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The Big Lead: Most Desirable Big 12 Schools

  1. Texas Longhorns: Looking forward to the Longhorns as Independents. Just set up the 6-year home-and-home series with Notre Dame already.
  2. Texas A&M Aggies: Had a rumored offer from the SEC last year and the Pac-10 was supposedly interested, too. The SEC makes most sense because of geography, but as we saw with TCU bolting for the Big East, geography isn’t that big a deal. The key point: the SEC would love to tape into that fertile Texas football market. I think the Aggies would see a serious boost in recruiting because it’s an easy sell to recruits that you get to play in the best conference in college football.
  3. Oklahoma Sooners: Also had a rumored offer from the SEC last year. If you add A&M and Oklahoma to the SEC, that’s 14 teams … but OU’s longtime rival, Oklahoma State, would be left out. Could the Sooners play an SEC schedule plus add non-league games against the Cowboys and Longhorns? That’s a rough road to win a national title.
  4. Missouri Tigers: Biggest plus for the Tigers? They’re just two hours outside of St. Louis, which is the 21st largest TV market. One could even make an argument that if Oklahoma demands that Oklahoma State come long, perhaps the SEC would just bypass the Oklahomas and take Missouri as its 14th team. And unlike Oklahoma, Missouri wouldn’t be a power in the SEC (well, at least not initially).
  5. Oklahoma St. Cowboys: Falls into this weird gray area where the Cowboys (bowl games eight of the last nine years!) don’t have the history of Oklahoma or the location of Texas A&M/Missouri. Oklahoma State probably will just hope that the Sooners let little brother tag along wherever they go … because otherwise, it’s tough to tell who might be interested in the Cowboys.
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