2015 College Football Preview: Big 12

Big 12This conference has gone from one that is steeped in tradition and prestige to one big-ass punch line.

Who’s looking to stay in this conference?  Who wants to join?  Why would they want to join?  Would Texas allow them to join?

Why doesn’t Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby just move the Big 12 headquarters to Austin, especially since the Longhorns are running things anyway?

Oh and about that “one true champion” thing, looks like Bowlsby got some egg on his face while trying to stump for TWO teams (TCU and Baylor) for the College Football Playoff.  Memo to Bowlsby: try mixing in a conference championship game and a bit of expansion (Cincinnati and BYU, c’mon down!).

What a joke this conference has become.  It’s going to be fascinating to see what will happen to this conference 5-10 years from now.

Alas, this conference still has two powerhouses in TCU and Baylor.  The problem is those squads are not named Oklahoma and Texas.

Uh, at any rate…

  1. TCU
  2. Baylor
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Texas
  6. Kansas State
  7. West Virginia
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas

Analysis:  TCU and Baylor are still running things in the Big 12.  And while both of those squads are fabulous, they do not carry a prestige of Texas and Oklahoma.

Let’s be real about something, if either TCU or Baylor were named Texas and Oklahoma, do you REALLY think Ohio State would have jumped them in the final College Football Playoff poll?  I didn’t think so.

Speaking of Oklahoma and Texas, the Big 12 would look even better if those two schools mattered again.  Oklahoma had a decent season, but got their asses kicked by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.  Meanwhile Texas was mediocre at best, culminating in getting curb-stomped by Arkansas in their bowl game.

Back to TCU and Baylor.  Baylor has to go to Fort Worth to play TCU, and I like the Horned Frogs chances at exacting revenge.  Thankfully Bowlsby and Co. got smart and moved the game to near the end of the season when EVERYONE would tune in.

In the meantime, memo to Baylor coach Art Briles: try scheduling REAL teams outside of your conference.  SMU, Rice and the immortal Lamar will not impress the Selection Committee, bro…

Premature congrats go to the TCU Horned Frogs in winning the Big 12!

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