Dustin Schutte | 1 hour ago
The lead-up to the 2021 college football season has been one of the most active, and interesting, in recent memory.
It started with Texas and Oklahoma announcing the decision to leave the Big 12 Conference and join the SEC. That deal was finalized recently, with presidents from the SEC unanimously voting on the acceptance of the two institutions into the league.
Friday, The Athletic’s Max Olson reported that the B1G was in talks with the ACC and Pac-12 about forming an “alliance” in response to the SEC’s power play of adding the Longhorns and Sooners. Per the report, talks about been stretched out over multiple weeks.
The alliance would also include a “broader cooperation” as the three leagues would be able to vote together on issues such as College Football Playoff expansion.
Is the SEC concerned about the potential move? Saturday Down South contributor Matt Hayes reached out to an anonymous athletic director in the league, who provided brief feedback.
“We’ll play each other, they’ll play each other,” the AD said. “Who wins and loses there?”
I asked an #SEC AD about the scheduling “alliance” between ACC/B1G/PAC-12.:
“We’ll play each other, they’ll play each other. Who wins and loses there?”
— Matt Hayes (@MattHayesCFB) August 14, 2021
With such prominent brands like Texas and Oklahoma shifting over to an already-loaded SEC, there’s been a lot of debate about what the B1G — and other leagues — should do next. But there’s been no rush to a decision.
The remaining Power 5 conferences have some time to decide what the future holds and what move might be best in the future. Either way, it’s likely going to result in the landscape looking much different sooner rather than later.