Big 12 Conference.

In Football, the Big 12 conference has taken a step back from other people around the country. At one time, this was one of the best conferences in college football. With Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas State all at their peak, there were few conferences better. However, Nebraska has moved to the Big Ten, Texas has dropped considerably, and Kansas State is no longer a national power.

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In order to compete with the SEC and other top conferences, the Big 12 is looking at several teams to expand. Here are a couple of names that have been thrown around by experts.

  • Boise State
  • BYU
  • Houston
  • UCONN

It will be an interesting process to watch from the outside to see which team gets picked. The great thing going for the conference is the Big 12 network. Although the Longhorn network has not been a success, there are some people who love the Big 12 network. Who will the conference decide is right for them?

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BYU.

BYU has a solid football history complete with Heisman trophy winners and great stories. In the past, this team has been able to compete with some of the best from around the country. For example, just a couple of years ago, a really good BYU team dominated Texas from start to finish. Joining the conference would go a long way in helping this school recruit with the best of them throughout the country.

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Boise State.

Over the past decade, few teams have a higher winning percentage than Boise State. The problem is that the Broncos do not play a tough schedule at all, so it is hard for them to get into the big bowl games. In the Fiesta Bowl ten years ago, Boise State had one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports by beating Oklahoma. Since that time, the Broncos have had national respect at a high level. Joining the conference would be tough for this program due to location and increasing the difficulty of their weekly competition.

UCONN.

Not happening but has been reported by some. 

Houston.

Houston had a great season last year under new head coach Tom Hermann. In the offseason, Houston made him the highest paid head football coach of a non power 5 school. In fertile recruiting ground, Houston stands to gain the most from joining the conference. Over time, it would be a great option for both sides. I think this is probably the most likely choice for several reasons. 

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