I'm not like most who think it is an awful move for the Aggies. As a matter of fact, I think the Aggies are a year late, they should have done this when it was discusses last season....BEFORE Texas took over the Big 12.
A & M in the SEC has a lot to offer the recruits in Texas, the SEC and College Football.
Face it, right now Texas A & M is a secondary player in the Big 12, when they compete with recruits, they are always in line behind Texas and Oklahoma. Now the Aggies can have a unique selling proposition against Texas and Oklahoma, they can offer recruits a shot to play in the SEC. Playing in the SEC is much more impressive to a high school player than the Big 12. The Big 12 is basically dead with the loss of Nebraska, Colorado and Texas A & M.
The SEC is also a big winner here, they gain the Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio TV markets, not to mention a television and recruiting footprint in a state of 25 million rabid college football fans.
It would be wise for Texas and Texas A & M to continue their annual rivalry, but if Texas decides they are too wounded by A & M's departure to continue to play the Aggies, that is their problem, but A & M is fully ready to play the annual game.
The Longhons think they are going to entice ND to the Big 12 if A & M leaves, but if that was the case why wouldn't ND just join now? Why would ND wait for the conference to become even more irrelevant? My guess is ND isn't going anywhere.
As for the Big Ten, this could speed up their evaluation as a super conference. If the Big Ten is going to kep up with the big boys of college football, they will need to add teams. With the SEC going west to Texas, I think the Big Ten will make a play for Oklahoma and then look East to grab the available market in New York. This could mean Syracuse, Rutgers and Oklahoma as the Big Ten's 13th, 14th and 15th teams....with one last spot open for Notre Dame.
The Big Ten would have the luxury of holding out as a balance conference really doesn't matter and the rampant realighnment wave will eventually for ND into the Big Ten.