Joel Klatt shares expectations for 2024 season as Texas and Oklahoma join SEC
Joel Klatt has digested the move by Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC, and is looking ahead to the 2024 season when so many major elements in college football will change.
Klatt said he believes the expanded College Football Playoff to 12 teams in 2024 would help the conferences outside of the Big Ten and SEC.
Klatt recalled that he’s been asked how Oklahoma and Texas would fare in the SEC.
“There’s part of me that believes they’re going to go in and be just fine,” Klatt said. “Then I start to think to myself, no, hold on, Alabama and Georgia have so far outpaced really everybody but Ohio State in terms of recruiting that it’s going to be really difficult. Now this recruiting cycle went very well for both Texas and Oklahoma. … But they’re going to have to do that 2, 3, 4 years in a row.”
The key difference, Klatt said, is it won’t be as important to win the conference with the expanded Playoff as it is now.
“I think the 3rd and 4th team in both the Big Ten and the SEC is almost assured to go to the College Football Playoff in many cases,” Klatt said.
Klatt believes the 6 spots after the best conference champions are basically going to be SEC and Big Ten teams.
“Because of that, OU and Texas, maybe they don’t have to go in there and win the conference right away,” Klatt said.