Hey, everybody. Welcome to the Big 12 chat. What's on your minds today?
Obviously if KSU and OU both win this weekend, KSU would go to the Fiesta Bowl and OU would probably go to the Sugar. If OU would win and KSU would lose, would KSU have a shot at the Sugar? If not, why wouldn't they as a 10-2 team?
I don't think so. That's asking a lot. It's impossible if Kent State wins. But K-State would be pretty undesirable at that point. They'd be coming off two uninspired losses in three weeks to end the season and wouldn't have any share of the Big 12 title. 10-2 would be a great record, but they would likely fall all the way back to the Alamo Bowl.
After this upcoming Saturday it looks like TCU, WVU and TTU will all be 7-5. Will it matter in the bowl picks that TTU beat both of the other teams or when it comes to the lower bowls is it really more about the match ups?
It's largely about late-season momentum and matchups. TCU has the most, followed by WVU and TTU. The way Tech finished doesn't really make them an attractive candidate, and WVU has a lot of big names that fans will recognize. This is all about bowls getting the matchup that fans want to see most. It'd be fun to see WVU-Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl. Or any Big East team, really.
What do you think the chances are the Big 12 expands before the start of the playoffs?
Very low right now.
Shouldn't Johnny Manziel's arrest influence Heisman voters? If it doesn't, where is the moral compass in College Football. Klein and Te'o are much more deserving!!
This argument is so dumb. First off, Manziel's arrest was for two misdemeanors, the worst of which was disorderly conduct. Cam Newton had a more serious past, and nobody cared, or at least not folks digging for reasons why he shouldn't win the Heisman. If Manziel was under investigation for sexual assault or some violent crime, then fine. I think that matters. But some idiotic, alcohol-fueled fight back in June, and getting caught with a fake ID? Please.
Do you think Collin Klein has a chance to win the Heisman by having a stellar game against Texas?
He's still alive. Getting the last word helps. He's going to need something Herculean (300 passing yards, 150 rushing yards, 5 TDs) to really even make it interesting, but it's not over until it's over. None of the other candidates have any games left. That helps Klein.
Was Texas in your top 25 ballot? Baylor is the best team they've beaten at home and they have arguably the worst loss of any team all season (Red River Rivalry). The Horns are a questionable call in Stillwater away from having another horrendous season... and that's not even counting their debacle @ Kansas.
Yeah, I agree with you Collin. The four-game winning streak, even though it came against questionable competition, had me buying in to Texas. Amazing how one game can change the outlook of a season. Texas looked completely lost. One win over K-State might change a few things for the Horns, too.
Ubben, if OU gets lucky and wins the conference outright, there is talk of the Sugar and Fiesta trading teams so there is an OU vs UF game, how exactly does that work?
Well, you pretty much just talk to the bowls. It's nothing against the Fiesta. Oklahoma's just been out there too much. I think Berry Tramel called it "desert fatigue" this week. The Insight Bowl is hosted by the same people at many of the same places, and OU has been in one or the other in four of the last six years, including the last two. Just want a change of scenery.
David If you had to guess, who would be the starting QB for the Longhorns next season Brewer, Overstreet, or Ash?
Ash. I'm interested to see what Tyrone Swoopes does once he enrolls early. He had a rough season this year as a senior, but you never know. Nobody thought Ash would earn time as a freshman, either. A lot can happen between now and August.
What bowl will ISU go to? Who will they play and will they win?
Depends on what happens at the top of the league. If the Big 12 does indeed get two BCS teams, Iowa State should end up in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which I like to refer to as the Zombie Cotton Bowl. If not, Iowa State will have to go to a bowl without a Big 12 tie, because the league only has eight tie-ins. Could be anywhere. Independence Bowl again?
Thoughts about the TCU/OU game this Saturday? I think that the Frogs may be able to hold OU to its smallest offensive stats of the year. If the Frogs are able to throw the ball well and win the turnover battle - TCU might just pull another upset.
I'd agree with that. More on that later this week ...
Is your curse the reason we lost on Saturday?
I'd say special teams, fourth-quarter three-and-outs and late-game defense had a little more to do with it.
How much do you think Landry's recent efforts have affected his draft status? Those were some clutch drives in the past two weeks, something I think was doubted from him in the past.
Definitely has gone up a bit. He's been solid in Big 12 play. It'll be interesting to see how he handles the combine and how it affects his stock. I think he'll do well, but he's racked up a lot of great --and not so great -- game tape. He seems like a high risk, high reward pick. No idea what'll happen with him in the NFL.
I do think he'll convince somebody to take him in the first round. Measurables are just to ideal for the NFL game.
Mr. Ubbs, how do you see OSU doing in a potential SEC match up in the cotton bowl? Or even the PAC-12 Matchup in the Alamo bowl? Which is the better matchup for us and what would make a better game.
Very well. I'm excited about it. We haven't seen a really good Big 12 offense with that spread style in the Cotton Bowl in awhile.
Who are you endorsing for Big Xll COY? Gotta be Snyder right? RIGHT?!?!?!
Most likely. If he loses this week, I may have to think about Gundy or Patterson.
What are the odds that OSU loses to Baylor this weekend? How disappointing of an end would that be with such a solid team?
It's possible. Oklahoma State's got to be spent a bit after last week's game. OSU's the best team in this game, though. Clint Chelf should have a big day. It'll take an off day from the Pokes to lose it.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being most interesting how would you rate this Big 12 season overall?
Ah, I'd say about an 8. It's been good. Not quite as crazy at the top as I thought it might be. Some surprises. Some disappointments. Good year.
David - How much weight does a nickname carry in the Heisman race? Optimus Klein v. Johnny Football...Klein's got this all the way.
Not enough, folks.
If Landry Jones has another Saturday like the last 2 does he get any Heisman consideration? Let's say he throws for over 500yds and 4 TD's. Considering the WR struggles to start the year he has had a pretty darn good year. 6th in the nation for yards.
No Heisman nod, but if he does that against the Big 12's best defense at TCU, he'll have my attention. Depending on what Klein does, he might make the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year voting very interesting.
How worried should I be about Kent St snubbing my sooners out of the sugar bowl? If that happens can you see a cotton bowl matchup with LSU happening? I would love to play Florida or LSU. Get a lil payback for '03 or '08.
Better find a Northern Illinois hat ... and fast. Could very well see LSU in that game. It'd be fun. Rematch of the 2003 national title game.
What does Baylor have to do to beat Okie State this weekend?
Force some turnovers and score in the red zone. That's what's absolutely killed them the past two years in Stillwater. They've come away empty down there and been sliced up by the OSU offense.
How can we talk Heisman and not mention Tavon Austin ?
I didn't earlier today. That 6-5 record is too much for him to get legitimate mention.
I know it is early but what are you predictions for next year in the Big 12? Seems like most teams are losing a lot..
A lot are. I think you'll see TCU and OSU be really strong. Maybe the favorites. OU will be right there, too. Texas should be on paper, but it's tough to have faith in the Longhorns these days. Can't "wait 'til next year" every year.
Did we (Texas Tech) end up being who you thought we were? Or are you going to let us off the hook?
Haha. Nice. You weren't who I thought you were seven games in. That K-State game started it all. It's been a long, painful stay in Ouchtown for the Red Raiders these past few weeks.
Tommy Tuberville said losing Jace Amaro took away 25-30% of Tech's offense. Was Amaro really that important or is Tubs making excuses?
I kind of buy it. I mean, Tech is deep at receiver, but they don't have a guy who can block like he can or be the force down the middle of the field that Amaro was. Darrin Moore's got good size in the red zone, but the Amaro loss was huge. Overlooked a little bit, in my opinion.
Odds that I leave Waco for "greener" pastures?
You can never say never when it comes to this kind of things, but Briles believes he can do big things at Baylor, and I'd expect him to want to be around when the Bears open their new stadium in 2014.
Hey David, Do you think we'll see a Aggie - Longhorn national championship game any time soon? With the Longhorns recently being a perennial almost team, and the Aggies coming into their own, what do you put the over/under at?
I'm not betting on it, but I know that would be the greatest championship game atmosphere of all-time. Can you imagine if it was played in Cowboys Stadium, too? I bet some tickets for that game would reach five digits. Not kidding at all.
Which Big 12 teams will begin the 2013 season with the same starting QB who finished 2012?
Iowa State with Richardson. Texas with Ash. I think that may be it. I expect OSU to go back to Lunt. Pachall may return to TCU. It's Heaps' time at KU. Geno's gone at WVU and Michael Brewer and Blake Bell should take over at Tech and OU.
If the Big 12 does expand; does it come down to the Maryland settlement; to see whether FSU and Clemson can join?
No doubt that will have a big effect. If the Terps leave for a reasonable number, I'd say it makes the odds FSU and Clemson leave much higher. Still, the ACC sounds like it believes that $50 million exit fee is iron clad.
Which Big 12 team was most affected by a single injury this season?
Tough call. Does Pachall count at TCU? What about Klein at K-State? He didn't miss time, but he wasn't himself after the head injury at Oklahoma State. I'd probably go with the latter.
Ubbs, can you clear up a debate between a few of us here at work. Does kent state "steal" the big easts BCS bid if they finish higher than the big east champ, or do they turn one of the at large bids into an "auto" bid for themselves?
Turns one of the at-large bids into an auto bid. The Big East still gets its champion in the BCS.
I should clarify: Kent State only gets an automatic BCS bid if it finishes higher than the Big East champion AND in the top 16. They're currently No. 17 and play No. 21 Northern Illinois this week in the MAC title game.
How about an update on recruiting sometime this week?
It gets crazy during the season. Look for one after the season is over.
What does Baylor have to do in the next two games to earn your respect back?
They won it at K-State. I picked 'em to win against Tech. Be competitive this week and win a bowl game? That's a pretty stinkin' good year when you consider what the Bears' lost from last year's team.
Ubbs!!! You better not put OU on upset alert!!! How do you really see the bowls playing out if KSU, OU and Kent St. all win? Does the Sugar bowl really take Kent St.?
Doesn't have to be the Sugar Bowl, but there's no choice to be made. It's BCS rules. And stupid.
How early does Tavon Austin get drafted?
Gotta be first round. He's too dangerous in the open field. If you've got offensive creativity, he can be a special player. He doesn't fit in a lot of NFL boxes, but you can find a spot for him to have big success.
Would you consider not putting a team on upset alert? What about potentially doing an opposite day and say which teams will not get upset. Switch it up.....
Haha, last time I did that, Baylor beat the heck out of K-State. I didn't think the Bears had a chance to keep that game within single digits. To their credit, they didn't.
How good is 'The Walking Dead'?
Loving this season. Looking forward to the finale this week.
Why is it that Art Briles can pull skill players out of his long sleeve shirt for a party trick but UT can't find a quarterback to save their life (and season, and careers)
The man has an eye for it. Texas' inability to find a quarterback has defined their recent mediocrity. No doubt about that. Briles can find and develop passers, and his offense is well-suited to their talents.
Is Baylor's new stadium too small? The school is expanding with record freshman classes 3 years straight. The football team is getting more popular. However, the bears are getting a smaller stadium than Floyd Casey.
No, it's the right size. Baylor has issues selling out their current stadium. No sense in building a new, bigger one if you can't fill it. The school's getting bigger, but not that much bigger.
Does Twill get the Biletnikoff? If not, what would it take for him to receive the award?
Going to be close between him and Marqise Lee. I'm not sure who I'm voting for yet. I go back and forth. A big day against good OSU corners will help his case.
Style Q - Let's get your gear selections out on the table. What kind of phone do you carry? What kind of laptop? Do you have a cellular modem for the laptop?
Haha. If I must. I go iPhone 4. No upgrades for me. Macbook Pro. And yes I have an AirCard.
Where do you see Arthur Brown being selected in the draft?
He's a little undersized, so I could see him falling to the second or third round. Still, with his IQ and speed, he's going to be very hard to turn down in the first down. We'll see more at the combine. His game tape won't lie. He's a stud.
Do you think Kirby Van Der Kamp (ISU Punter) will get the Ray Guy Award?
Sorry, nope. He's not a finalist.
Team most affected by an injury was easily WVU. When they lost Shawn Alston after the first few weeks of the season, the running game was completely sporadic, and the offense stalled. No question.
That's a decent case. I don't think Alston's a game-breaking player, but his absence was felt in the pass blocking game and WVU had trouble getting tough yards. He'd be pretty high on my list.
Ubbs, how many injuries, tipped passes, bad calls, etc has TTU had this year? Seriously, with a little luck we could be undefeated right?
Absolutely not. No idea where you get that. There have been some close losses, but the two Big 12 title contenders beat the heck out of Tech.
Devionte Fields is a Freshman All American right?And other Big 12 nominations?
Most definitely. He's going to be hard to unseat as the league's DPOY.
That's it for me today. Thanks for all the questions. See you next week.