Welcome to the HCS Big 12 mailbag. This mailbag is for all you football junkies out there who root for a Big 12 school who not only have questions about your team, but other teams in the conference as well. So, join me, grab a cold brew or your favorite drink and relax as I answer all your Big 12 questions in my mailbag. For those interested, I will send out a tweet (@Derekduke25) every Monday at noon until last call (No, not 2 AM) at 8 PM CT for you to send in your questions to be answered every Tuesday right here at Heartland College Sports.
I will pick the best question for each mailbag and label it as my question of the week. The winner gets a free HCS Koozie to keep your beer cold (Unless you like it warm, but that’s just plain wrong). I want to thank each one of you who submitted a question this week and for those reading, I am glad you could join me. I took off last week due to me being at Big 12 Media Days last week but now I am back. I am doing this on Monday evening and of course this mailbag wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a cold beverage right next to me choice? A little Tito’s and sprite because it is refreshing on a hot summer night. Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who submitted a question and I had so many questions this week I had to break it up into two parts. If you don’t see your question here, you will see it in part two on Wednesday. Cheers!
@_REALMC asks: If Kansas starts 3-0 which Big 12 team could they beat?
Duke: Well it is nice to see that some people live in fantasy land because Kansas won’t start 3-0 since they will lose to Boston College before conference play. Now with that being said there are just two Big 12 teams in which I could see Kansas maybe pulling off an upset. Those two teams are West Virginia and Kansas State. Both programs are in rebuilding modes just like Kansas so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kansas upset one of these two teams this year. Also, how about a Kansas question to start off the mailbag? Hopefully I didn’t scare anyone off just now.
@Doc_Texas asks: Jump in your time machine and tell me which games will be national story lines?
Duke: Without getting into detail, here would be my full list for the season.
- Houston @ Oklahoma
- LSU @ Texas
- Iowa @ Iowa State
- Oklahoma State @ Texas
- Iowa State @ Baylor
- TCU @ Iowa State
- Oklahoma vs Texas
- Texas @ TCU
- Kansas State @ Kansas
- Iowa State @ Oklahoma
- Texas @ Iowa State
- Texas @ Baylor
- Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State
@PaddyInTulsa asks: How many weeks before Chuba Hubbard gets some Heisman odds?
Duke: Great question. I wrote about some Heisman/Big 12 odds on Monday and you are spot on. Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard is not currently listed. In fact, no Big 12 running back was listed on any sheet I saw regarding Heisman odds. Although OSU WR Tylan Wallace was listed (+10000), I would think that Chuba has better odds but that’s just me. With that being said, I will say maybe somewhere mid-season. For anyone that is not a quarterback better have a HUGE year to even get a shot to get to New York. To be honest with you, I don’t think it matters if Chuba has odds or not because I wouldn’t put any money on him to win regardless. If you put a gun to my head, I would pick Texas QB Sam Ehlinger getting the invite to New York, but I would still say that he would be behind Tua and Trevor Lawrence in my book.
@RPTexan asks: Does the Big 12 have the country’s best quarterbacks? And how will the TE reemergence change Big 12 offenses?
Duke: I had to cut some of your questions down Robert so I picked the best two that I think people would be curious to hear about. I do think that the Big 12 has the best quarterbacks in the country. The SEC and the Big Ten are still figuring out the whole “Passing” thing although they both have some solid quarterbacks in their conference. The ACC has Trevor Lawrence and the Pac-12 has Justin Herbert but I’ll take Jalen Hurts, Sam Ehlinger, Brock Purdy, Charlie Brewer and Alan Bowman over any other conferences top five quarterbacks. Book it.
Now as for the tight end question, this was a hot topic at Big 12 media days, and I am not sure why. Iowa State and Oklahoma use their tight ends well but and some other programs are still a work in progress there, but it will take some time for schools to get those guys on campus and properly develop them. It adds a dimension to your offense because you have an extra blocker who can also stretch the middle of the field and can be a mismatch nightmare if you have the right guy there.
@SethLDow asks: How many losses will the Big 12 title game teams have combined? More than 3?
Duke: In case you don’t know, I have an Oklahoma-Texas rematch for the Big 12 title game. I don’t really have a long, complicated answer for this question, but my answer is three on the dot. I believe Oklahoma will finish the regular season at 11-1 and Texas will finish the regular season at 10-2.
@RealJevKev asks: Do you think WVU is the team with the most question marks in the Big 12?
Duke: Have you seen Kansas play in the last eight years? But I get your point here because WVU does have a ton of question marks everywhere. Losing Will Grier and some of those high-powered receivers are tough as well as losing some guys like Yodny Cajuste up front. Although I will say that I like West Virginia’s backfield with Kennedy McKoy, Martell Pettaway and Leddie Brown at running back. Now defensively, I think WVU is going to take a step back this year losing so much up front and LB David Long who was on of the best defenders in the entire country. Right now, I have WVU finishing 8th in the Big 12 and I think most logical people would have them anywhere from 7 through 10.
@derreck_sps asks: Give me your top five cereals in order.
Duke: I am not a big cereal guy believe it or not. I am in south Texas, so breakfast tacos are a go to of mine but my favorite breakfast is pig in the blankets and kolaches. And yes, there is a difference between the two because pigs in the blankets ARE NOT KOLACHES! But as far as cereals go here would be my top five.
- Strawberry Frost Mini-Wheats
- Cocoa Krispies
- Raisin Bran
- Fruity Pebbles
- Trix (Yes, I know they are for kids)
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