The Big 12 presidents are expected to decide on a course of expansion, to either 10 or 12 schools. Here are the most likely candidates:
1. Brigham Young
Pluses: Large fan base, a good tradition and, as a football independent, are most readily available
Minuses: 900 miles from Lubbock, the nearest Big 12 school; Texas-like reputation in getting along within a league.
2. Texas Christian
Pluses: Great geographic fit in Fort Worth, solid football (reigning Rose Bowl champ) in recent years, spending more than $100 million on football stadium.
Minuses: Not a large fan base, brings no new market and historically mediocre football.
3. West Virginia
Pluses: Excellent football tradition, large fan base, good basketball.
Minuses: 860 miles to Ames, the nearest Big 12 school; poor academic reputation.
4. Air Force
Pluses: Colorado market, decent television draw, solid football support, competitive football, patriotism.
Minuses: Other sports noncompetitive.
Pluses: Solid market addition, new football stadium, just 384 miles from Columbia, Mo.; great basketball.
Minuses: Limited football success in mediocre conferences, poor academic reputation.
6. Boise State
Pluses: Great football, intriguing television draw, would make a travel partner for BYU.
Minuses: Small market, 1,714 miles to Austin, other sports noncompetitive, poor academic reputation.
Pluses: Big market, close to Louisville and West Virginia, good basketball.
Minuses: Small fan base, limited football tradition.
Pluses: Big market, history with Big 12 schools, decent football.
Minuses: Limited fan base, limited television appeal.