Whether Tom Herman is Houston's coach in 2017 might depend on whether the Cougars are a member of the Big 12 by then. Thus, another layer has been added to Houston's convincing 33-23 win over Oklahoma on Saturday.
The Cougars' neutral site victory over the preseason Big 12 favorites was another step in the program's march toward playoff-crasher status, but it was also a statement to the Big 12, which is considering expansion. That Houston could compete with -- overpower even -- the Big 12's best is no surprise to anyone who's followed the program's trajectory under Herman, but that millions of people tuned in to watch it happen is the more interesting factor.
In a list of so-so expansion candidates -- there are 11 remaining that we know of -- no program can argue they're more attractive than Houston at the moment.
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