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Spencer Rattler Addresses the Biggest Difference Between the SEC and Big 12

South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler is likely set to play his final year of college football in 2023, just one year before his former team, Oklahoma, joins the same conference as the Gamecocks.

In fact, Oklahoma is set to host South Carolina in Norman next season, which would create all the storylines in the world if he were, for some reason, hang around for another year.

As a former Big 12, and now SEC quarterback, Rattler has a unique perspective on how each of the leagues are comprised, and what makes them different.


At SEC Media Days on Thursday, Rattler was asked about the adjustment to playing in the SEC and how it differs from the Big 12.

“Football is football at the end of the day,” Rattler said. “But in this conference, it’s definitely the physicality. You can tell the difference. You’re playing the best players every single week. It’s the closest thing to the NFL. This is why I wanted to come here and compete with the best and prove myself as a player.”

When asked if the Sooners and Longhorns are ready to make the jump to the SEC, Rattler didn’t dive too much into his feelings on the matter.

“That’s not for me to say,” Rattler said. “I think it’s going to be fun to watch. It’ll be good competition.”

Rattler’s journey through college football has been anything but orthodox, even by today’s standards. As a five-star recruit, and the No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2019, Rattler came to Oklahoma with the expectation of becoming the next Heisman Trophy winner on the Lincoln Riley quarterback assembly line.

In his first season as a starter, Rattler lived up to the hype of his five-star billing, completing 67.5% of his passes for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns to seven interceptions.


After leading the Sooners to a 55-20 Cotton Bowl rout over Florida, Rattler and the Sooners quickly became one of the favorites to make the College Football Playoff in 2021. It was all right there in front of him, that is, until Caleb Williams stepped into the picture.

Rattler led the Sooners to a 5-0 record to start the 2021 season, but the Sooners never looked like title contenders. Midway through the second quarter of the Texas game, Rattler fumbled the ball for his second turnover of the day, giving Texas the chance to go up 35-17. Caleb Williams trotted out onto the field to start the next drive and led the Sooners to a huge comeback victory.

By now, you’re familiar with Caleb Williams’ story, as he’s gone on to win a Heisman Trophy at USC. However, Spencer Rattler made his was to the USC on the East Coast, where he started 13 games for South Carolina in 2022.’ story, as he’s gone on to win a Heisman Trophy at USC. However, Spencer Rattler made his way to the USC on the East Coast, where he started 13 games for South Carolina in 2022.

Despite struggles at times throughout the season, Rattler played his best ball to end the year, beating No. 5 Tennessee 63-38, and No. 8 Clemson 31-30 in back-to-back weeks. His six touchdown, 438-yard effort against Tennessee showed the world what he was capable of after settling into the SEC.

Heading into 2023, Rattler is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC, and his experience from both the Big 12 and SEC should help him be just that.

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