Bob Stoops predicts when Texas and Oklahoma will join SEC, what scheduling will look like
The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns are moving to the SEC. That much we know. What we don’t know is when the move will officially take place.
Legendary Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops also isn’t sure what the timeline for the move will be, but he shared some thoughts during a recent interview (which you can see here on YouTube).
Stoops speculated that if other remaining Big 12 teams leave the conference to join other leagues, Oklahoma and Texas could make the move to the SEC before the 2025 season:
“I don’t think we really know until we know what the future is for some of these other teams in our league. If some are going to move to a different league, they may have to move sooner (than 2025). I’m not in those high-powered meetings where that is going on about the timing of all this, but I know we’re committed to moving through our contract in 2024. But, if things fall apart ahead of that, it may be sooner.”
As for how the scheduling will work, Stoops predicts the 16 SEC teams will be divided into 4-team pods. He hopes to see the Sooners in a pod with 3 familiar foes:
“My feeling, and I haven’t been in those meetings and I haven’t been told, I would guess with 16 teams, it would be pods of 4,” he said. “Similar to the NFL. … I think you automatically start geographically, so that would be Texas, Texas A&M, us and Arkansas. Those are all some good rivalries in 1 pod.”
Will Stoops be proven right? Only time will tell.
Check out the full interview with Stoops below: