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Big 12 Expansion: 18 teams, Two True Champions

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NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 expansion story continues. Now the word from Brett McMurphy at ESPN is this:

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reported this:

Though 12 seems to be the most likely, according to both Carlton and McMuprhy:

From McMurphy:

Sources also said it's "becoming less and less likely" that the league will expand to 14 teams. The most likely scenario is that the Big 12 will stay at 10 teams or only add two schools for a 12-team league with two six-team divisions, sources said.

If the Big 12 is expanding by two, it seems like Cincinnati has to be one of the teams. That leaves Houston and BYU the front-runners for the remaining spot. Then there are some reasonable contenders too. And then there are some teams that will at least get the interviewing experience.