Forde-Yard Dash: The Big 12 Will Go On Without Oklahoma and Texas – CalBearsMaven

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Somewhere in the Metroplex Saturday night, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby (1) surely reached …….

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Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (Hail Coyote T-shirts sold separately in South Dakota):

FIRST QUARTER: KARMA ON I-35

Somewhere in the Metroplex Saturday night, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby (1) surely reached for a bottle of the good stuff. Perhaps something from Schadenfreude Vineyards—not served chilled, but flat-out cold. Surely he gave himself a heavy pour and lifted it in the general direction of Waco, and then Austin, and drank deeply.

The comeuppances of eventual conference evacuees Oklahoma (2) and Texas (3) on the same day, at the hands of two underdog schools left behind in Baylor and Kansas, may have caused some mixed emotions, but only a glimmer. It was bad for Big 12 business in the short term, with the Sooners no longer undefeated and the league further behind in the College Football Playoff race, but a countervailing gut-level satisfaction is only natural. The Longhorns and Sooners have chosen to walk away, badly hurting the league’s marketability; sending them out the door with a limp shows that the Big 12 still has some kick left in it.

From the league perspective, a Baylor-Oklahoma State conference championship game is both desirable and possible. The Cowboys are 9–1 overall, 6–1 in the conference, with remaining games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma. The Bears are 8–2 overall, 5–2 in the conference, with remaining games against Kansas State and Texas Tech. If they both win out, they’ll meet in Jerry World for the league title with both probably ranked in the Top 10 and Oklahoma State in the playoff conversation.

Not only would Bowlsby get to avoid handing the trophy to Oklahoma, he could sell a viable vision for where the league is and where it is going. And if future Big 12 member Cincinnati is also in the playoff mix at that time, all the better. That wouldn’t solve the long-term media-rights issues, but it would be nice to sell some national relevance outside the departing bluebloods to current or future broadcast partners.

Meanwhile, Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey (4) has to wonder anew about the new couple moving into his neighborhood. They blew up the entire college athletics map for these guys?

Oklahoma will probably be O.K. upon arrival—but O.K. doesn’t win league titles. Previous editions of the Sooners have gone winless in CFP games against SEC competition, and the 2021 version is worse than those teams. This Oklahoma team would have multiple losses in SEC play by this point. This has been a hugely overrated team all season that was fully exposed by Baylor—not physical enough, not sound enough, and not good enough at the most important position. Coach Lincoln Riley (5), renowned quarterback whisperer, may need to raise his voice to get through to Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler. One week after being strafed by a freshman backup from TCU, Baylor’s defense throttled the five-star QBs.

Texas is another matter entirely, the entitled underachievers who keep wrecking the family Ferrari and keep getting a new one. Unless things improve appreciably in the next couple of years, the Longhorns are like Rutgers going into the Big Ten. Sure, better recruiting and infrastructure and tradition and commitment—but the current product? Terrible. If 2021 Texas were an SEC team, it would only be better than Vanderbilt. That’s it.

Athletic director Chris Del Conte made a huge, high-stakes bet on Steve Sarkisian (6) that looks …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/2021/11/14/college-football-texas-oklahoma-losses-big-12s-future-baylor-oklahoma-state

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