And so it is writ
According to a source, some of the natural rivalries that the Big 12 plans to prioritize in an effort to ensure multiple matchups during the regular season in 23-24 and 24-25 are Kansas-Kansas State, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Texas-Texas Tech, Baylor-TCU, and West Virginia-Cincinnati. The league is also considering Iowa State-BYU and Houston-UCF as matchups that will occur twice a season during this two-year window where there are 14 teams in the conference.
Granted, this is (a) basketball and (b) while Texas and OU are still in the conference, but feels like the writing is on the wall. When Texas and Oklahoma leave they’ll match Texas Tech and Oklahoma State and it’ll be off to the races.
The good news is that for both basketball and football they’re not limited to just one. With any luck they may give us 2 or 3 and the other two will be more regionally appropriate. I think the speculation of some here that “Of course they’re going to put all of the Texas schools together!” seems unlikely. My main concern is that they will for practical purposes consider us an eastern school rather than a Texas school and basically have three units of four rather than the four of three I would prefer.