MARC LAWRENCE ON THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BIG 12

By Marc Lawrence
Big 12: Wazzup?
The Big 12 isn’t very old. The conference was born in 1996 when the remaining Southwest Conference schools – Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas Tech – joined Big Eight schools Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa State. However, with recent defections, they are down to just 10 teams. That being said, a proposal for a Big 12, Pac-12 strategic alliance would make a lot of sense. Imagine a world in which Oklahoma’s non-conference lineup consists of Arizona, USC, and Utah all in the same season while Washington’s three out-of-league opponents that year are Oklahoma State, TCU and Iowa State. Meanwhile, Texas plays Oregon, UCLA, and Colorado. The Ducks? They get Texas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech. In this world, the Big 12 and the Pac-12 are bound together by a strategic alliance in which all-available non-conference dates are filled by teams from the other league. No more FCS cupcakes. No more Group of Five opponents. It’s one Power Five against another: 30 head-to-head matchups, season after season. The conferences would gain in stature and only the strong would survive. Bring it on! For an in-depth preview of the 2019 Big 12 Conference click here.

Today’s Scorecard
Speaking of the Big 12 Conference, Oklahoma QB and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray won the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year award last season, marking the 4th consecutive season the Sooners have earned the honor. New Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts is a leading candidate to make it 5 in a row this season.
Grinding Out Profits
Received this query from Super Cool Joe P. in New York who wanted to know… “Over the years one thing I could count on every College Football Season is Bill Snyder and Kansas State being Home Dogs pulling of the SU upset win. With his retirement what team/coach do you think can fill that void and optimal role?”

Good question, Joe. Yes, Gramps will be missed, for sure. Suggest you check out the College Coaches Data on page 98 of this year’s Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine. You’ll notice a handful of coaches with solid underdog records with their teams, including the likes of Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, San Diego State’s Rocky Long, Stanford’s David Shaw, UAB’s Bill Clark, and Utah State’s Gary Andersen. For starters, I’d focus primarily on them.
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