BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Houston set to join Big 12
The college football landscape will look drastically different in a couple of years with some schools moving around. One conference that is set to undergo some change is the Big 12, which will lose Oklahoma and Texas. But, the conference has already put its contingency plan in place.
According to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, the Big 12 has officially extended an invitation to four programs–BYU, UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati.
The Big 12 has officially extended invites to BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston: pic.twitter.com/1a13M5cLpQ
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 10, 2021
Of course, this was expected for a few weeks but now the Big 12 has officially invited these four programs after the Board of Directors agreed to do so. In fact, this was put to a vote and was a unanimous decision by the eight members, according to the official Big 12 statement.
Losing two Top 25 schools such as Oklahoma and Texas is a massive blow, but adding four solid programs such as BYU, UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati is certainly one way to combat the loss. The Bearcats of Cincinnati are currently a top 10 team in the nation, so that bodes well for the Big 12 as they will eventually watch Texas and Oklahoma head off to the SEC.
This is just the beginning of college football expansion as other conferences have pondered the idea as well.