SEC’s Future Expansion: As the college football offseason progresses, conference expansion and realignment remain hot topics in the sports world. The SEC has been at the forefront of these discussions, making a splash last year by announcing the addition of Texas and Oklahoma, bringing their membership to 16 teams starting in the 2024 football season. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey recently addressed the subject at Media Days, shedding some light on the conference’s stance regarding future expansion.
SEC’s Outlook on Future Expansion
Despite ongoing realignment rumors and speculation about ACC teams potentially seeking an exit, Greg Sankey has indicated that the SEC is not actively pursuing further expansion at this time. With the recent addition of Texas and Oklahoma, the conference is content with its current roster of 16 teams, at least for the immediate future. However, given the fluid nature of college football realignment, the SEC is keeping its options open to navigate potential changes that may arise in the future.
Ohio State’s Dominance in Preseason All-Big Ten Teams
As the college football season draws near, Pro Football Focus has released its three preseason All-Big Ten teams for 2023. Ohio State emerges as the clear frontrunner, leading all schools in the conference with a staggering 15 selections. Archrival Michigan follows closely behind with 14 selections, showcasing their depth and talent.:
The Buckeyes boast an impressive presence on the preseason first team, with Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, and Tommy Eichenberg securing spots. All three players were All-Big Ten honorees last season, with Harrison and Eichenberg on the first team and Egbuka on the second team. Michigan, meanwhile, dominates the first-team selections with seven players, including J.J. McCarthy, Blake Corum, Zak Ginter, Drake Nugent, Kris Jenkins, Will Johnson, and Rod Moore.
Ohio State’s Dominance Continues on Preseason Second and Third Teams
Ohio State’s prowess extends beyond the first team, as they lead the conference with six preseason second-team selections. Players like JT Tuimoloau, Tyleik Williams, Denzel Burke, Lathan Ransom, Jesse Mirco, and Matt Jones showcase the Buckeyes’ depth and talent across all positions. Michigan remains a strong competitor on the preseason second team, contributing five players to the list, including Donovan Edwards, Mason Graham, Josaiah Stewart, Junior Colston, and Mike Sainristil.
On the preseason third team, Penn State takes the lead with seven selections, but Ohio State follows closely behind with six honorees. Players like TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, Donovan Jackson, Julian Fleming, Mike Hall Jr., and Jack Sawyer continue to highlight Ohio State’s dominance within the conference. Michigan contributes two selections to the preseason third team, featuring Roman Wilson and LaDarius Tennison.
As the college football landscape undergoes realignment and conference expansion, the SEC has taken a cautious approach, for now, focusing on the recent addition of Texas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Ohio State emerges as a dominant force within the Big Ten, securing a remarkable 15 selections on the preseason All-Big Ten teams. With the season fast approaching, football fans eagerly await the action on the field and keep an eye on any potential developments in the dynamic world of college football. The upcoming 2023 college football season is going to be exciting for bettors with all the details available about each game.