No matter which Big 12 team you root for, you must admit: Over the last 20 years, it has been Oklahoma and then everyone else. There has been a clear gap over the last two decades in terms of consistency within the conference. Sure, Texas was the last school to win a national championship (2005) and have a title game appearance (2009), but nobody has won more hardware than the Sooners.
Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, and Kansas State had their moments from 2011-2014, but that still doesn’t compare to what Oklahoma has accomplished. Not only are they the reigning six-time conference champions but they have total of 14 Big 12 championships since the conference began in 1996. One could argue that from 2011 to 2014 had some questionable conference championship claims due to the Big 12 dropping the ball, but still, no other school in the conference has more than three conference crowns.
OU reminded the Big 12 of this on Saturday with this tweet.
Now, look across the Red River and you will find that the Texas Longhorns have had four different head coaches in the past ten years. And each time a new coach has stepped into Austin, they would claim that changes are coming. But nothing has changed over the last six years. Oklahoma has been the lone school to represent the conference in the College Football Playoff and filled up their trophy case. Meanwhile Texas hasn’t won a Big 12 title in over a decade and has just one New Year’s Six bowl win since 2010.
I totally get it. Everyone loves the new guy in town and especially when he is wearing the burnt orange. Recruiting gets hot, the fan support gets behind him and people think this is the guy to lead them to the promise land. I am not saying Steve Sarkisian can’t be that guy, but let’s pump the brakes a little bit (see what I did there?). While some may think the next big thing is coming to Austin, Texas, it was a funny to see the Oklahoma coaches remind certain people who is running the show in the Big 12.
I am not here to say that Oklahoma will never let go of their Big 12 reign, nor am I saying that Texas is back. But what I will say is that during the next few seasons when these two programs meet up in Dallas, it may have a little extra juice than normal. And that’s saying something for the Red River Showdown.
But for the Big 12 Conference, and college football in general, these two teams battling atop the conference has always been a good thing. And while that could return sooner than later, Texas still has plenty to prove, while Oklahoma is showing no signs at all that it’s slowing down its ownership of the Big 12.
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