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20hJake Trotter

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

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."

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5dJake Trotter

Future Big 12: The contenders, wild cards and ... UCLA?

The Big 12 is on the hunt for new members. There are legitimate contenders, such as BYU and Cincinnati, and there are hopefuls, wild cards and even a potential Power 5 defector.

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6dBrett McMurphy

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.

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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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7dPhil Steele

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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Team Stats

Passing Yards247.443rd
Rushing Yards239.513th
Points For40.6Tied-12th
Points Against20.5Tied-19th