to team up with Texas in a new realignment. The contract expires in 2024, and when that happens, I think we’ll see a sea change in college football, and maybe the last one for a long while. I don’t think there’s any way the Big 12 goes on its present form at that point," he wrote.

So, if Oklahoma and Texas are to leave the Big 12, where would they go?

Here are the three potential landing spots, ranked in order of likelihood:

1. Pac-12

The Pac-12 makes the most sense because it lacks traditional college football powers, and would potentially give Texas and Oklahoma the kind of league power it could be seeking.

Geographically, it's not a terrible fit, and Colorado recently made the jump from the Big 12 to the Pac 12.

2. SEC

This might be the most-fun landing spot. Oklahoma and Bob Stoops have had some feisty words for the SEC in previous seasons. And Texas vs. Alabama/Florida/LSU would be pretty fun to watch both on the field and in recruiting battles.

Would this make the league too strong, though?

3. Big Ten

How awesome would a Big Ten that looks like this:

West Division

Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin

East Division

Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State

Sign us up for that.

Unfortunately, it's probably the least-likely scenario of the three.