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 tonight’s drink of choice, a Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company. Cheers!
@RPTexan asks: Texas Tech finished their 10 games with no COVID-19 issues. I think they should lobby the B12 to get another game (or 2!)! There are still 2 weeks left in the regular season and it does not make sense to just stop playing. Agree or disagree?
Duke: Appreciate the question Robert but I would disagree here. At some point it is time to call it a season and after going 4-6 this season, it would be best to hang it up and move on to 2021. Matt Wells could not coach in the last game due to COVID-19 and after the team’s performance this season, I would think coach Wells would want to get healthy and start preparing for next season. Maybe I am wrong here, but Texas Tech really has nothing left to play for. We have no idea how this bowl season will be and to me, it is not worth the risk of even playing. Kansas State is also done with their season and I think they should shut it down and move on as well.
@ColeConverseIA asks: If Texas cannot get Urban, wouldn’t every replacement option for Herman only be considered Sub-Urban?
Duke: Yes, it would. But if Texas does not get Urban Meyer, I think they will end up keeping Tom Herman for another season although I do not think Herman is the right man for Texas in the long run. There was a report Sunday night that says Urban is not ready to come back to coaching yet due to health reasons and honestly, if you had health issues would you want to be coaching in Austin? Because I sure wouldn’t.
@bigxiicountry asks: What is the worst question you have gotten this season?
Duke: I appreciate all my questions I get because it shows me that people read this thing. I don’t know why but I always thank my readers when I can. With that said, any expansion question or conference realignment question gets on my nerves a little. But it happens every year when we are bored so I don’t blame people for asking.
@TedFlintKansas asks: Scale 1-10 how much are Oklahoma fans overlooking the ISU rematch?
Duke: I would say maybe a five or six. I do not think a lot of people in Oklahoma are putting a lot of stock from the October matchup and honestly, I would not either. Both teams have gotten better since then and both are playing at a high level. People are
aware that Iowa State is a dangerous team and I mean look at their last three games. They have allowed just 26 points in their last three contests and have been blowing teams out like nobody’s business. What the Cyclones just did to West Virginia was criminal and with Oklahoma playing West Virginia this week, there will be a little pressure to not only win this game but win it convincingly for national perception. And let’s not forget that Iowa State is ranked ahead of Oklahoma. That usually is not the case come conference championship weekend.
@ankorleski asks: I think Herman’s changes in staffing are going to be beneficial as we move forward. Looks like he is getting another shot. Thoughts?
Duke: The most beneficial thing to happen to Tom Herman is Urban Meyer saying no. Because if Urban wants to be in Austin, Texas would push Tom out the door and never look back. Chris Ash has been good for Texas as the defense has shown some signs of improvements, but the inconsistent play of this football team is a direct reflection of the head coach. If Herman gets to come back next season, it is because of his pricey buyout and the limited coaching market.
@SethF17 asks: Is it a bigger benefit for OU at be playing this weekend and to stay in rhythm, or does ISU benefit more by having the two-week prep time?
Duke: I would go with Iowa State getting two weeks to prepare for a good Oklahoma team. The Sooners have some guys still banged up and out due to COVID-19 so I am sure they would much rather stay in Norman than head to Morgantown on Saturday.
@QHocker asks: Will you pay for my ticket to the Big 12 Championship game?
Duke: Are you crazy? I am a struggling blogger here and do you know how much tickets are going for right now? About $250 for the cheapest seats. That is a bit pricey and honestly, I hope I can get a media pass to go to the game.