1. Houston Cougars
Current Conference: American Athletic Conference
Location: Houston, TX
It would be such a natural fit if the move was made for Big 12 football to have the Houston Cougars football program added to the mix. Houston has former West Virginia head coach and Oklahoma State Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen leading the way after he made that shocking move to sign there over the offseason.
And Houston brings an exciting offense to the table that will be led by to-be redshirt senior star quarterback D’Eriq King next season. A former Longhorns transfer, fourth-year running back Kyle Porter, also made his way to join Houston over the offseason via the transfer portal.
While it’s not realistic to expect Houston to be annexed into the Big 12 by the start of next season, having King with that program for one more year would add even more excitement. Recruiting should only improve for the Cougars from here. And the Longhorns head coach Tom Herman really saw his coaching career take off during his brief stint at Houston.
Houston might be the most logical addition to the Big 12. It would also be easy for this conference to bring in two schools like Houston and SMU. The conference would truly be run out of the state of Texas then and the two biggest areas for talent to develop here would be fully at the mercy of the Big 12.