Fans React To Texas And Oklahoma Joining The SEC

After being co-founders of the Big 12 conference, Texas and Oklahoma are jumping ship to join the Southeastern Conference.

This process has taken three years for the schools to make the switch.

"This is a day we have been building toward for years," Chris Del Conte, the Texas athletic director said. "Our fans are really excited about this. You can tell by the turnout. It just means more to the fans in the Southeast Conference and their schools."

There has been an adjustment to the college football landscape this past offseason, as there will now be multiple "power-4" schools in new conferences for the upcoming 2024 season.

To point out, the Big Ten (now 18 teams) just welcomed USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington, who left the Pac-12. Then, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah are taking spots in the Big 12, while California and Stanford are joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

When viewing the two notable powerhouse programs in Oklahoma and Texas, combined they have won 18 of the past 25 Big-12 titles. In particular, the Sooners have won 14 conference titles, while the Longhorns have won four, including the last one in 2023.

Oklahoma's athletic director, Joe Castiglione, also made a statement on the school's departure from the Big 12 conference.

"We couldn't be more excited to join the SEC. Our teams are poised for success and look forward to the competition with many of America's most outstanding universities."

Texas is one of the highest ranked teams heading into the 2024 season after losing in the CFB semi-finals to Washington (January 1, 2024). With a 12-2 record last season (Big 12: 8-1), the Longhorns will look to build off their success under Steve Sarkisian in 2023, as they join their new conference.

With their schedules revealed, it certainly will be a step up in competition for both schools, as Texas may have a "welcome to the SEC moment" when they go up against Georgia (October 19), who many see as the No. 1 ranked college football in the nation.

Notably, Texas will now be able to face their long-time foes Texas A&M again (November 30), with their rivalry dating back to 1894, both teams haven't seen each other since 2011 (Texas-27, Texas A&M-25). To note, Texas will also have to travel to Ann Arbor on September 7 to go up against with the defending national champs, Michigan Wolverines.

Oklahoma will look to improve off of their 10-3 season (Big 12: 7-2) last year, however, they will not have an easy road to the College Football Playoff, as their last three games of the season include matchups against Missouri, Alabama, and LSU... welcome to the SEC.

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