How the SEC will Benefit from Big Ten Expansion

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIMay 12, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 05:  Members of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating the Florida Gators 31-13 during the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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If the rumors are true, the Big Ten plans to ask Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame and Rutgers to join their conference. Most college football experts think this will be a win/win situation for the Big Ten, but is it?

If the Big Ten decides to invite these four teams, that leaves the rest of the Big 12 available including the big two: Oklahoma and Texas to combine with the SEC.

Mike Slive must be smiling ear to ear about this news because it will only make the SEC stronger. Slive has probably already made calls to Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A &M to gauge their interest in a possible move.

Texas brings not only one of the best college football traditions in the country to a football rich conference, but the basketball program isn’t bad either and the SEC needs another big time basketball program to bring the conference back into the college basketball spotlight. Not to mention they bring the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston/Austin markets into the mix.

Oklahoma brings the same amount of tradition in football as Texas and although their basketball program has fallen a bit recently, they normally field a very competitive team.

Also, it means natural rivals for Arkansas who used to play in the old Southwest Conference. Yet, in order for the Longhorns to agree they have to bring rival Texas A & M, but that’s not a bad thing. Texas A & M is getting back on track in football and their basketball program has been very good the last couple of years, so it would be a win-win situation for both Texas schools.

But if the SEC doesn’t invite Oklahoma, where do they turn to next? Would Slive dare make a call to Miami and Florida State again and ask if they would be interested? Or would he just add Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the mix? Supposedly, FSU and Miami turned down the SEC the first time because of basketball, but how much do you want to bet that they wouldn’t this time?

The SEC could go in another direction when it comes to picking up a couple more teams from the ACC; how about Texas and Texas A & M in the West and Clemson and one of the Tech teams (Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech) in the East? Georgia Tech and Clemson already have SEC rivals in Georgia and South Carolina, both have good football teams and their basketball teams aren’t bad either; same thing with the Hokies. The only thing is that they don’t have a true natural rival, but they would if Clemson came along.

The advantages the SEC would have adding any of these teams would be better games, larger TV markets to play with which equals more money.

Mike Slive and the SEC aren’t threatened or worried by Big Ten expansion because they know in the end, as usual, they’ll come out on top.