Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

SMU has announced plans to construct an indoor/outdoor football practice facility. Last week SMU notified the Big 12 of its interest in joining the conference.

Effects of death penalty lasted 22 years

The NCAA cancelled SMU's 1987 season after discovering massive rules violations. The Mustangs struggled after the sanctions and didn't return to a bowl game until 2009. 10 infamous sports scandals

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American forecast: Houston (probably) won't lose

Houston enjoyed unprecedented success in coach Tom Herman's first season. Can the Cougars keep it going? And who might challenge them from the American's East division?

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Most 700-yard games last season

Will Baylor's offense slow down without former coach Art Briles on the sidelines? Last season, the Bears totaled 700 or more yards in an FBS-best five games.

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Biggest questions to answer now in Big 12 expansion

Is Houston a favorite to join the Big 12? What about UConn, Memphis or UCF as candidates? What are the motives of league heavyweights Oklahoma and Texas? Big expansion questions need answers.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech issues statement on Houston's Big 12 candidacy: "As the Big 12 evaluates its options for expansion, Texas Tech welcomes the consideration of the University of Houston. We have always valued our partnerships with UH." - Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech's incoming president

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

In email to ESPN, SMU claims it has reached out to Big 12 to express interest in membership. "We have unique assets. … in particular, our institutional profile, tradition of athletic success and location in Dallas."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Some political context to consider as Texas leadership offers its support for Houston's Big 12 bid: UT System Chancellor William McRaven has been pursuing expansion into Houston with ambitious and controversial plans for a research center. The UT System is planning to spend $450 million over 30 years for the research center's 300 acres of land. UH regents are not happy with that plan, fearing it's an invasion of their territory. Might they be appeased by UT backing their Big 12 hopes?

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has echoed the state's Gov. and is demanding Houston be invited to the Big 12:

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston regents chair Tilman Fertitta, on his school receiving the Big 12 expansion endorsement of Texas president Greg Fenves: "I very much appreciate it. I always thought President Fenves was an intelligent man. We can't do this without the support of our burnt orange neighbors. We appreciate them all."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Memphis coach (and current Virginia Tech coach) Justin Fuente says Tigers "absolutely" could fit in the Big 12. Fuente said the ceiling is high there and "I hope the people of Memphis get that. I'm pulling for them."

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ESPN poll: Big 12 coaches favor Houston, BYU

Big 12 coaches voted under the condition of anonymity when polled by ESPN's Brett McMurphy on their preferred expansion candidates. Houston and BYU led the way with five votes each.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

If UConn found a home for football, the Big East would seriously consider the Huskies for all other sports, according to a source with knowledge. The Big East would be a natural fit. So far the 10-team Big East only has all sports members, but doesn't offer Division I (FBS) football. UConn is in all sports in the AAC. If given the choice, the Huskies would want to be in the Big 12 in all sports. But the chances that offer ever comes is still too hard to predict now.

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Big 12 set to get bigger

The Big 12 Conference announced on Tuesday that it will begin the process of reviewing expansion candidates. Multiple American Athletic Conference schools, along with BYU and Colorado State, have expressed interest in joining the conference so far. Expansion details

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said new teams could be added to league by 2017. Welcome to the next wave of conference realignment

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

The Big 12 (really 10) announced it's going to explore adding as many as four teams through expansion. The league's board of directors has authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to solicit interest from potential candidates. Among the schools that might be considered potential candidates: Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, UCF and USF. Bowlsby said the Big 12 board "saw the path forward clearly and has taken steps. We need to look at it logistically and put a plan together."

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The 13 biggest CFB surprise teams for 2016

The top of the 2016 college football heap is projected to look a lot like the end of 2015 -- starting with Alabama and Clemson. But what are the sneaky-good teams that could crash the CFP party?

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Pac-12 commish met with Houston AD last month

University of Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek met last month with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott while on a trip to the West Coast as the school tries to attract interest from Power Fi

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Rapid decline of Jayhawks and Knights

Kansas and UCF, owners of the nation's two longest active losing streaks, both have major bowl wins in the past decade. The Jayhawks won the 2008 Orange Bowl and UCF won the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.

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Will we ever see another 1,000-yard game?

Houston's single-game record of 1,021 yards of offense vs. SMU in 1989 seems untouchable. But Patrick Mahomes will put up big numbers this season -- and Texas Tech hosts Kansas on Sept. 29. 10 'unbreakable' records (Insider)