SEC Football: 4 expansion candidates the conference should avoid

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In the midst of media days starting to take place around the college football landscape, there will continue to be a focus on how parties such as the SEC football conference can make moves to shake things up. With the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans announcing the move to leave the PAC-12 for the Big Ten by 2024, the conference realignment conversation is front and center once again for college football.

But it was the SEC adding the likes of the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners out of the Big 12 last summer that brought conference realignment back to the forefront of the college football landscape in the first place. Since the SEC was largely the catalyst that fueled this round of conference realignment, it’s worth taking a deeper look at what other dominos could fall in the near future.

From what we’ve seen take place in the last few weeks from the SEC’s perspective, it doesn’t sound like the conference’s administration is too intent to invite more schools to join anytime soon. A recent report from Saturday Down South saw one SEC official indicate that the conference wants to “end the expansion race” and essentially stay put at 16 teams.

Who should SEC football avoid in this round of conference realignment?

If that is the case, then the SEC’s part in conference realignment at the moment will obviously come to an end. But the SEC didn’t make any noise at all when poaching Texas and Oklahoma from the SEC. SEC fans still need to be wary of the reality of conference realignment.

Since we’ve already discussed some potential candidates for the SEC to consider for expanding further, it’s worth taking a look at the flip side of the coin.

Here’s a look at four expansion candidates that the SEC should avoid if the conference does expand any further.