The SEC cannot be happy about the early returns on its Oklahoma and Texas investments, as both head teams into Red River on Saturday unranked and with two losses apiece already.
Over time, the SEC will be pleased with its investments in Oklahoma and Texas, but man, things are not looking up heading into Red River this weekend…
Texas is still not back at 3-2. While Steve Sarkisian has his team playing hard, the Longhorns are closer to an 8-4 team than a Big 12 title contender this season. As far as Oklahoma is concerned, things have not exactly gone swimmingly for Brent Venables in his first year back in Norman. The Sooners also find themselves at 3-2 with a pair of conference losses to Kansas State and TCU…
Fate would have it, Red River is the only Big 12 game being played this weekend without featuring at least one ranked opponent. Just let that sink in for a minute…
Red River Refund: SEC cannot like where Oklahoma and Texas are at this season
Truth be told, this stat about the Big 12 this weekend is a tad misleading. Keep in mind that there are only 10 teams in the league currently. Although it expands potentially up to 14 next season with the additions of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF, assuming Oklahoma and Texas do not bolt for the SEC when they arrive, we only get a maximum of five conference games a week right now.
There are only four Big 12 games being played this weekend, and here they are…
- No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs at No. 19 Kansas Jayhawks: 12:00 p.m. ET
- Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners (Cotton Bowl, Dallas): 12:00 p.m. ET
- Texas Tech Red Raiders at No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys: 3:30 p.m. ET
- No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats at Iowa State Cyclones: 7:30 p.m. ET
The Baylor Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers are on their bye weeks in Week 6.
Scheduling quirks aside, what does this say about Oklahoma and Texas’ stock heading into presumably their final days in the Big 12? It is beaten down for sure, but keep in mind that the SEC’s last venture into the conference did not result in them picking up world beaters either. Missouri and Texas A&M were seen as mid-tier Big 12 teams when they came over in 2012.
While Texas A&M has had no issues fitting in culturally in the SEC, one could argue Missouri has been more successful over the Aggies. Texas A&M may be recruiting at Alabama and Georgia’s level, but Mizzou has a pair of SEC East championships under their belt. Although they play in the easier of the two divisions, on paper, Missouri has achieved more than Texas A&M since 2012.
Over time, there will be no buyer’s remorse for the SEC in picking up Oklahoma and Texas. The league is gaining two of the most prestigious brands in the sport of college football. While Texas has had a tough time in Big 12 play, outside of the days when King of the Hill was dominating on the TV, Oklahoma has largely been the best team in its league throughout its 25-year existence.
While the SEC will win eventually with Oklahoma and Texas, Red River is a snooze fest this year.