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Some schools show excitement, some play it casual, and some are simply hoping to be taken seriuously.
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?
Where should college football's top 25 teams turn when they need one yard to win the game on the last play? Get ready for some surprises.
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
Answering reader questions about Big 12 expansion candidates and more.
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?
Some of Texas' biggest political figures are throwing their support behind a Houston bid to join a potentially expanded Big 12.