What Teams make the Most Sense for the Big 12?

Oct 21


Simone Frank

Simone Frank

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The Big 12 is looking to add two more teams to their conference in the coming years. These are the teams most likely to make that leap.


The Big 12 has lost a lot of prestige over the past few seasons. After the great shakeup in the college football landscape,What Teams make the Most Sense for the Big 12? Articles the conference has been on the outside looking in. They have even dropped to only 10 teams, contrary to what the conference name would suggest. The Big 12 is already considering 17 different schools to extend an invitation to, but there are some teams that seem like a better fit.

The first and most obvious school that the Big 12 is considering is Houston. Houston is coming off of a huge season in which they finished 13-1 in the AAC. That included a victory over the former national champion Florida State Seminoles. Houston also has the advantage of being located in the middle of Texas, the heart of the Big 12. The competitiveness and attractive location makes the school too much of a fit not to be one of the teams to join the conference.

Another option that may seem unlikely at first look are the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bearcats bring two attractive things to the Big 12, the first being a strong program. In the last five years in the Big East and AAC, Cincinnati has had a winning record in all five seasons. The team has also done this while constantly replacing head coaches moving to greener pastures. This would also bring Ohio recruiting into play for other Big 12 teams. The only issue is how far away the school is from others but the Big 12 didn’t have an issue with that when they added West Virginia.

One final team that could be a dark horse for the Big 12 to consider is SMU. They are reportedly on the list of schools the conference is considering and has ties to many teams in the conference. Back when the team was extremely successful, they had rivalries with all the teams in Texas, being centrally located in Dallas, and those rivalries could be brought up again if they were included in the conference. Unfortunately, the program at SMU isn’t the strongest and may force the conference to look elsewhere.

While these schools are not the only ones under consideration for the Big 12, they certainly seem to have a leg up on some of their other competition.

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