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.
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 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. My choice? Something I found at the store. It’s a Guinness Baltimore Blonde. Cheers!
@RPTexan asks: Now that Mike Defee is no longer reffing for the B12, who will be able to make all fan bases come together in hatred? Who is the new ‘worst’ ref in the Big 12? thanks!
Duke: I will be honest. I have no idea because 99% of them are horrible. I know that the officiating in the Big 12 has been an issue for years now and it seemed like Mike Defee and Reggie Smith were having a weekly contest on who can make the biggest ass out of themselves but they are both gone. No matter what Big 12 game I watch, the refs are always making fools up themselves weekly. Between phantom calls and unnecessary long replays, it seems to have gotten worse this season. With that said, I will go with Scott Campbell. The guy with the glasses. It would help if he stopped worrying about how his arms look on tv and focus more on the calls on the field which is you know, his job.
DBSportsYT asks: With how crazy this year has been with upsets and everything, how surprised would you be if Oklahoma and Texas still made the Big 12 Championship Game?
Duke: I would be about as shocked as can be. I think the Pac-12 has a better chance to finally get into the playoff before that happened. Oklahoma currently has two losses in conference play and so does Texas. So as of right now, neither team controls their own destiny as Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Iowa State remain undefeated in conference play. In Oklahoma’s case, they already lost to Kansas State and Iowa State so both of those teams could lose two conference games and still be ahead of Oklahoma due to the head to head win. Texas has yet to play any of those three teams I mentioned and with two conference losses themselves, there is very little, and I mean VERY little chance they finish the season without another loss. Between the two, the Sooners have the better chances as they seem to be heading in a somewhat positive direction as Texas is going the opposite way.
@SethLDow asks: Which is more likely: a Farmageddon Big 12 championship or that Texas or OU make it to the championship game? Also, give out your awards for the season so far with coach of the year, offensive player of the year, newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year.
Duke: To answer your first question, I must go with the Farmageddon matchup although I think neither one of those games happen for a Big 12 title scenario. Iowa State and Kansas State are both undefeated in Big 12 play while Texas and Oklahoma already have two losses. So, with that said, I will go with the Farmageddon matchup and to be honest, I would be all for it.
As for my awards so far this season it would go something like this.
Coach of the year: Kansas State HC Chris Klieman
Newcomer of the year: Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler
Offensive Player of the year: Iowa State RB Breece Hall
Defensive Player of the year: Iowa State DE JaQuan Bailey
@ia11stat asks: Does Breece Hall tell the B12 QB’s to sit down and win B12 Player of the year?
Duke: Well if you can see the question and my answer above then yes. Despite each quarterback having two losses between Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger and Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, those two appear to be the top quarterbacks in the Big 12 at this moment. Both guys are lighting up the stat sheet and Sam is doing it with his arm and his legs as he has a total of 21 touchdowns on the year. Now if Sam puts up numbers like this as the season goes on, he has a case but if Texas comes crashing down with more losses, I think he will take a back seat to Iowa State running back Breece Hall who is on fire right now averaging 132 yards a game and has 8 touchdowns on the year. By the way, congrats on the question of the week.
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