We know the Big 12 will be expanding in the foreseeable future, but there is no word on what programs and how many could be joining the conference.
Reports have indicated the conference could decide to add as few as two and as many as four teams, but the preference is for all decisions to be settled before the start of the upcoming college football season.
CBSSports.com‘s Dennis Dodd shared the news.
Dodd wrote that the Big 12 “would prefer to wrap up the expansion process before the start of the 2016 football season.” The hope is to avoid allowing any expansion talks to overshadow the on-field product during the season.
“If the expansion teams are indeed announced before the season, that conceivably would give the new schools a chance to begin playing in the conference in 2017. For now, the league is in the process of contemplating how it will decide participants for its championship game that has been reinstated for 2017,” the article stated.
The most commonly linked teams to the Big 12 expansion are BYU, Houston and Memphis.
Houston is one of the most interesting possibilities because they are an upstart program coming off the most successful season in its history, while having the geographical location to allow budding rivalries.
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