One of the many nuances of future conference expansion is deciding how the divisions will be divided, and in the big twelve it is probably even more complicated than most. There are pairs of teams that will always need to play each other and pairs that should probably always be in the same division, Ex. Oklahoma + Oklahoma state, Kansas + Kansas state, Baylor + TCU, then to some extent Oklahoma + Texas. So I Would like to open a discussion about your ideal alignment for the future Big 12.
We will assume that the Big 12 takes two teams, Houston and Cincinnati (My favorite scenario)
The gut reaction would be that all the Texas teams need to stay together and then throw the Oklahoma schools in there too, but that puts one too many in our side of the conference, so lets assume they put us or tech on the other side that leaves the alignment at.
Houston / Tech
for a few obvious reasons that would be absolute conference suicide in my opinion, it basically puts all the cupcakes on one side and all the powerhouses on the other, they would leave very little chance of making and playoffs.
so my ideal alignment would be.
In this alignment you preserve all the couples and rivalries (not sure that Baylor or TCU have Texas as a rival) and you also spread the talent to both sides for the most part. this also would make the most sense geographically in my opinion. then if Houston wanted to we could always schedule Texas or tech every year, Plus we have a bit of history with Cincinnati so that adds a little spark to the outsider to this very geo-centric Big 12 conference. I would love to hear other thoughts on this.