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Reports: Oklahoma, Texas on their way to the SEC

Plenty of details need to be ironed out, but it appears all but certain the Sooners and Longhorns are off to where It Just Means More.

Texas Longhorns defensive back Brandon Jones returns a pass intercepted in the end zone during a game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners on October 12, 2019, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It appears the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns will be joining the Southeastern Conference, but as of now we just don’t know when, where, and how much it’s going to cost them.

Multiple media reports this morning are confirming what we already knew: The SEC is opening their doors to become a 16-team league, and since the Big 12 only has 10 teams presently, they will become a Big 8 once again after they leave.

So this appears all but settled, and now it’s just the how and when. The Big 12 holds the media rights for both Texas and Oklahoma until the Summer of 2025, but afterwards UT and OU could walk away for free. Considering it’s likely both the conference as well as the Longhorns and Sooners won’t want four years of awkward interactions, a financial settlement for both teams is probably the path forward here.

As for the eight remaining Big 12 teams, they likely look for schools in the American and Mountain West Conferences to form an alliance that will keep the league at a high level, but still significantly behind the ACC, Big 10, Pac-12, and SEC. The downstream effects here will take months, if not years, to shake out.

What we do know is Oklahoma is the favorite to win the Big 12 this season at -180, with Texas +800 at DraftKings Sportsbook to take home the trophy. It might be the last one either team competes for.