Category Archives: Big 12 Football

When it comes to recruiting numbers, resistance is futile.

When you put it like this

“If you look at a map of where the Big 12 is, there’s not a lot of high school football in some of these states,” Casazza said. “In fact, I just did some research… Texas, for example, had about 1,100 schools that played (11 on 11) high school football. The Big 12’s other four states — Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and West Virginia — had fewer than 900 combined. There’s four Big 12 schools in Texas. You really can’t change the fact that 40 percent of your league plays in the bottom 20 in the country of high school football teams.”

On where the talent is spread and why the SEC has an advantage:

“The top four states in the past five years for four and five-star recruits are Georgia, Florida, California and Texas. Georgia, Florida and Texas… the SEC has nine schools in those states.”

… that paints a pretty bleak demographic picture.  There ain’t enough spread offense imaginable to bridge that gap.

Bottom line:  if the recruiting glass is big enough, it doesn’t matter if it’s half empty.  But it’s hard to quench your thirst drinking out of a thimble.



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A different kind of “going pro” story

Former Oklahoma cheerleader gets busted on prostitution charges.  I don’t know which part of the story is better, that her mom is the Sooners cheerleading coach, or that her pimp — okay, alleged pimp — played football for Oklahoma for a season.

Should make the family’s next Thanksgiving dinner a fun get-together.


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Today, in Baylor

The Big 12 decides to hit the Bears in the one place it might hurt.

They might need that money to settle a couple of lawsuits, so maybe that’ll work.


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Moar today, in Baylor, a continuing series

Hands down, this is the greatest thing Bob Bowlsby has ever and will ever utter:

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, meanwhile, didn’t pull punches Friday while speaking to ESPN during an appearance at a regularly scheduled conference board meeting in Dallas.

“I think everybody’s pretty much in the barrel, but I don’t know if anybody knows where the bottom of the barrel is,” Bowlsby said of Baylor.

It’s kind of like a prequel to the Rule of Holes — before you stop digging, you have to recognize you’ve hit the bottom.


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People, it’s not Bob Stoops. It’s us.

At least that’s what Bob would have us make of his decision to redshirt Joe Mixon after Mixon punched a girl’s lights out.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that Joe Mixon would be off the team if he had punched a woman now instead of 2½ years ago, when he suspended the star running back for a year in a move that has drawn sharp criticism.

Mixon was suspended after punching Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor in 2014. Mixon returned last year and helped the Sooners reach the College Football Playoff, and he has been a standout again this year for No. 7 Oklahoma.

In reversing course, Stoops said he believed that the then-18-year-old Mixon could redeem himself. He said times have changed, and society now has a no-tolerance policy on domestic violence incidents. He said that’s a good thing.

“Two-and-a-half-years later, dismissal is really the only thing that is possible,” Stoops said. “A young guy having an opportunity to rehabilitate and to have some kind of discipline and come back from it is really not there anymore. Hopefully that message goes down even to the high school level, that these things are just unacceptable to any degree.”

Ah, the good ol’ days, when it used to be okay to assault somebody and then have an opportunity to rehabilitate play football.  This country’s gotten too soft, I tells ‘ya.  Between this and Baylor, what’s a Big 12 program supposed to do?


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The Big 12 will work for money.

Christ, this is stupid.

The league announced late Friday morning that, when the conference championship game returns for the 2017 season, there will be no split into two five-team divisions.  Instead, the teams with the best and second-best record in conference play will square off in the conference championship game.

Each conference member will continue to play nine league games every season, one against each other member.

“There are a number of advantages to matching our top two teams,” said commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a statement. “Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration. I would argue there will be no path more difficult than our champion’s, where it will have played every team in the Conference, faced at least one Autonomy Conference non-conference opponent, and then plays in our championship game.

“The guaranteed No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup will be a great game for our fans, and it’s hard to imagine a stronger position for a conference champion.”

Except for that whole team that loses in the regular season beating the team it lost to in the championship game, it’s brilliant.

You’ve got a round robin schedule that is the best way to crown a conference champion, and you can’t leave well enough alone.  Because, mo’ money.  This, friends, is why we’ll have a 16-team national championship one day.


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Pigskin pinball

Really, yesterday’s Oklahoma-Texas Tech shoot out was just flat out nuts.  Really.

Here’s a list of some notable numbers from the game.

– The teams set an NCAA record by combining for 1,708 yards of total offense. Appropriately, each team had 854 yards of offense.

– Mahomes set an NCAA record with 819 yards of total offense in a game. He also tied the NCAA mark for passing yards with 734.

– Mahomes threw 88 passes. He just missed the NCAA record of 89 set by Washington State’s Connor Halliday.

– Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was 27-of-36 for 545 yards and seven touchdowns. The seven scoring passes set a school record.

– Mahomes and Mayfield set NCAA records with 1,279 combined passing yards and 1,383 yards of total offense by two players.

– Sooners running back Joe Mixon scored five touchdowns, two on runs and three on receptions. He finished with 263 rushing on 31 carries and 4 receptions for 114 yards to become the first player in school history to reach 200 yards rushing and 100 receiving in the same game.

– The 125 combined points was just behind the NCAA record of 136 set by Navy and North Texas in 2007. The 125 points are the second-most in a game involving a ranked team.

– Texas Tech ran 109 total plays and was 20-for-25 on third-down conversions.

– Oklahoma ran 76 plays and averaged 11.2 yards per play.

The Big 12 is drunk.  When you’ve got a team that was pushed as a national title contender at the beginning of the season playing like that, hell, why not add a couple of AAC teams?  They’d fit right in.


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