The Baylor Bears are currently staples of the Big 12 Conference, but a local sportswriter seems to think that the team would be a “perfect fit” in the ultra-competitive SEC.
The writer is Mitch Blomert of the Waco Tribune-Herald and in his column, he proposes that Baylor should have been the Big 12 team to head to the SEC rather than Texas A&M and that a switch would have improved the program’s national standing.
“Let’s face it. The Bears can hang with SEC teams in football. Put them in the SEC West, and they’re probably a contender for the division, logjammed at the top with Alabama. I believe last year’s team would have beaten both Mississippi schools, Auburn, Arkansas, LSU and — gasp! — Texas A&M,” Blomert wrote.
“Put them in the East, and Baylor is headed to the Georgia Dome for the championship game. Last year’s East champ, Missouri, might have been the weakest division winner in years. Even Georgia, which cracked the top 10 to close out the 2014 season, demonstrated too much inconsistency throughout the season to potentially handle the Bears’ tantalizing offense.”
Well, that’s certainly an interesting argument, considering the fact that Baylor is a strong team that has won back-to-back Big 12 titles under coach Art Briles and likely would have made the College Football Playoff last season were it not for the unfortunate truth that the Big 12 does not have a championship game for football.
By heading to a tougher football conference in the SEC, the odds of Baylor making the playoff (assuming the team can keep up with the competition) would grow.
But as passionate as Blomert is about Baylor moving to the SEC, it is little more than a dream at this point. Baylor is one of just ten teams in the Big 12 and at this point, the conference needs to focus more on expanding and do all it can to convince teams like Baylor to stay IN the Big 12 rather than seek reasons to leave it.
Yes, the school’s athletic teams could very well keep up in the SEC and maybe even win conference championships then, but a move just doesn’t make sense now.
Thus, until the Big 12 opts to expand, Baylor fans will just have to get used to running rampant over Big 12 competition.
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