In a college football world where rivalries are fading fast due to the new realignment, it’s time to look on the bright side of things. With the SEC Football additions of both Texas and Oklahoma, a few old rivalries will be restored, and while that won’t make up for what is lost, it’s at least something.
Much like the 2010-14 conference realignment, the SEC grabs two Big 12 teams. In 2012 it was Texas A&M and Missouri who looked to build their program in a bigger, more stable conference, and now it is Texas and Oklahoma, for the same reasons.
Rivalries such as Texas vs Texas Tech and Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State will be left behind because of the move.
But because the Longhorns and Sooners are joining the SEC, they’ll be able to reinstate some classic matchups that older college football fans can remember.
3 renewed rivalries when Texas and Oklahoma join SEC Football
Texas will get to reunite with an in-state rival and an old Southwest conference foe. And Oklahoma gets to play in an old border rivalry matchup again.
All of these rivalries could possibly be restored by 2024 but reports now say 2025 is the most likely date due to the complications regarding the buyouts for leaving the Big 12.
Now look, it’s no secret that tradition is going by the wayside in college football and that money is king, but it’s good that some of these old matchups will be back.
And these might not be the last after all is said and done, so here’s to hoping for more reunions through all these changes.