The Big 12 Conference
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The Big 12 Conference is currently made up of 10 member schools. Two of its current members, Oklahoma and Texas, are expected to leave for the SEC in the coming years. The Big 12 is set to add 4 new teams as a result—and return to its historical number of 12 member institutions.
The Big 12 Conference began play in 1996. Its schools have won 3 national titles since then (though all 3 schools will no longer be affiliated with the conference once Oklahoma and Texas join the SEC). Nebraska won a national title in 1997 (shared with Michigan), Oklahoma won a championship in 2000, and Texas won a national title in 2005. The Big 12 has had seven Heisman Trophy winners.
Where is the Big 12?
The Big 12 is located in the Midwest of the United States, with the exception of West Virginia on the east coast. Aside from West Virginia, Big 12 schools are currently situated in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa. When the Big 12 expands, Florida, Ohio, and Utah will join the list of states that Big 12 member schools span.
How many teams are currently in the Big 12?
Currently there are 10 teams in the Big 12. Unlike many other conferences, the Big 12 is not divided into divisions. The current teams in the Big 12 are:
- Oklahoma Sooners
- Texas Longhorns
- Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Baylor Bears
- TCU Horned Frogs
- Iowa State Cyclones
- West Virginia Mountaineers
- Kansas Jayhawks
- Kansas State Wildcats
- Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns are slated to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC.
Big 12 Expansion
The Big 12 is planning to add 4 new schools to its membership. They include:
- BYU Cougars
- Houston Cougars
- Central Florida Knights
- Cincinnati Bearcats
What teams used to be in the Big 12?
4 other schools used to be in the Big 12: the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Texas A&M Aggies, Colorado Buffaloes, and Missouri Tigers. All four schools left the conference around 2011-12. The Nebraska Cornhuskers moved to the Big Ten, the Colorado Buffaloes moved to the Pac-12, while the Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers moved to the SEC.
Over the coming years, Oklahoma and Texas will join this list of former Big 12 member schools.