Welcome to Fact or Fiction Friday. Each Friday I give you the opportunity to ask the most intriguing questions in the Big 12 Conference and I will tell you whether they come true or if they are set to fail. Let’s crack it open and see what we have in store this week.
Does Brock Purdy come back to Iowa State next year?
Fiction: I have a tough time seeing Brock Purdy come back to Ames for the 2022 season. He owns about every school record imaginable and has nothing more to prove to anyone. While he may not be the high draft pick we all thought he could be, some NFL teams will be happy to take him at some point in the draft. Brock has started for four seasons with the Cyclones and with the roster overhaul next season, Brock is likely to move on to the next chapter in his career. I think some NFL team will get a steal if he is available after the first two rounds.
Will Neal Brown and Chris Klieman be on the hot seat next year?
Fact: One could argue Neal Brown is already on the hot seat in year three, but Chris Klieman appears to be off the hook for now. West Virginia has not been competitive in the Big 12 over the last three years and if they get off to a slow start in 2022, people will start to question if Neal Brown is the right man in Morgantown.
As for Chris Klieman, he bought an extra year depending on how this season finishes out, but I am going to be interested to see what happens when he doesn’t have Skylar Thomspon at quarterback. If Kansas State starts like they did this year in 2022, I could see people chirping like they were earlier this year. However, I don’t think Klieman deserves it because he is the right man for the job at Kansas State in my book.
Did the Big 12 make a mistake by not inviting Memphis?
Fiction: The Big 12 made the right choices when adding the four schools they chose. UCF, Cincinnati, Houston, and BYU are solid choices, and I would put those schools ahead of Memphis. In fact, I would even take SMU and Boise State over Memphis as well. That’s no knock against Memphis because they are an interesting program, but they certainly have some issues to work out there such as getting a new football stadium. Maybe in the next round of realignment Memphis will be more prepared when the time comes.
Is Baylor going to beat Oklahoma?
Fiction: Baylor is a good football team, but Oklahoma is still a notch above. I understand this will be the best defense Caleb Williams has seen so far but look at what TCU’s Chandler Morris did against this Baylor defense. He torched them for over 500 yards and that was his first career start. I am not saying Caleb Williams will top Chandler’s performance, but Caleb is a better quarterback who has a few games under his belt. The Sooners will be able to score some points and I don’t see the Baylor offense being able to keep up. It should be a good game but, in the end, I am still sticking with Oklahoma.
If Oklahoma State wins a Big 12 title, will Mike Gundy be considered for the USC or LSU job?
Fact: If Oklahoma State wins out and brings home a Big 12 title to Stillwater, Mike Gundy should be considered for these jobs. In fact, he should be already but there is one major problem: Mike Gundy isn’t going anywhere. Sure, he flirted with Baylor and some other schools a few years ago but Mike is a smart man who knew what he was doing which was trying to get a raise and he did. He is a lifer at Oklahoma State no matter what and there is zero chance he leaves Stillwater to go coach somewhere else.