NCAA Conference Realignment: Now It's The Big 12's Turn To Expand

Josh RosenbergCorrespondent IJune 21, 2010

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 22:  Andrew George #88 of the Brigham Young University Cougars runs for yardage against Sean Canfield #5 and Keith Pankey #35 of the Oregon State Beavers during the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Colorado bolts for the Pac-10, Nebraska bolts for the Big 10.

The Big 10 is the Big 12, the Big 12 is the Big 10.

Utah is the newest member of the Pac-12.  Maybe now they'll stop complaining about a playoff.

The SEC is still the best conference.

The Big East still only has eight teams.

The ACC is still the worst of the big six football conferences.

Boise State STILL won't make it to the BCS Championship game.

This brings us to the next phase of conference expansion.  

Oh yes, college football fans. Just when you all thought the dust cleared and the conferences were done expanding, the Big 12, the one with 10 teams, should be the next of the conferences to expand. After all, they were just raided of Colorado and Nebraska.

The four teams that should be added are Texas Christian, Brigham Young, Boise State, and Houston. Texas Christian and Boise State are perennial "BCS Busters." Many predict both of them to go undefeated this season and make BCS Bowls for the second season in a row.

Boise State is very far north in Idaho, but the Broncos already travel to faraway places like New Mexico, Louisiana, and Hawaii to play WAC conference games. Going to schools in Iowa, Utah, Oklahoma, and Texas shouldn't be that tough of a commute for them.

Brigham Young is a private school rich in football tradition with a loyal, dedicated fan base that travels well. While Salt Lake City isn't a large TV market, there are more BYU fans all over the country and in the Big 12 region than one would think.

Boise State and TCU will compete with teams like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri right away and Boise State-BYU would become an instant rivalry.

Houston is one of the top teams in Conference USA. Last year, their quarterback Case Keenum threw for 5671 yards and 44 touchdowns. While it is uncertain how the Cougars would do in this new conference, Houston is a big city with big TV marketing potential that could bode well for the new Big 12.

With these four teams added, the Big 12/Big 14 can split itself up into two seven team conferences and keep the title game it had until Colorado and Nebraska left. The Big 14 also would be the largest conference in college football conference expansion.

It will restore stability to the Big 12/14 and will stop it from further deterioration. It will also quiet the BCS critics since all the controversial teams will now be in BCS conferences and will have a real shot at winning a National Championship.

Not to mention, this would make the Big 12 the best conference in college football.