Category Archives: Big 12 Football

“Big 12 teams don’t recruit particularly well.”

Allen Kenney argues Big 12 coaches make up for that with their coaching acumen.

On the other hand, Big 12 teams often punch above their weight. Take a look, for instance, at how their SP+ efficiency rankings for 2019 shook out relative to their 247 roster rankings.

There are some notable underperforming teams in there – looking at you, Longhorns. For the most part, however, teams either played up to the potential of their talent or well above it. (Bear in mind that four programs had brand new coaching staffs in place last season, including two underperformers, KU and WVU.)

It’s only natural to compare that to the SEC, the land where recruiting just means more.

How did that compare with the Mecca of college football last season?

Lots of underachieving once you get past the big dogs.

True, but there were a fair number of those big dogs — five in the SP+ top ten, compared with one Big 12 team.  Based on the above, Allen reaches the conclusion that, “You could argue that the trend towards doing more with less speaks to the quality of coaching in the Big 12.”  He goes on to propose the data shows the Big 12 has the best assemblage of coaching in the P5.

To which I say, eh, maybe, but so what?  First of all, I can’t ignore the fact that four SEC coaches were shown the door this offseason.  Given what it takes for a head coach to lose his job these days, that’s certainly an indication that some programs were not being managed at the highest level.

Whatever, though, because how can you fully evaluate the job a college head coach does when you exclude recruiting from the equation?  Look no further than the Sugar Bowl — even if you are of a mind that Matt Rhule can coach rings around Kirby Smart, Baylor still came up well short against a Georgia squad missing a number of regular season starters that still had more than enough depth on the roster to spare.

There’s only so much scheme can make up for over the course of a season.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Recruiting, Strategery And Mechanics

Today, in Dawgrading

Love the admission of self-sabotage combined with a shred of guilty delusion here from Matt Rhule:

Sure, fella, sure.  If only the NFL hadn’t come calling…


Filed under Big 12 Football, Georgia Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.

What’s the harm in looking?

While we’re absorbed over Georgia’s roster numbers and motivation, let’s not overlook the fact that Baylor’s got its own distraction issue.

As news about NFL teams, like the Panthers, expressing interest in interviewing Matt Rhule started to get shared on major networks and social media for all to see on Sunday, Baylor players were getting ready for Sugar Bowl practice when Matt Rhule decided to have a team meeting.

The goal of that meeting for Rhule was full transparency – something not all coaches who are being pursued by other teams or organizations are willing to provide.

There, players shared with the Dallas Morning News that Rhule told them that he’d be “dumb” to not take an opportunity to talk with an NFL team.

Wonder if Rhule thinks it’s dumb for players not to explore transfer opportunities that might be beneficial for their careers.  But I digress.

Anyway, you have to wonder how hard kids will play for somebody who’s at least open to the possibility of bailing on them after a special season.


Filed under Big 12 Football, It's Just Bidness

“You want to go to the pros, play well against Georgia.”

Because I know you care deeply, here’s the first bit of Baylor news I have to share.

Baylor starting quarterback Charlie Brewer remains in concussion protocol more than a week after being injured in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Coach Matt Rhule gave his first update on Brewer to reporters Sunday ahead of the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl meeting with Georgia.

“Just step by step,” Rhule said, declining to say whether Brewer would play in the bowl. “I have no idea. It’s really all up to the doctors. They kind of monitor every step.”

Brewer left the Big 12 title game in the first half after official Mike Defee noticed something off after he had taken a couple of hard hits, including one where his head struck the turf.

Brewer ranks third in the Big 12 in passing efficiency, completing 65.2% of his passes for 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 337 yards and 10 TDs this season.

I’d say that’s kind of a big deal.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Georgia Football

Yee haw!

I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

Good thing nobody was on the upfield side of that when it tipped over.


Filed under Big 12 Football

Suffer in silence

Let me see if I’ve got this straight:

  • Big 12 officials blow an illegal snap call in an overtime game between Baylor and Texas Tech.
  • Big 12 acknowledges to Texas Tech that the illegal snap call was incorrect.
  • Texas Tech AD offers a statement confirming the conference acknowledgement of the officiating error and concludes, “I am confident that the Big 12 Conference will deal with the matter internally as they complete the review of the game in its entirety.”

You know what comes next, right?

The Big 12 issued a $25,000 fine and a public reprimand to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Wednesday after he released a statement about an officiating error in the Red Raiders‘ loss at Baylor on Saturday…

The Big 12 said Hocutt violated league policy by speaking out publicly about officiating.

“It is vital that senior administration officials, especially the directors of athletics, adhere explicitly to these policies,” league commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a prepared statement. “It is very difficult to balance support for an institution’s teams while fully complying with the imperative created by schools acting together to manage athletics competition. On this occasion, the required discipline was not exercised. Kirby Hocutt is one of the very best athletics administrators in the nation, and I am grateful for his assistance and support in resolving this matter.”

In an email sent Monday to Bowlsby, obtained by 247Sports through a Freedom of Information Act request, Hocutt wrote that he did not violate the league’s policy on commenting about officiating but “rather provided a factual clarification to bring closure to this issue.”

“We simply stated the the facts in regards to the communication with the conference staff, the decision on the field, and that the play is not reviewable,” Hocutt wrote to Bowlsby.

And the conferences wonder why fans get so pissed off about officiating.


Filed under Big 12 Football

Thursday morning buffet

Pac-12 Media Days, a target-rich environment.

  • The Pac-12 announced yesterday that the 2020 and 2021 host site for the Pac-12 Championship Game will be located in Las Vegas.  Gambling, for the win!
  • Mike Gundy“When asked how he would coach his son, Gunnar, if the situation arose: “I told him, if you come to Oklahoma State, I’ll coach you like I do everybody else… If you’re the best player, you’ll play. If not, you won’t play — even though I’m sleeping with your mom.”  (h/t Ben)
  • “A four-month external review of the Pac-12’s officiating program determined it is “predominantly consistent with best practices in the industry” and does not need a major overhaul.”  Of course it doesn’t, bless their hearts.
  • Secondary market ticket prices for Georgia-Notre Dame are going through the roof.
  • For what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus looks at two Georgia transfer quarterbacks’ futures and notes that Jacob Eason has a better surrounding cast than does Justin Fields.
  • Herbie describes Jake Fromm as “arguably the best leader in the country”.
  • David Shaw says the move to an eight-team CFP field is inevitable because, in part: “If we can go from 64 to 65 to 68 (in the NCAA basketball tournament), we can go from four to eight. Don’t talk about time, we can make it work.”  By that reasoning, there’s no reason to stop at eight, is there?


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Bet On It, Big 12 Football, Georgia Football, Pac-12 Football, Stats Geek!