Paul Finebaum, as he tends to do, stirred the pot earlier this month when he said Oklahoma wants out of the Big 12 “desperately.”
If one of the biggest names in college football does switch conferences, where could the Sooners end up? The Big Ten just might be a fit, says one columnist.
Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman wrote not to “sleep on” the Big Ten if Oklahoma winds up switching conferences. The Sooners leaving the Big 12 is still a long shot at this point, but Tramel points out the Sooners would provide a similar fit to Nebraska, which joined the Big Ten from the Big 12 in 2011.
“OU’s preference is to remain in the Big 12 and for the Big 12 to thrive,” Tramel wrote. “But if change is coming, don’t sleep on the Big Ten.”
The Big 12, which currently stands at 10 teams, took hits when Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Texas A&M joined the SEC. Would more big names be on their way out of the conference?
There are no sure signs, but as the last decade has shown in the NCAA, conferences are subject to change at any moment.
Oklahoma will get a chance to play in front of a Big Ten audience for a second straight season. The Sooners visit Ohio State on Sept. 9 for the second game of a home-and-home series. The Buckeyes were 45-24 victors in Norman, Okla., last year.