Two collections of Cougars for Big 12 to reach 12 schools:

• Brigham Young. This is a stretch geographically, but BYU has a large Western following, good football and a strong all-around athletic program.

• Houston. It has a new on-campus football stadium and has made aggressive hires in Tom Herman (football) and Kelvin Sampson (men's basketball).

• Other options: Bring SMU back in the fold, or add Boise State to pair with BYU, or add Cincinnati to fit geographically with West Virginia.