Big 12 Extends Membership Invitations

Sports 10 September, 2021 - 09:09am 48 views

Is BYU joining the Big 12?

On Friday morning, BYU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 in all sports. As part of its official announcement, the BYU athletics department stated their intentions to join the Big 12 in time for the 2023-2024 athletic season. CalBearsMavenBYU Athletics to Join the Big 12 in 2023

Who is joining the Big 12?

In a historic day, the University of Houston has accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12's presidents voted unanimously Friday to formally invite Houston, BYU, Cincinnati and Central Florida to form a 14-team league. houstonchronicle.comIt's official: University of Houston is joining the Big 12

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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 1, 2021: Model that beat experts says start Brandon Aiyuk, sit Justin Herbert

Deseret News 10 September, 2021 - 11:30am

Outside of the playoffs, there's no week more important for setting your Fantasy football lineups than in Week 1. Making the wrong Week 1 Fantasy football picks could lead to poor results and playing catch-up the rest of the season. Players coming off preseason injuries like Carson Wentz and DeVonta Smith present tough decisions to owners. Thus, it would be helpful to have a trusty set of Week 1 Fantasy football rankings to help you make challenging lineup choices.

Can Wentz put the last few weeks behind him by putting up strong stats against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks? Which Fantasy football matchups can you exploit? Before you lock in your lineups, be sure to check out the Week 1 Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine's model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big difference in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.

Last year, the model accurately predicted that Bills quarterback Josh Allen was being drastically undervalued. His Fantasy football ADP was barely in the top 70, but the model pegged him as a top-five Fantasy quarterback, a QB1 who would finish well ahead of players like Kyler Murray, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Allen ended up being the No. 2-scoring Fantasy QB, outscoring all three of those other quarterbacks and even surpassing Patrick Mahomes. Fantasy players who followed SportsLine's advice reaped plenty of value with that pick. 

Now, the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its Fantasy football rankings for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

One player the model is extremely high on this week: 49ers receiver Brandon Aiyuk. The 2020 first-rounder dealt with a minor hamstring issue in preseason but has returned to practice and will suit up against the Lions. Aiyuk, who was nicknamed Ai-YAC due to his proficiency after the catch, posted a 60-748-5 stat line across 12 games. He was so dangerous with the ball in his hands that the Niners didn't hesitate in handing it off to him, as he finished with 77 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.

Aiyuk should build upon those numbers against a porous Lions' defense in Week 1. Detroit allowed 519 points last year, the second-most in the 101-year history of the NFL. It also ranked 32nd in yards allowed and allowed the most passing touchdowns in the league. The model projects him to be a top-10 wide receiver in its Week 1 Fantasy football rankings.

A massive shocker: Chargers QB Justin Herbert, who threw for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, stumbles big-time and barely cracks the top 15 at his position. Herbert had an impressive rookie season, averaging 25.5 Fantasy points per game. However, Herbert could be dealing with rust after not playing in the preseason and a matchup against the Washington Football Team won't do him any favors.

Washington's defense gave up just 191.8 passing yards per game last season, which ranked second in the NFL. In addition, Washington recorded 47 total sacks in 2020. With such a tough matchup on Sunday, Herbert is a player to consider putting on the bench in Week 1.

The model is also calling for a surprising quarterback you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

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UCF receives invite to join Big 12

WESH 2 Orlando 10 September, 2021 - 09:35am

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According to a new report from, the University of Central Florida has received a formal invitation to join the Big 12 Conference.

On Friday, the report said the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors voted to extend membership invitations to Brigham Young University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Houston to join the Conference.

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How does USF compare to future Big 12 teams UCF, BYU, Cincinnati and Houston?

Tampa Bay Times 09 September, 2021 - 05:00am

As those four programs prepare to join a Power Five conference, USF is stuck in the AAC. To see why, you have to understand what the Big 12 values in this round of realignment. Those factors include TV audience, football relevance/success, market size and a fan base’s engagement, according to reports from The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, CBS and The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy.

Let’s see how USF compares to the others in those areas:

USF: 55-66

UCF: 84-43

Cincinnati: 85-42

Houston: 78-47

BYU: 82-48

USF: Top-25 finishes in 2016-17, rose to No. 2 nationally in 2007 before finishing unranked

UCF: Three New Year’s Six/BCS bowl games since 2013, undefeated in ‘17

Cincinnati: Three New Year’s Six/BCS bowl games since 2008, now ranked in top 10

Houston: Three coaches have won double-digit games since 2006, beat Florida State in 2015 Peach Bowl

BYU: Six seasons with double-digit wins since 2006, including 11-1 record last year

USF: 14

UCF: 21

Cincinnati: 16

Houston: 15

BYU: 11

USF: 197,000

UCF: 387,000

Cincinnati: 167,000

Houston: 247,000

BYU: 348,000

USF: No. 13 (2 million)

UCF: No. 17 (1. 7 million)

Cincinnati: No. 36 (926,000)

Houston: No. 8 (2.6 million)

BYU: No. 30 (1.1 million)

USF: 1.8 million

UCF: 3.3 million

Cincinnati: 2.1 million

Houston: 2.3 million

BYU: 2.0 million

USF: 5

UCF: 7

Cincinnati: 8

Houston: 10

BYU: 8

USF: 33,266

UCF: 38,424

Cincinnati: 33,139

Houston: 26,736

BYU: 57,078

Sources: Nielsen, Sports Media Watch

* Note: The pandemic made 2020 an outlier in attendance and viewership, so we excluded it from these categories.

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