Texas and Oklahoma are Stuck in the Big 12
The dream matchups of Texas and OU versus the SEC will have to wait an extra year. The Big 12, the two schools, and FOX could not reach an agreement which means Texas and Oklahoma will not be joining the SEC until 2025.
The only way Texas and Oklahoma could have joined the SEC early would be if FOX agreed to the terms. If the network let go of the Longhorns and the Sooners, then they would lose all of the profits that comes in when people watch the two teams.
According to CBS writer Dennis Dodd, "Fox would likely have demanded a return to make its future programming whole, including a top-tier selection of games years into the future given the marquee programs would have left its airwaves early."
These games would have included big time SEC vs Big 12 matchups, that would make up for all of the money Texas and Oklahoma would have brought in. These matchups would have included teams like Georgia, Alabama, LSU, TCU, Baylor, etc.
Because the Longhorns and Sooners are staying until 2025, the Big 12 will now have 14 schools for the next two years. This year the Big 12 added The University of Cincinnati, The University of Central Florida (UCF), The University of Houston, and Brigham Young University (BYU).
Earlier this year, the Big 12 announced the schedule for every team for the 2023 season. Some of the big games this year will be the TCU Horned Frogs traveling to Houston on Sept. 16, Oklahoma traveling to Orlando on Oct. 21 to take on the UCF Knights, and the Texas Longhorns traveling to Utah to play the BYU Cougars.
Luckily for the SEC, only one Big 12 school is playing an away game versus an SEC team. On Sept. 9 the Texas Longhorns look to go into Bryant Denny Stadium and upset the Alabama Crimson Tide.