There isn't a Texas politics play to make here... and it assumes they actually want KSU and not KU or a Texas school. I like KSU but they might have the worst prospects of the remaining 8 given recruiting ground, academics, KU sitting in the small market they have, and how well each TX school...
You'd probably maximize things by going back to 10, playing 7 or 8 games in-conference, splitting into 5 team divisions (Sun Belt does this), getting a title game, and also doing a scheduling alliance.
I think each fanbase has groups hoping/thinking that they have an invite to another P5 once the exit penalties are finalized and another group worried about what happens if it falls apart.
I think that between the exit money and the fact that the Big 12 as an entity would be a more valuable...
I think you need to get back to ten just to have inventory, schedules, etc.
That analysis was solid but remember that any game that wasn't nationally broadcast on a rated network (40% of AAC games and more in the MWC since CBS Sports Net isn't rated) was logged as a zero. Also don't ignore...
Question for OSU fans-
All of the remaining eight would jump at an invite to any P5 but obviously would prefer to rebuild the Big 12 if no invite arrives.
If the Big 12 had to rebuild and you could pick for OSU to be in a division with:
Tech, BU, TCU (Basically like Big 12 south)
1- The Alamo didn’t have to take what UT wanted into consideration. They simply pick who they want and whether the Texas bowl picked A&M or whoever really didn’t matter. They are two picks downstream.
2- The only team/conference who get to pick who goes to the Texas bowl is the SEC...
Baylor site has a breakdown on what the selection process is, who the Big 12 teams might face, and how strong those teams are if any Pokes have interest.
Bowls can pick whoever they want of who’s available.
After BU and OU are off the board it’s:
Texas- In a tailspin but biggest fanbase
OSU- Solid brand, solid team, and solid fanbase but missing two headline players
ISU- Very strong traveling fanbase but frustrating season might dampen...