Again I agree with Lash (scary). IMO the B1G and SEC sit with 14 for years.
The one point that is missed many times on this board is the comments made by previous Big 12 Commissioner Neimis, when you expand to 14 your become unwieldy and when you expand to 16 you become two conference in one.
This above statement is so very true and could be the primary reason the SEC and Big Ten remain 14 for a very long time.
While it is fun to talk about pods and semi final and final conference football championship games, you are going to have a Wisconsin that does not want to have Ohio State and Michigan off the schedule for many years which result in two 8 team divisions or two conferences in one.
When the comment was made by Bowlsby compared with the Big Ten expansion of Maryland and Rutgers, sometimes you have to expand with schools that have potential to build up to that conference standards.
This would favor a decision to take Cincinnati and BYU to allow for the conference championship game.
BYU may have preferred independence to the horrible Big East hybrid idea, the Big 12 is a totally different situation. BYU has to compete with its in state neighbor U of Utah which means exposure and more importantly revenue and opportunity to reach the four team playoff.
Cincinnati has been one of the better Big East football programs over the years and is located in an excellent state for requiting and provides a close by rivalry with nearby WVU. From a geographical purpose, Cincinnati is better situated to bridge the gap with WVU compared with Louisville.
If I were the Big 12 would expand with both Cincinnati and BYU and see where things settle in the future.
If super conference mania becomes a reality, then the Big 12 is well situated to expand with two schools in the mountain west and two on the eastern seaboard.
North: Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, WVU, BYU
South: Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
The north schools could receive a revenue travel allowance to compensate for the south schools having more regional games.
BYU is comparable to Texas A&M with its huge western LSD fan base
WVU is comparable to Nebraska in fan base and football tradition.
Cincinnati is not a flagship state school however the school has made several BCS bowl appearance where Missouri never reached a BCS bowl.
If you compare BYU, WVU, and Cincinnati to the old north replacements of Colorado, Missouri, and Nebraska, this idea would be an enhancement over the old north division.
I am sure the Pac 12 would prefer BYU over Colorado if not for the liberal aspects of the west coast. The Big 12 on the other hand does not have issues with religious affiliated schools.