Two schools, two separate Cougar mascots. BYU has Cosmo the Cougar (left), while Houston has Shasta (right). (Getty Images)

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Big 12 expansion: BYU vs. Houston — a Cougars’ tail of the tape

Posted July 23rd, 2016

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Cosmo or Shasta?

Provo or Houston?

Napolean Dynamite or Sheldon Cooper?

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BYU or Houston?

The Big 12 may be looking to expand by as many as two to four teams. Both BYU and Houston have been mentioned as potential expansion targets. But which set of Cougars makes the most sense for the Big 12? Here’s a side-by-side look at the schools and what they’d bring to the Big 12 expansion table.

BYUCategoryHouston
Provo, UtahCityHouston, Texas
116,288Population2.2 million
NoLive mascot?Yes
Cosmo the CougarMascot nameShasta
Blue and whiteSchool colorsScarlet and albino
$45 million (estimated)Athletic budget$45,437,942
29,672Enrollment42,704
66thAcademic ranking187th
27th2016 athletic ranking73rd
63,725Football stadium capacity40,000
58,5322015 average attendance33,980
43-22Football, last 5 years47-19
Ty DetmerHeisman winnerAndre Ware
Steve YoungBest NFL alumSebastian Vollmer
John Heder ("Napolean Dynamite")Funniest comedianJim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
Mitt Romney, Utah governorBiggest political alumElizabeth Warren, Mass. senator
The Y (Shaka)School hand signalThe Cougar Paw

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