Cincinnati, Houston and UCF Set to Join Big 12 Ahead of 2023 Football Season

By Kevin Harrish on June 10, 2022 at 2:08 pm
Cincinnati to the Big 12
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The Big 12 will officially add three new members ahead of the 2023 football season as the American Athletic Conference announced on Friday that Cincinnati, Houston and UCF will officially be joining the Big 12 for next season.

The three schools came to an agreement with the AAC to depart the league next season and join the Big 12 conference beginning July 1, 2023. The Big 12 will also be adding BYU ahead of the 2023 football season.

Texas and Oklahoma have recently announced plans to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, but a "realistic" timeline for their departure is reportedly not until 2024. If that is the case, it means the Longhorns and Sooners will play in the Big 12 for one season along with Cincinnati, Houston, UCF and BYU, giving the conference 14 teams for the 2024 season.

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