The Texas A&M Aggies informed the Big 12 conference of their intentions to part ways with the conference next year, leaving doubt as to the future of the Big12 with only nine teams remaining going forward.
Several weeks back this topic heated up, where it was led to believe that Texas A&M was very close to joining the Southeastern Conference and becoming the conference’s 13th team. And while the SEC said that future expansion is still possible, for the time being thee conference voted not to bring in the university.
This move could be the first of which the schools in the Big 12 begin to join other conferences. IT was reported that Texas and Oklahoma drew the interest of the SEC last season, as well as the Pac-12.
“I certainly appreciate the discussion among the Big 12 presidents/chancellors and the expression of their desire for Texas A&M to remain in the conference,” University President R. Bowen Loftin said. “We all agree that Texas A&M is an extremely valuable institution; thus, it is incumbent upon me, as the president of the university, to ensure that we are in a position to enhance our national visibility and future financial opportunity.”
And with the college football season on the near horizon, this will likely follow the Aggies throughout their schedule. Texas A&M would be a good fit for the SEC,, as they have an annual match up with Arkansas in the SEC West, and come into this season ranked in the top-10.The history and tradition at Texas A&M is there, and wherever they end up they will bring that along with them. And they are hoping it will be the SEC.
Texas A&M opens up their schedule on Sunday at home against SMU, with their first conference game on Sept 24. against No.9 Oklahoma State.
College Football Futures Odds at Bodog Sportsbook have set the Aggies as a top contender in the Big 12 to preseason No.1 Oklahoma, with the two squaring off on Nov. 5.