College Football News ranked the top 10 potential candidates for the Big 12 should they decide to expand. Cincinnati and Houston top the list. Here’s their quote on Houston:
Is it really possible? For the fans, yes, for the Big 12 presidents, not so much. There are two ways to look at this.
1) The Big 12 already owns Texas with Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU, and with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State close enough neighbors to form a quick and clean six-team division. The state is already carved up enough in the recruiting world, and it already has the TV markets it needs – the Big 12 brand isn’t improved nationally by bringing on Houston. Or …
2) The Big 12 no longer has a monopoly on the state with Texas A&M now a part of the SEC and with LSU and Arkansas creeping in for recruits and attention. There are only 165 miles between Austin and Houston – Houston is still going to be into the Longhorns – but this is a big school with a large alumni base.