Yesterday I posted about how BYU matches up with the Big 12 financially, the question has now arisen: How does BYU match up with the other schools rumored to be included in Big 12 expansion?
There are a lot of different scenarios which can play out. Does the Big 12 head west and add BYU and BSU or CSU? Do they head east so West Virginia isn’t all by itself?
The most important question is which team brings the most to the Big 12? Each team definitely brings something unique to the Big 12 whether it is recruiting or finances there definitely is an answer to which teams will be the best additions for the conference.
In this comparison, the two best options are BYU and Cincinnati. Both have large endowments and large student bodies. UCF has by far the largest student body but doesn’t have quite the endowment these other schools do.
1. Southern Methodist (private): $1,425,000,000 11,000
2. Cincinnati (public): $1,200,000,000 42,656
3. BYU (private): $1,053,241,027 29,672
4. Houston (public): $716,400,000 40,747
5. Colorado State (public): $389,900,000 31,256
6. Memphis (public): $183,800,000 21,480
7. East Carolina (public): $144,701,001 27,386
8. UCF (public): $135,500,000 60,810
9. Boise State (public): $83,399,459 22,003
Stadium Size and National Championships:
BYU is the clear winner here with the only team to win a national championship (it could be argued that SMU shared one with TCU in 1935 but I’m going by the Poll Era which began in 1936). The Cougars have by far the largest stadium which means more ticket sales which means more revenue for the Big 12 to share.
1. BYU: 63,470 (1, 1984)
2. Memphis: 59,308 (0)
3. East Carolina: 50,000 (0)
4. UCF: 45,4401 (0)
5. Houston: 40,755 (0)
6. Cincinnati: 40,000 (0)
7. Colorado State: 34,400 (0)
8. Boise State: 33,500 (0)
9. Southern Methodist: 32,000 (0)
BYU is by far the most attractive team here, running nearly $7 million in net earnings. Cincinnati is pretty attractive as well from the amount of revenue they have and the fact that they are bringing in over $2 million in net earnings.
1. BYU: $60,124,096 $53,524,295 $6,599,801
2. Cincinnati: $61,915,431 $59,540,002 $2,375,429
3. Colorado State: $34,791,926 $34,468,927 $322,999
4. Southern Methodist: $49,657,375 $49,657,375 $0
5. Boise State: $43,166,257 $43,292,010 -$125,753
6. Memphis: $46,346,285 $46,501,314 -$155,029
7. Houston: $42,024,887 $42,664,044 -$639,157
8. UCF: $41,222,301 $41,981,093 -$758,792
9. East Carolina: $35,805,232 $36,639,494 -$834,262
This is probably the second most important factor to go with revenue. The Big 12 wants to put it’s foot in a recruiting hot bed which they have yet to tap so schools like Houston and SMU don’t get the nod that they normally would. UCF and ECU also are pretty difficult because they are in the middle of SEC and ACC country compared to Cincinnati and BYU where there is only one major conference competing per team, BYU also opens up the door to the west so recruiting can expand in AZ, CA, WA, and OR while Cincinnati opens up the Mid-West and arguably the North East which is a real recruiting hot bed for the taking. The statistics I am considering here is the number of recruits the state holds in the ESPN 300 and the number of competing P5 teams in the region, there’s no way to really rank how the Big 12 would compete in the area if they were to expand into the region so I’ll just provide the data.
BYU: 3 ESPN 300; Pac-12
Boise State: 1 ESPN 300; Pac-12
East Carolina: 18 ESPN 300; ACC and SEC
UCF: 53 ESPN 300; ACC and SEC
Colorado State: 2 ESPN 300; Pac-12
Cincinnati: 7 ESPN 300; Big 10
Houston: 43 ESPN 300; Big 12 and SEC
Southern Methodist: 43 ESPN 300; SEC
Memphis: 10 ESPN 300; ACC and SEC
Out of the four categories I compared it is pretty clear that BYU and Cincinnati stand above the pack. These two teams have been mentioned the most in expansion and would definitely make the most sense for the Big 12 to extend invitations. BYU and Cincinnati bring the most to the table in terms of both on and off field success and would add some great stock to the conference.