Not too long ago it was announced that Texas A&M will join the Southeastern Conference, effective next July. They are now the 13th team in what is considered to be the premier conference in all of college football. They made this move with the intentions that it will benefit the program down the road.
So, with 13 teams in line to be part of the SEC next year, other teams are going to want to join the party and become a member of the SEC. There are many potential candidates, but these are the top four when taking into account location and prestige.
This may be a little bit of a stretch, but there are two reasons why Georgia Tech could possibly be the next to make the move to the SEC.
The first is the opposite reason Texas A&M wanted to join. While Texas A&M was tired of being overshadowed by Texas, Georgia Tech may want to give the University of Georgia a run for their money in terms of supremacy in the state. This move would give Georgia Tech the platform to contend with UGA.
Secondly, Georgia Tech would be located in the heart of the SEC. This move would make logical stance from a geographic perspective.
Florida State is a team with a rich tradition that may want to make a move in order to continue adding to that tradition. Every year, the ACC seems to take a step back in terms of national title contention and exposure.
Florida State is a powerhouse of a program and is only going to continue to get better as they brought in one of the top recruiting classes in the country. If they want to make a statement, they will jump ship to the SEC.
Ever since the ESPN 30 for 30 on "The U" aired, the Miami Hurricane football team has been viewed as a team with one of the most unique and rich traditions in all of college football. As of late though, Miami hasn't lived up to the expectations that were set in the days of Jimmy Johnson.
Miami is in need of sparking their program in order to return to the glory days, when they were the clear-cut best team in the nation, producing some of the biggest NFL stars. This move to the SEC may be the answer to their current problems.
Clemson is off to one of the best starts in the nation as they are 4-0 with two big wins over Auburn and Florida State.
Clemson moving to the SEC makes the most logical sense to me for the fact that they embody the SEC culture. They already have a strong rivalry with South Carolina and have the feel of a team that belongs in the SEC. Their style of play, fan base and location make Clemson the best option to jump to the SEC.
Texas A&M is a good addition to the SEC for a couple of reasons. First, the SEC is now expanding geographically westward and will be able to really indulge the conference with some of the great high school prospects in Texas.
Secondly, the SEC now has even more national exposure. The SEC is the talk of college football and rightly should be. The SEC is head and shoulders better than every conference in the land and will prove it again this year.
Last, A&M joining the SEC opens the door for every conference to have re-alignment with hopes down the road of a potential playoff system.