Hey, everybody. Let's get started. What's on your minds this week?
Who will be the Best Quarterback in the Big-12 in 2012?
It'll be a two-horse race between Geno Smith and Landry Jones.
Dave, how long do you think it will take the Big "12" to invite Louisville to come aboard? If so who becomes the 12th team? Good laugh...was trying to explain to my son Big 12..10 teams and Big 10...12 teams!
Never heard that joke before, Greg. Nice. As for Louisville, we'll see. Not in the near future, I don't think. The one thing I could see happening is the Big 12 being told it needs a championship game when it negotiates its next TV deal, and chooses to expand, rather than petition the NCAA. We'll see. I wouldn't bet on UL joining the league, though.
I think there should be an award for the toughest players in college football and last season's award should go to Colin Klein's elbows. What say you?
Ha, that sounds about right. I'll allow it.
What is more likely to happen: Texas has top 10 defense AND rushing offense in the nation, or Texas has top 20 passing offense in the nation?
Definitely the former. It may actually happen. Not sure I'd bet on it, but it's definitely a possibility with the type of talent in the backfield UT has.
Ubbs - seems like a lot of scounts are hating on weeden and blackmon. they say that blackmon isn't tall enough or fast enough and that weeden's 100 yrs old can't make the tight throws. have these guys not seen the game film and are all these measurables that important?
I'd say you're not listening very closely, Paul. Blackmon's a near lock in the top five, and Weeden's a strong candidate for the No. 3 QB in this draft. He didn't throw well at the combine, but he's got skills. The age thing is more a question about his longevity in the league, not his actual skill.
Do you feel like you should get a Gut Pak now after all the Baylor comments?
It sounded pretty good today. I was sifting through the e-mails today (There were a ton. Thanks, Baylor fans.) and I could about taste it. Look for the full guide on Wednesday.
Ubbs, after I'm done, will there be any juniors left for other schools to sign?
Ha. Texas is on a run here lately. After no commits on that first Junior Day, the Longhorns have 11. I don't know much about the young calves they're bringing in next year, but here's guessing they'll be highly ranked on the recruiting totem pole very soon.
This week we heard Dick Ebersol's name mentioned as a possible candidate for Big 12 Commish. You hearing about or willing to speculate about any other names?
Nope. I've heard a few, but nothing I'd go with yet. Bringing in Jack Swarbrick from ND seems like a terrible idea. The last thing the Big 12 needs is a close personal friend of DeLoss Dodds becoming the commissioner. Britton Banowsky, the commissioner of the C-USA, is one name that keeps popping up, though.
Who is your choice for breakout offensive player for next year?
Tough call here. There are lots of candidates. I'll go with Darrin Moore at Texas Tech. Do Terrance Williams or Lache Seastrunk at Baylor count?
Since they have no respect for KSU, who's going to replace Mizzou as KU's most hated rival?
No, here's the deal. That's going to change. Losing Mizzou is going to hurt. The immediate result will be KU taking that rivalry with K-State a whole lot more seriously. The Sunflower Showdown is about to get an upgrade.
Who do you think is this year's K-State? A team that doesn't have a lot of heralded talent coming in to the season but makes some noise all year and surprises everyone.
Texas Tech, perhaps? Not sure I'm totally sold on them, but they don't have a ton of All-Big 12 talent.
Paul in Stillwater, it's the scout's jobs at the combine to find flaws in people. Otherwise, any Joe-Schmo fan could be a scout.
That's part of it, yes. All the good stuff is sort of assumed; that's why players are at the combine in the first place.
Jake Trotter's chat on the SoonerNation blog suggested that part of UT's issues the last couple of years is partly due to them signing most of their class before they play their senior years thusly not getting to fully evaluate their talent growth potential (basically). What is your thoughts on this theory?
That's part of it. It's not all of it. When you have guys committing (Not signing. Players all sign at the same time) so early, it increases the variables. Texas has been part of the reason why guys are committing earlier and earlier. That wasn't all the reason, though. I don't think Texas was evaluating players as thoroughly as they had in the past, and development has been an issue, too. Part of that is on the player, but part of it's on the staff, too.
Where do you see the Iowa State program heading in the next few years with coach Rhoads and the young talent?
Well, there seems to be a bit of a ceiling on just how well ISU can recruit. That can change over time, perhaps. Mizzou did it over the course of a decade. That takes a lot of winning, though. ISU is moving in the right direction, but still needs that breakthrough, 9-10 win season. I don't see it this year, but maybe when Jared Barnett is a senior?
Ubbs, have you been watching The River? No, Matt Foley's van isn't down there, but it is a pretty intense show. I highly recommend it to you and my fellow readers.
Haven't been watching, M. It looked interesting, but a bit like Shutter Island meets Lost. I hadn't heard a lot of buzz. Maybe I'll check it out.
Have you seen some of the numbers from Baylor's "Full Speed Fridays"? Among some of the crazy fast numbers coming out of there (laser-timed 40s): Terrence Williams 4.49, Tevin Reese, 4.32, Lache Seastrunk, 4.34. Lots of speed still leftover in Waco...
You don't have to tell ME that, Jamie. Nick Florence is somewhat of a question mark, but even without Kendall Wright, BU may still have the best and most athletic receiving corps in the Big 12 next year.
What's a realistic first year for TCU in the Big 12 next year?
Best-case scenario: 11-1. My pick: 9-3.
Do you believe in this Big-12 pride that seems to be picking up ever since TCU and WVU joined the conference? Will it ever reach SEC proportions?
Maybe a little bit, I don't know. The SEC sort of started all this, and made everybody a little mad when they started winning. The Big 12's the best league behind them, and we've seen it pick up a little bit, but I don't think we'll see it reach the same levels.
WVU definitely has the best receiving corp next year, right? The nations most electric player in Tavon Austin and the actual #1 receiver on the team Sted Bailey. Not to mention Ochocincos cousin Sticks McCartney. Whattya think?
They'll be right there, too. I haven't had a chance to see a ton of those guys, but hopefully I'll get a good look during the spring.
What's your take on Gary Patterson avoiding releasing how many players failed the drug test? It had to be way higher than 5, right?
I touched on it on Monday. I don't think it's WAY higher. I'm not going to throw out a number, but I'll say this: If it was actually five, I have a hard time believing TCU would not confirm that publicly.
Dear Sir, Do you think it will take a National Championship and/or a Heisman caliber season for Landry Jones to vindicate himself of the frustration he's caused alot of Sooner fans? Or do you think it will take less than that?
One or the other would probably help. At Oklahoma, sorry to say for Jones, that's probably what it would take. The bar is so high in Norman. You can't win 11 games and think that'll please people. Jones has already won a BCS bowl and a Big 12 title. Still, it hasn't been enough.
Who and when will we see the first sooner recruit?? and do you think this will have a domino effect??
I don't know about the domino effect, but I'd be surprised if OU didn't have at least one in the next week or two.
RG3 is going to be on the cover of NCAA13. Who, in the BigXII-ish, do you want to play as the most? Being a fan of the run game, I'd lean to Texas with Brown/Bergeron/Gray?
I love the QBs and hard-hitting safeties. I'll probably mess around with WVU and TCU on the game this summer to get more feel for their depth chart, too.
David, I'm moving to Japan next month to teach English... Do you have any recomendations for watching my Big 12 games overseas? Go Cats!
ESPN3, sir. Get the WatchESPN App and use it liberally.
Is it just me, or does the BigXII seem to have the best collection of coaches in the country? Mack and Stoops have been doing it for years, Gundy/Briles/Rhodes seem rock solid. Snyder is a magician. Tubbs, once a hot commodity, is probably on the lower tier in the BigXII.
Maybe so. He's got a better resume than a lot of those guys, but we're still waiting for him to do something at Tech. He's recruited well, which is a good step, but Tech's only won 13 games in two years. That's been unheard of in Lubbock lately.
If you had to pick a 2012 Big 12 rushing champ right this instant, who would you choose and why?
Joseph Randle. He'll have a great O-line, and with a young QB and unproven big-time receivers, OSU will lean on him.
David, in your opinion where is the toughest place to play in Big 12? (Other than Mountaineer Field of course).
Tough call. Used to be Nebraska. Then it was A&M. Now, I'd probably say OU or Texas Tech.
What team with high expectations going in to next year is most poised for a TAMU-like meltdown?
Probably K-State, just because of the number of close games it won this year. The Wildcats could have easily been 6-6 or 5-7 if the ball bounces differently in a few spots. I don't think it'll happen (Snyder effect), but the chances are higher than anyone else.
What sort of improvement do you expect from Jared Barnett in his sophomore season?
He's got to be consistent on the easy throws. That's the first thing for any young QB. Look at how he played in the Pinstripe Bowl: He just has to be better. Slants, eight-yard outs, flats. Those throws have to be on the money 90-95% of the time. He was all over the place in the last couple games.
Come on Ubs, 9-3 for TCU? That's a little high. They will have success, but they are REALLY upgrading their schedule. I'm thinking closer to 7.
Upgrading their schedule, yes. But Mo, I think you're underestimating the kind of talent they have returning in 2011. Three 700-yard rushers? A big-time QB? Three great receivers with plenty of potential to go with their production? The Horned Frogs offense will be as good as anyone's.
Ubbs, Kendall Wright ran a 4.6 40 at the combine. I thought he was much faster than that. Is simply a case of jitters, and not rising to the occasion, or I was mistaken about his speed? How much did he damage his stock?
No idea. That was eye popping to me. Maybe he was banged up. Maybe he trained poorly before the draft. I don't know, but he was much faster than that during the season.
As a WVU fan, what are the three best Big 12 stadiums/game day environments that I should go visit in the next few years?
Tough, tough question. You'll need to see Texas and OU just because they're Texas and OU. There's no such thing in the Big East. As for the third? I'd probably suggest Oklahoma State, Texas Tech or Kansas State.
Why hasn't ftc gone after conference for false advertising. Not 12 and not all that big.
Hey David, since WVU and TCU are new members to the Big 12 this year. Should you going to introduce yourself and also know what they should expect from you from blogging the teams this year?
Interesting idea, Jason. I may just do that.
Who would be the dark horse to the win the Big 12 this year?
Does Texas count? Is it allowed to ever be a dark horse?
A few more questions before we wrap up...
Which of the new additions to the WR group for the sooners have the biggest chance of making an immediate impact?
Trey Metoyer could be one of those guys. The spring will help. I haven't seen a lot of Courtney Gardner for myself, but I hear tons and tons of good things about him and his ability to step in immediately. Arkansas was fired up about him before the Sooners swiped him.
When I watch the clips of Gundy Doing the Gundy I always hear the music to the song "Do the Hustle". Is there something wrong with me?
How often are you watching the videos, man? I'd be more worried about that than anything else.
What kind of numbers does David Ash need to put up with a solid to elite running game for UT to have a chance to compete for the Big 12 title this year?
2,500 yards passing. 3:1 Touchdown/INT ratio.
Do two Big 12 teams have a chance of making it into the BCS this year?
Yes. Should have made it last year. K-State was robbed. Virginia Tech's resume was a joke last year.
Which group of fans give you the hardest time?
Ah, nobody gives me too hard of a time. I hear from some more than others. Some are more paranoid than others and some are touchier than others. It's all in good fun.
Any word out of Big 12 HQ about the major bowl tie in? Any chance the Cotton Bowl bumps the Fiesta for the Big 12 champ in the near future?
I asked about the Cotton Bowl joining the BCS at the BCS meetings last week. No movement toward it happening. Hasn't really even been talked about. Which is a shame.
Dave, any "bad blood" between Holgerson and any other coach in the Big 12?
Not really, unless Bill Stewart lands a job in the league in the next six months.
What percentage do you give OSU to repeat as conference champs this year?
OK, that's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. I had fun with you folks. See you next week!