Texas A&M Football fans are having a rough couple of weeks. After learning that Texas and Oklahoma would be joining the SEC, it took Aggie fans a while to recover. Texas is their worst rival and seems to carry toxic energy around.
Even so, TAMU is in an objectively better place as a program and if the two went head-to-head today, the Aggies would be considered a relatively heavy favorite. At the very least, the positive part of this that brings back one of college football’s best rivalries is a redeeming quality.
On Monday, news broke via ESPN Upstate’s Marc Ryan that doesn’t necessarily have many redeeming qualities.
Clemson could join the SEC, which could complicate things for the Texas A&M Football team
On Monday, a report surfaced detailing how Clemson and Florida State had reached out about joining the SEC. Right now, nothing is even close to being set in stone — the two teams are simply enquiring. Even so, it’s a rumor at best right now.
At this point, I’m going to ask the question that’s on everybody’s mind. At what point will teams stop asking to join the SEC?
When the Texas A&M Football team decided to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC, they had a strong reason. Their program was being overshadowed by Texas and the Longhorns could seemingly do whatever they wanted in their old conference. The teams that are now joining the SEC seem to have no reason outside of wanting to be part of college football’s superconference.
With Texas and Oklahoma, it seemed like a great move for college football. Bring two more great rivalries to the SEC and make the conference undeniably the best in college football. With the addition of Florida State and Clemson, however, things might be taken a step too far.
With these two teams in the conference, the SEC would have 15 of the last 16 college football national champions in their conference. There would be little to no competition in college football and rather than having “Power 5” conferences, you’d have a “Power 1” in the SEC.
For Texas A&M, this would mean that they’d now have to get past most of the following teams on a yearly basis if they wanted to win the SEC: Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Auburn, Florida, and Georgia.
Obviously, Jimbo Fisher and his staff would still have the goal of winning the SEC and making the College Football Playoff on a yearly basis, but that would become much less attainable. Their only hope would be to overtake ‘Bama before the rest of the teams gained entrance to the conference.
This, in short, would be a huge disaster.