It comes and goes. It is on the minds of the Sooner Nation on a regular basis. A move from the Big Twelve to another conference is not going away anytime soon. It is what can consume not only what followers of the Big Red of the South focus on, but all supporters of the Big Twelve Conference. The powers-to-be of the Pacific Athletic, the Southeastern, the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference keep a keen eye on the situation. The landscape of the major conferences would shift with a move by Oklahoma University and the look in realignment would take affect. Will it happened and when? And what is one major consideration that would please the Sooner Nation more than anything else?
Let us get to the point. Does a typical home schedule in football please the Sooner faithful when the Alabama’s, LSU’s, USC’s, Penn State’s, Florida’s and Ohio State’s come-a-calling rather than the Texas Tech’s, Baylor’s, Kansas’s, and Iowa State’s? Does a slate of perineal powers coming to Norman on a regular basis increase the interest in Sooner football, even Sooner basketball, and all other sports that OU partakes in? Hell yes it would. In spades. If you have not noticed, ducats for Sooner games, football especially, are not that hot of a ticket anymore. Never do you go to Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium and have a problem in getting a ticket at the last second to watch the Sooners, and almost always below face value. The fact of the matter, the athletic department at OU will not only have NO waiting list for season tickets, but will have an issue in SELLNG tickets on an individual basis to keep their sell-out string to continue. Many long-time season ticket holders for OU have had their accounts closed as the Sooner tickets are not the item of choice anymore in this state.
College football at OU will not continue to be what it was in the glory days when a typical home schedule today has pitiful schools such as Texas-El Paso, Tulane and South Dakota come and play in the Sooner playground. Take the Sooners 2017 home schedule. UTEP, Tulane to go along with conference games that include match-ups with Iowa State, Texas Tech, TCU and West Virginia. A marque game in the group? Maybe a couple of good games, but marque games/schools? It is a joke folks. A schedule that excites the Sooner Nation? Not in my book.
The Big Twelve schools do not bring excitement in the long of it with such weak home conference games that bring low interest teams not named Oklahoma State to Norman. The excitement does come when OU schedules the Ohio States, Tennessee’s, Nebraska’s and Michigan’s, which are future schools coming to OU in the non-conference. But on too many Saturday games in Norman who really cares to see OU paste another crappy team and school?
Sooner fans, are you as happy as a pig-in-slop getting to watch your Sooners play South Dakota, Temple, Florida Atlantic, Tulane and UTEP? Would you rather buy a season ticket that had a South Dakota on a home schedule with say Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M rather than Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas Tech? How about a conference schedule with USC, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington State, and Stanford coming to Gaylord Family? Or what about a Big Ten group of Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa, and Purdue? No more Kansas every season but a look at other schools on a rotation basis, like Alabama, Florida, California, Ohio State, Arkansas, Missouri and LSU coming to town and a Sooner visit to their place for the future. Interest you as a Sooner fan to take a trip to Gainesville, Oxford, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Los Angeles and Tucson on a scheduled conference game visit? Well, it you get it, understand it, you see my point.
Yes, OU would like to make the Big Twelve into a conference better than it is today, which is number five of five in ranking of the Power Five Conferences. But what does that do for the fans, the Sooner Nation?. Sooner Nation, you will have to answer that for yourself.
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