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What I learned from the Big 12: Bowl Edition

Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:11 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Oklahoma can crush Cinderella in a BCS bowl.  Just as long as Cinderella makes her way to the ball through a BCS conference.  After years of being woken up in the middle of the night due to nightmares about the Statue of Liberty, Ian Johnson and blue grass, Bob Stoops can finally get a good night's sleep.  Sure, beating UConn isn't exactly going to make the country stand up and notice Oklahoma, but at least the Sooners finally get to head into an offseason with some positive momentum behind them.  With Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles both coming back next season, the Sooners are the easy pick to be favored in the Slightly Smaller 12 and should contend for another national championship.

2. Though Oklahoma State may have a different opinion about that.  The Cowboys put the finishing touches on a season that saw the team fall six points shy of toppling their in-state rivals and playing for their own conference championship.  It seems like every season we say that "this could be the year" for Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys inevitably fall short of expectations.  This year, they surpassed them. With an easy win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl, and the prospect of having Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon back next year, the Cowboys should make some more noise in 2011.

3. Kansas State may not celebrate anything ever again.  It wasn't the most important bowl game of the season by any means, but the end of the Pinstripe Bowl is a memory that is likely to stick with me for a while.  I know the Wildcats will remember it.  What was a great game was marred by a bad call at the end when Adrian Hilburn was called for unsportsmanlike conduct following a touchdown when saluting the crowd.  This decision cost Kansas State a chance to win the game as the Wildcats were forced to attempt a game-tying two-point conversion from the 18-yard line.

4. While we're on the subject of the Big Ten taking things from the Big 12.  Farewell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who now move on to the Big Ten for the 2011 season.  Judging by Nebraska's performance against Washington in the Holiday Bowl, it's a move that couldn't have come quick enough for the Huskers.  After losing to Oklahoma in the final Big 12 Championship, Nebraska didn't look like a team with anything much to play for against Washington.  As odd as it will feel to see Nebraska playing in the Big Ten next season, it'll be stranger still to not see them playing in the Big 12.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:24 am

What I learned from the Big 12: Bowl Edition

Boy, fantastic world wide web document. Exactly where is going to be blog's RSS feed?

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 1:09 am

What I learned from the Big 12: Bowl Edition

BigdaddyQueen wrote : "...

Basically, the Big 12 was a Big failure in the bowl games..."

( seem to be able to dish it out, let's see if you can take it...)

Basically, the Georgia Bulldogs were a big embarrassment to the rest of the SEC, and they were pitiful all season long. To sure everyone was fully aware that they were really really bad, Georgia managed to even lose their pointless bowlgame. They got beat in the Liberty Bowl to a very weak team, a team that had 3 earlier losses to below average teams including Southern Miss and abnormally weak Kansas State. Georgia only won 3 conference games this season and if not for a very weak non-conference schedule the Bulldogs would not have even been eligible to play in the forgetable bowlgame in which they lost in spite of getting a seemingly cushy opponent and having defacto home field advantage.

(however Georgia will be retooling their non-conference schedule and find another directional school to play because they still got creamed by a pathetic Colorado team)

What bigfatdaddyQ callled a big failure for the Big 12 conference in the bowl games was simply more of the same rash of upset losses that was prevalent throughout all the Bowl games. Out of 35 bowl games the underdog team probably won at least half of them, and both the Missouri loss to Iowa and the Nebraska loss to Washington were two of the biggest upsets. The SEC had their own share of upsets including losses by favored South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and the SEC enjoyed some upset wins including Auburn, LSU, Florida, Alabama, and Miss. State.

The Big-12 overall bowlgame record was not very different than the Big-10, the ACC, the Big East, or even the SEC. If the PAC had managed to get more than 3 teams bowl-eligible, I'm sure they would have also had similar success as the other BCS conferences.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:41 pm

What I learned from the Big 12: Bowl Edition

Basically, the Big 12 was a Big failure in the bowl games.  Sure OU got the monkey off their backs crushing a 4 loss team.  Oklahoma State esily defeated a 6 loss Arizona team (losers of their last 5 games).  Texs Tech barely got by a Northwestern team who was missing their star QB and player.  Then things got ugly.  A&M was shreaded by LSU.  Baylor lost what amounted to a home game to a 6-6 Illinois team.  Nebraksa was humiliated by a 6-6 Washington team.  Kansas State lost to Syracuse.  Missouri lost to a 5 loss Iowa team.  3-5 for a conference favored in six of their bowl games and an underdog by no more than 2 points in the other two.  A very poor showing by theBig 12, who simply do not have the athletes they thought they had.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:31 pm

What I learned from the Big 12: Bowl Edition

While I agree that what the KSU player did was not all that outrageous, I don't have a problem with referees calling excessive celebration more. While the integrity of College Football has been repeatedly mocked over the last few months, perhaps this is one area where it can be preserved. Enforce the penalty and stop kids from dancing around like a bunch of ego-maniacs. 

That being said, if KSU was my team I would be extremely upset. 

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