B12 is going to try and see what they get placed into the new playoff system. If they land somebody in the mix almost yearly, they may hang at ten. While the selection committee is suppose to be balanced and work with criteria they establish, these bodies do turn political quick, and power influences. That said, the B12 not having a CCG game could hurt in the selection process if a school fails to 'runs the table' for the year. Of course, a 'named' school such as OU or Texas, could slide in with one loss, depending on what's happening elsewhere.
On the UConn potential consideration for the B12, to me, the geography would become even more weird and stretched beyond reason. UConn is a fine school, but a New England school, playing mostly far away midwestern/plains and southwestern schools in all-sports begs for something better, particularly for UConn. Maybe if such also included Cincy and Temple, along with established WVU, it would not look so extreme.
I read somewhere Fox was pushing for USF and UCF for the B12. Not sure how reliable the source was.
It seems that it would be too much of a stretch for the Big XII to go to New England, but it would also give them East Coast exposure that could enhance their TV contract.
Consider the fact that TCU was primed to go to the Big East. Is UConn to the Big XII any worse than that?
Remember when everyone thought that the Big XII was imploding with more than half the conference headed to the Big XII? It was widely reported that KU, KSU, ISU, and Missouri had been in conversations with the Big East to see if there was interest from the BE to take them in. What's wrong with a group of BE schools going in the other direction?
I agree that it would make more sense if they were joined by Temple, but I don't know who #14 would be if the Big XII added Cincy, UConn, & Temple. If they could come up with someone, then that would make the eastern wing much better.
Distances seem far east of the Mississippi, but people travel those kinds of distances routinely in the West. The Pac Ten added Colorado despite the fact that it's 1000 miles from LA. Everyone thinks that BYU to the Big XII makes sense despite the fact that they'd be 900 miles from the closest member of the Big XII. Consider when Miami was in the Big East. Before the conference brought in VA Tech for all sports, Miami was 1100 miles from the closest conference member. How is UConn to the Big XII any worse than situations like these?
The travel isn't ideal, but it's being done elsewhere even in mid major conferences in situations that no one pays any attention to.
The bottom line is that if the Big XII does decide to expand and looks at who's out there and what they can do to improve the conference, UConn has the most to offer except for the distance. If UConn can live with the distance, shy would anyone else care? It's one game. And for the opposite division, it's one road game once every 4 years.