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Big 12 football: Catching up with the Big 12 expatriates

A look at the football fortunes of the four schools that have left the Big 12 in recent years: Missouri, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Colorado.
Oklahoman Published: December 25, 2013

A look at the football fortunes of the four schools that have left the Big 12 in recent years:

MISSOURI

Big 12 history: 16 seasons, no league titles, two North Division titles (2007, 2008), 63-66 conference record.

Big 12 void: Mizzou had become a solid Big 12 program, with at least a .500 conference record for seven straight seasons.

SEC performance: Disappointing maiden season in 2012, 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the league. But Mizzou won the SEC East this season with a 7-1 record, losing to Auburn in the championship game.

SEC outlook: Solid. Florida figures to rebound, but long-dormant Tennessee might not. So if Missouri can establish a recruiting base, it figures to challenge Georgia, South Carolina and Florida on a regular basis.

TEXAS A&M

Big 12 history: 16 seasons, one conference title (1998), two division titles (1997, 1998), 68-61 conference record.

Big 12 void: Loss of tradition, but Aggies had just three winning conference records their last 11 years in the Big 12.

SEC performance: A&M went 11-2 last season, 6-2 in the conference, in 2012 but fell to 8-4 and 4-4 this season.

SEC outlook: Recruiting appears promising, and excitement remains high, but the SEC West Division is like the Big 12 South Division was a few years ago. And A&M did not fare well. Six of the last eight national champs (and eight of the last 13) have come from the SEC West or the Big 12 South.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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