"I'm glad it's you, not me," Big 12 Football coaches are saying those exact words right now.
July 1, 2012, marked the day that the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University left the Big 12 and began their SEC journey. Mizzou and Texas A&M fans have been excited about this day for a long time. It officially means that they are playing football with the big boys.
The two schools will be playing in the nations best football conference. The SEC has produced every BCS Champion since 2006. Ironically, Texas in 2005 was the last champion to not be from the SEC. They are still playing in the Big 12.
Will Texas A&M and Mizzou be able to win to win with the champions? The Big 12 is a strong football conference but nothing like the SEC.
Hopefully, Texas A&M is ready for some fun. You'll love playing
Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Arkansas every year. All four of those teams
have won National Championships or have been in the Top 10 at least once
since January of 2011. Oh, and you'll play Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina every now and then too.
Missouri will be matching up with SEC East teams like Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. Tennessee used to be good and it's only a matter of time before they rise back to the top. Don't forget about the teams in the west. Teams like Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Arkansas will ready to take you down every few years. This year you will get to face Alabama.
The Big 12 may have had a fair amount of top 25 teams but what about the talent you will face in the SEC. No, it wasn't so great anymore. The SEC is now your Daddy, not the Big 12.
Don't even think about trying to say the Big 12 has just as much talent as the SEC.
If this doesn't scare Texas A&M or Mizzou fans, then you must not know anything about football. In order to win in the SEC, you must recruit the best football players. Top 20 recruiting classes will just get you to a bowl game. It's not easy to win seven let alone 10 games in the SEC.
Texas A&M already has gotten that message and has hit the ground running.The 12th Man will be sad, it's too late. The 2012 class was only the 5th best in the SEC. In the Big 12, A&M would have been smiling and grinning. Your 2012 class would have been third best in the Big 12. There's always next year.
Rivals ranks Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class as second best in the country. It still isn't the best class in the SEC. Alabama has the second best in the country, putting them ahead of A&M. You can't settle for second best in the SEC. It takes perfection to win. In the Big 12, A&M would have been on top. The future may be bright, but Aggie fans better hope that they aren't saying "There's Always Next Year" year after year.
Oh, you think you can still win in the SEC, Missouri fans? Did you just read about Texas A&M? They're better than you, if they're going to struggle, then you will too. It will take a miracle from heaven to win in the SEC, Missouri. Not with the talent the Tigers are recruiting.
Missouri fans should be scared. Very scared. Rivals rated their 2012 recruiting class at 31st best in the conference. In the SEC, that won't get you anywhere. Just Kentucky fans. Only three schools in the SEC had a worse recruiting class than Mizzou in 2012. Mississippi State and Vanderbilt had a better class than the Tigers. That's a death sentence.
Your 2013 class is not much better either. Only three teams currently have a worse 2013 class than Mizzou. Tiger fans, I hope you're ready to say, "Is it basketball season yet?" Don't worry, Kentucky fans say that too. So you're in good company. Oh, and you might want to get Kansas back on the schedule. That may give you a free win because you won't be winning very many games in the SEC.
It's not about how many Top 25 teams you faced last year, it's about the talent your conference had. The Big 12 didn't have as much talent as the SEC did. Right now, Missouri and Texas A&M just don't have the talent to win in the SEC. The future is bright for Texas A&M football.
Missouri, it's looks like you will joining Kentucky and saying, "Is it basketball season yet?" You just aren't going to win very many football games in the SEC until you get better players. Until then, enjoy the college basketball team you have.
I would be saying, "I'm glad it's you, not me," if I was a Big 12 Football Coach too.