July 18, 2024

College Football Analyst Evaluates Texas’ SEC Move

One college football analyst has high expectations for the Texas Longhorns as they transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Joel Klatt of Fox Sports expressed confidence in Texas, believing they will immediately thrive in their new competitive environment. On the “The Next Round” podcast, Klatt boldly asserted that Texas could rank as high as second in the SEC, suggesting there may not be a close third contender. He highlighted Texas and Georgia as the top two teams, surpassing other formidable SEC programs like Alabama, Ole Miss, and LSU.

Klatt’s optimism contrasts with other rankings, such as ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, who placed Ole Miss at No. 6, Alabama at No. 7, and LSU at No. 14 in his post-spring top 25 rankings. Despite Alabama’s coaching change after Nick Saban’s retirement, Klatt acknowledges the Crimson Tide’s continued strength under new head coach Kalen DeBoer, with ESPN’s Football Power Index favoring them to potentially make the College Football Playoff for a third consecutive season.

College football analyst discusses where Texas ranks in SEC

Texas, fresh off a recent College Football Playoff appearance, boasts a roster bolstered by returning starters like quarterback Quinn Ewers, offensive tackle Kelvin Banks Jr., and linebacker Anthony Hill Jr. Additionally, Texas has made significant additions through both the transfer portal and traditional recruiting, ranking among the top classes by On3.

While it remains to be seen if Texas can end their 19-year national title drought, their status as a competitive force in their inaugural SEC season is clear. DraftKings Sportsbook currently gives Texas the second-best odds to win the SEC title (+320), trailing only Georgia (+200) as of the latest updates.

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