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CBS Sports analyst predicts BYU to Big 12 happens next year if league misses out on playoffs

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  • Mexican Ute mexico, 00
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    I would like to see BYU in the Big 12.

    They will have growing pains, just like Utah currently has growing pains in a power conference.

    They are going to need a buddy to go with them though. Perhaps you could grab Air Force or CSU if not San Diego State to get the Colorado market back in Big 12 Territory.

    Besides the Big 12 is more conservative than the Pac 12.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    I love it when BYU fans say, "Let's just wait and see," or "It's probably best to adopt a wait and see attitude on this one--for now." Umm, yeah--that might be a good strategy. So much more reasonable than the "Let's print a bunch of tee shirts and make our Conference Championship Game travel plans right now," strategy. Saves you money!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    @ Missouri Coug

    BYU would become the ND of the Midwest by...... joining a conference? What?

  • Missouri Coug Greenwood, MO
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    We welcome BYU to the HEARTLAND OF AMERICA...We have many avid BYU FANS in KANSAS, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS, COLORADO, that would drive to anyone of these states to watch BYU play in every sport they have, not just football. Have driven many times from Texas, Kansas, and Missouri to games when BYU Played in the area. BYU would become the Notre Dame of the Midwest, if they were to come to the BIG 12 (which is now minus 2) to be the BIG TWELVE...
    May the so-called BIG TWELVE get their heads out of the sand and GO COUGS....

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:48 p.m.

    @JustGordon

    We all know that if BYU joins the Big 12 that they will struggle more than usual, especially at first. What we don't know, however, is if they will do worse than Utah. Just because Utah has won the head-to-head the last few years does not mean that you can accurately assume that Utah will have better success against other opponents.

    Those kinds of assumptions are very difficult to predict; after all, in 2012 Utah beat BYU but lost to Utah State, so using your logic BYU should have lost to USU. But they didn't.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Aug. 30, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    As someone else mentioned here. I could easily see San Diego St. being invited. Take them and you are instantly in the S. Cal TV market.

  • Jeff29 Draper, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    @JustGordon

    Please explain how adding Louisville and Cincy makes more economic sense.

    First Louisville is part of the ACC who not only has a $52 Million exit fee, but also has Grant of Media Rights through 2027 (meaning if a school leaves, the ACC still gets all of their media revenue). I know Maryland challenged this and only had to pay $31.2 Million, but the ACC has since shored up those agreements to make them much harder to challenge. Louisville is not leaving the ACC.

    Second, Cincinnatti? Really? Makes more economic sense than BYU? Fanbase, stadium size, annual revenue, tv draws, etc, etc, etc. BYU wins in every category except maybe travel distance, which is not significant for anyone but West Virginia.

    But, please, feel free to make your case based on economics.

    If the Big12 could have a do-over, they would take 2 schools from from the Southeast (UCF and either USF or Tulane) and 2 teams from the West (BYU and UNLV or SDSU), and they would have not taken TCU and WV (those were desperation moves to get back to 10 -- kind of like the PAC12 taking Utah after CO accepted an invite but UT, OU and OSU rejected theirs).

  • Robert Johnson Sunland, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    You only have to take a look at BYU's schedule this year to see that this would be a great thing for BYU fans. BYU getting into a league is the only thing that is going to save them from football obscurity. It would be great for BYU and football in the state of Utah. Here's one UTE fan that is hoping this happens for BYU.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    The chances of BYU being invited to join the Big12 are slim and none. As previously noted the school has already fumbled its chances previously behaving too much like another Texas. Those fans that think the Cougars upon joining will be one of the two four programs in the conference should look to the problems the Utes have had sustaining real P5 conference schedule something BYU has never had to face. If the Utes who have prevailed over the Cougars 9 out of the last 12 years are having issues, it will only be worse for the Cougars.

    Adding both BYU and CFU makes little economic sense. Adding Cincinnati and Louisville does. Shorter travel, travel partners and access to the talent rich Ohio football market with larger markets makes the m sot economic sense. Remember, adding BYU to the Big 12 cost present members more money than BYU could bring in.,which is the economic reality of why BYU is still struggling for a conference to join.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Aug. 30, 2014 5:47 a.m.

    This upcoming game against Texas could be the most important game in BYU football history. If BYU wins, which I believe can happen. The message gets sent and everyone in football will get it. If they loose we hear the story of the big stage again. Whether its Big 12 or PAC 12 they really do fit. Historically they have proven that they can beat any of those teams on a given night. You know what? Those teams know it. This game is huge, they have to win.
    Jeff

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    It would be nice if those in BYU governance allowed Tom Holmoe to make that decision, but 3 years ago they shot it down more than Big 12 media partners not wanting the "no Sunday play" policy BYU strictly adhere's to. There are some in the group who don't like the BYU athletic mission and feel "it detracts from the mission of state institutions." What the supporters on the BOT of BYU athletics point out to those who've wanted to curtail or even "Rexburgize" the program is another state school in the form of UVU would emerge very quickly in that wake down in Utah County and defeat the idea of helping Utah State University regain any athletic program relevance. Even more the idea of the NFL making it's way to Salt Lake City would certainly deflate any gains made by the University of Utah over the past 2 decades. How relevant is Arizona State since the Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:03 p.m.

    @71-39
    You couldn't be more wrong.
    Apparently you're reading things into it because I am very Pro BYU. Now, reread what I wrote. I state exactly what you state. The writer is totally un connected to any source that would give him any information about the Big 12 or BYU. So he is just a talking head. BYU fans shouldn't get excited by his speculation, Utah fans shouldn't think BYU fans are buying his drivel and we should just play to win and let the AD Holmoe deal with any conference opportunities. We fans should drop the prattle until there is a real invitation.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    I still think Independence is the way to go for BYU Football. The one thing they are missing is another JC feeder school like Rick's College was. Maybe SVU can fill that void. BYU can hide the players away at SVU until they put on weight and/or become eligible.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    @SaneFan
    "I'd bet donuts to dollars that every Ute fan is now rooting for the Big 12 to be in the Championship series."

    Statistically, Utah and BYU have been virtually the same in terms of average Sagarin ranking over the past 10 years, it's totally irrational for anyone to believe that such a difference would magically appear if BYU joined the Big 12. Maybe if Utah could play more than 6 conference games in 3 years with a healthy day 1 starting QB, we'd get a more realistic picture of what average is for them in the PAC. I'd expect something similar to that for BYU.

  • Jeff29 Draper, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    I'm not going to say this will or will not happen (I hope it does), but for those questioning the source, you might want to check yourself. Gary Danielson played professional football for 14 years, was a college football analyst at ESPN for 8 years, and has been at CBS for 8 years where he is currently part of their primary broadcast team for SEC games. I'm going to go out on a limb and say he just might be a bit more qualified to comment on this that anyone on this site.

    Again, I'm not saying it's going to happen, but those of you who can't see reality through the red tint of your classes lose any semblance of credibility when you criticize the content of this article.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    @ Copacetic

    In that poll, the State of Utah cast 1,681 votes, 96% were in favor of the Big-12 expanding to include BYU. Assuming all of the "No" votes from Utah were Ute fans, that means a whole 67 fans voted no. The total poll had 10,834 votes. Maybe BYU fans aren't being victimized by those mean Utah fans after all....

  • Copacetic Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:26 p.m.

    @ eric2002x:

    If ESPN subtracts Ute fans votes from the poll, the voting would've been 90+ percent in favor of BYU, instead of just 74%. Even at that, 3/4 of all voters being in favor of BYU being invited is impressive. A heck of a lot better than Obama has ever won any election by. That must mean it's a mandate by the people.

    It's amazing that once again, Ute people are the majority to comment on another BYU article... even right after their own team plays. Amazing! It's hard to fully determine if they are actually impressed that much by BYU or if the forever obsession still lives on and can't be contained.

  • 71-39 Alpine, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    @ localboy:

    Since Brave Sir Robin isn't being so brave this time and is refusing our request to name some of the "most experts" he was referring to, we are left to conclude that he must've been referencing Chris B and ekute as his experts... since they, along with uteology and sir robin himself, know more about BYU football than anyone else alive.

    And if anyone doesn't believe me, just ask them.

  • eric2002x Miami, FL
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    While the utah fans on BYU articles may not like it, what is most interesting is going to ESPN when they made a poll to see if BYU should be invited to the Big XII. The voting was 74% for BYU. Most of the comments are from people in Big XII country (since the poll was in the Big XII blog area) and were mostly positive to BYU, definitely more than 50/50 positive (except the TCU fans, which is odd since BYU helped them get out of Conf USA into MWC where they gained some national respect and ultimately Big XII membership... Oh, and also ignore the dozens of Michael Romney's comments, never seen someone so bigoted and full of hatred).

    The other school most mentioned in comments was Cincinnati. I could also see UCF, Boise St, San Diego St all fitting in as well to round out the 12 members necessary.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    Yep, West Virginia needs a travel partner and byu fits the bill. Gonna happen.

  • localboy Waipahu, HI
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    @ Sir Robin,

    What experts are saying they'll take Cincinnati and Louisville? Louisville's already in the ACC. They're definitely not leaving. If anything it could possibly be UCF & Cinci, but BYU sure brings more than either of those schools as an overall package.

  • 71-39 Alpine, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin:

    You stated that "most experts say they would take Louisville and Cincinnati". I haven't read that anywhere. Who are several of those "most experts" you referenced?

    @ Hey Baby:

    You and some other Ute fans keep knocking BYU's schedule. Since you obviously have a difficult time staying informed, please know that in Phil Steele's 2014 SOS rankings, BYU is #73 out of 128 teams, meaning it's better than 55 teams and putting them somewhere toward the middle.

    They are ranked better than Ohio, USU, Georgia State, Southern Miss and your next opponent, Fresno State. They are only one place away from Wisconson and very close to Iowa and Alabama.

    Yet I haven't read you disparaging any of those other programs. Just BYU. Obviously, you have a deep-seated bias you should get help for. It's costing you almost all credibility.

    @ SLC Watch and MyPerspective:

    You are telling BYU fans to drop it and let it go. Did you read the article? It's written by someone with no affiliation to BYU. Quit reading things into this. Apparently, it's more like your anti-BYU attitude that actually needs to be let go.

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    chris b or big 12(or whatever name you are going by today), i,m telling you jump on the cougar bus before it leaves the station !

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    Chance that this will happen 5%

    Chance that this BYU fan will be happy if it does. 0%

    I have no affinity for the Big 12 or its teams. Why get stuck in a P5 conference and tie yourself to the same schedule every year.

    The playoff will be at 8 teams soon enough, and the landscape will change. All 5 P5 champions will be in; the top rated team from the other conferences will be in and there will be 2 at large births.

    Independence is fine now and will be even better then.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    I agree with Cougsndawgs, my question is when has byU ever been humble, contrite,and gracious? Their reputation as being hard to work with and demanding precedes them. From a strictly fan perspective I would love for byU to be in the Big 12. Sadly I think it will not happen.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    timid sparrow

    You can continue bloviating your personal opinion that BYU already had their chance to join the Big 12 a million more times, but the truth is, the only thing constant is change, and even you, with your broken crystal ball, couldn't possibly know whether conditions will eventually change to allow BYU to join the Big 12.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad

    When BYU discovered that they could negotiate a better television contract by themselves, than Craig Thompson could for an entire conference, moving to Independent status, signing an 8-year contract with ESPN, and fully integrating their brand new state-of-the-art HD television studio into BYU's televised sports package became a no brainer.

    Basketball and some of the Olympic sports took a hit, but there is an up side to playing in Malibu instead of Laramie in February.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    I've said for a while now that the Big 12 will be pressured into expanding at some point. The question is, would BYU be invited? I think most fans that I've seen on message boards for ESPN and cbssports, and SN, etc all think BYU would be the best addition because they bring the largest fanbase and reside in a nice TV market. BYU needs to mend some fences though, and be humble and gracious about it. They have to do something they don't do very well and that's be contrite. TCU and WVU jumped at the chance to join while BYU ho hummed and asked about TV rights and wanted a certain number of games on the national or tier one network, and out clauses without penalty if OU or UT ever bolted, etc, etc. One could only hope they've learned their lesson and are hat in hand now with the Big 12. Otherwise my prediction is that the Big 12 WILL expand (they'll essentially have to), and they will look east at UCF, UConn, or Cincinnati. BYU needs to be humble, contrite, and willing...no questions asked.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    @ Iron Rod

    The BOT is the Board of Trustees.

    BYU get a lot more cash being indy. They signed a deal with ESPN, and BYU doesn't have to split bowl revenue or gate receipts with conf. members. Everything BYU makes, it keeps.

    Big schools play small schools for a couple reasons. It's an easy win and it allows for a nice "warm up" before having to face the tougher teams on the schedule. Small schools love it too because they get a lot of money by playing bigger schools.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    Iron Rod, BOT is Board of Trustees (think 50 East North Temple).

    BYU makes a ton more money than they did in the MWC because of their arrangements with ESPN to broadcast football games.

    Playing a lesser team in the opener is supposed to ease the better team into the season and allow them to fine tune a few things before playing conference games.

    BYU to the Big 12 will most likely not happen. Pure speculation without any reasoning to support it.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Two for Flinching
    Y Grad/Y DAD

    Although I am a BYU graduate. I was always to busy working to do much on campus.

    Thanks for the information.

    What is BYU's BOT?

    So they get more cash being independent?

    One last question. Why do the bigger schools play such tiny schools in opening football?
    Like "little sisters of the Wasatch" is not really an equal opponent for the U or Y?

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Since BYU is one of a few teams in the black year after year indy makes sense. A tie to a P% conference would be nice and they would do well the first year although I would not be as bold as the ute fans in claiming a conference championship the first year, or second, or third,or 4th, etc.
    Time will tell.

  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    I have worked at two PAC 10.2 schools and still work at one and I have to honestly say that I have NEVER seen a PAC sticker in my 25 years of work. I wonder why it is that this is all I hear about on the hill? Is this the only thing the ute fans can hang their hopes on is another sticker?

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    And so there you go CHRIS , one of my cats has been let out of the bag!You will be also hearing this from at least 2 other reliable sources by December or January .Jump on the Cougar band wagon !

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    This could be trouble... If BYU moves to a high quality conference like the Big 12 before you know it Utah will want to move to a high quality conference.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    It won't happen this year, but next year it will. BYU will have two strong seasons in a row, next years will look better because of the stronger schedule and Big 12 will be left out of the playoff. They will invite BYU and BYU will accept. That's my prediction.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Only three conferences will be represented in the playoffs this year. SEC (two teams), and ACC (florida State), PAC12 if UCLA or Oregon have less than 2 losses.

    PAC-12 probably won't make it because nobody will have less than 2 losses. Big XII won't make it because Texas and Oklahoma will have some bad losses. Baylor or K-State won't get any love.

    This is rigged for the SEC.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Like I've already said a million times, BYU already had their chance to join the Big 12...and they blew it. Two years ago the invitation was practically in the mail and BYU started to get all greedy, making demands like they were Texas or Oklahoma, and the Big 12 pulled the invite. The Big 12's lawyer even publicly called BYU "weird".

    If the Big 12 decides to expand (and that's a big if), most experts say they would take Louisville and Cincinnati.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 29, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    Iron Rod:

    I assume the decision was reached by administrators and the AD with input from the various coaching staffs and LDS Church leaders.

    Success vs failure is a complicated question. My opinion is that:

    1. Going independent was a gutsy move, and the school gets points for taking the road less traveled. Whenever you make an unconventional decision, there's risk and unintended consequences.

    2. So far it's been a mixed bag, but independence is not a viable answer long-term. The scheduling nightmare resulting in a mostly ho-hum home slate and the lack of any natural rivalries is a problem that will become more glaring over time, ESPN or no ESPN.

    3. That said, if I could pop the Y back into the MWC today, I wouldn't consider it. As has been stated over and over, if the "old" MWC plus Boise were still intact, that would be a competitive, intriguing conference. But that's fantasy.

    Bottom line: BYU is a pain for the "big" conferences. They're too good for top schools to risk playing them; too "weird" and not good enough to force their way in.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    Iron Rod
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Was it a success or failure to go independent?"

    Definitive success.

    Because the choice at the time wasn't "go Big 12 or go Independent." The choice was "Go Independent or stay MWC."

    The mantra from certain critics would still be the same - meaningless wins against patsies, there would be fewer high profile games, and virtually no television coverage.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    Let's wait and let the games be played and then see what happens. I'd rather see us earn our way in altho this year only provides one game (UT) with real big league competition.

    I also like our schedule the next few years as an independent - not this year - but next year and the years after look good.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    @ Iron Rod

    1. A little of both. Indy for BYU has advantages (exposure) and disadvantages (quality bowl tie-ins and scheduling stability)

    2. BYU's BOT

    3. It was their best move at the time because Utah left for the PAC-12. Indy got BYU out of the MWC, increased exposure, and increased yearly revenue.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    If the NCAA allows the Big12 an exception, a playoff with only 10 teams, I expect some other conferences to shed their dead wood and go back to 10 teams also.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 5:59 a.m.

    BYU to the Big 12 makes sense, but which other team to invite is a big question mark. At any rate, it doesn't appear that the Big 12 will do anything until their conference champion is shut out of the playoffs, which could very easily happen this year.

    Tom Holmoe just needs to continue fostering a relationship with the conference so that BYU is positioned for an invitation when/if the opportunity comes.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 3:37 a.m.

    So help out a non football fan.

    Was it a success or failure to go independent?

    Whose decission was that?

    Why did they make that decision?

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    Aug. 29, 2014 2:56 a.m.

    BYU is much better as an independent. They can schedule meaningless opponents every week and go 12-0 in football.

    Say ByeBye to post season hoops too...

    Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas, Baylor...5-10 losses every year

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:40 a.m.

    Speculation by someone with no bona fides, no source, no track record of predictive success?
    Next fans of some school with nothing to cheer about will chime in and say Y fans said it's gospel truth.

    So Y fans... drop it. It's a herring and a smelly one at that.

    Second, if the Y did make it into the Big 12, and I definitely would be shocked if they were invited, they would not be any more prepared to face that steep road than another local school is prepared to be anything more than a door mat. Except for the other sports. Track, Cross country, Volleyball ( won't leave the conference they are in), Basketball, Golf, Swimming etc. They would do much better as they do have National caliber teams.

    Let's just play football one game at a time and win. Que sara sara.

  • Zooberific Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Not going to get my hopes up until it happens but I do ask that every BYU fan vow to NEVER put a Big 12 sticker on their car no matter what.....PLEASE!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    I just hope that Danielson is right... Then I guess I have to hope that the B12 miss the 4 team playoffs (which I don't think will happen)... Beating Texas, Central Florida, and keeping quiet about all of this will certainly help the Cougar's cause if in fact Oklahoma misses the playoffs.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    I don't think it would be BYU and UCF. It'll be BYU and another team out west OR UCF and another team back east. Can't see the Big-12 stretching from Morgantown to Orlando to Provo. That would be miserable travel, especially for the olympic sports.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Why wait for an invitation? byu simply invite themselves into the conference...some of you are already talking like it's a done deal.

    You people aren't tired of independence already, are you? Hmmmmm...can't say that I blame you.

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    Because I know they will ask before anything is announced - I give my consent for BYU to join the Big12...

    As long as they bring basketball in too!

    Go Cougars

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    Kralon,
    There is absolutely no way the NCAA is going to make an exception for the big12 when they have already made the rule . Go try however !

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    The NCAA will not let the have a playoff without 12 teams. Additionally, It will be BYU and Boise State or maybe San Diego State. Team need travel partners and UCF will not be a good travel partner for any Big 12 team and both Boise or San Diego State make sense. Especially SDSU because it infiltrates Pac 12 country. Let's wait and see.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Aug. 28, 2014 8:06 p.m.

    The BIG12 has asked the NCAA to allow them a championship game with only 10 teams. If that is granted, then the BIG12 will not add anyone to their conference because it would mean less money per team.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 8:05 p.m.

    Sssssshhhhhhhhh! !

    Don't let this out of the bag! The u fans will go crazy if this happens and they would be forced to eat crow! They would really look silly with all there PAC 12 banners every where you look along with their sticker's not for their team, mind you, but for their conference.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    It makes perfect sense. If it does happen, BYU will immediately be one of the top 4 teams in the Big 12 and in contention for the Big 12 Championship game and consequently the College football playoffs. I'd bet donuts to dollars that every Ute fan is now rooting for the Big 12 to be in the Championship series.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 28, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    Not another article like this. Although the logic of it makes sense, no one should speculate until the Big XII actually mentions they are considering it publicly.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Aug. 28, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    That could very well happen. BIG-12 gets shafted and adds BYU for football to get back in the mix. C. Florida, well there are other schools out there that could be taken.