Big 12 Football Mailbag: Cinci’s Next Move, TCU’s Bowl Situation, Big 12 Player That Was Overlooked

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Christian

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 want to thank each one of you who submitted a question this week and for tonight’s drink of choice? I thought I would open up something special for my final mailbag of the season. Cheers!


@clonesjer asks: How does Iowa State’s victory over #1 North Carolina impact the outlook for the rest of the season now that the entire country has moved on from football season?

Duke: Hey now, not all of us have moved on from football season. We still have a Big 12 championship game this weekend and eight bowl games to cover. Unfortunately, your team (Iowa State) is done for the year which is a shame. After a 3-0 start, Iowa State went 1-8 in Big 12 play. When I write that out, I guess it would be smart for you to move on to basketball season. I don’t cover basketball, but I did see the Cyclones knock off the No. 1 team in the country, which was cool to see.

@CMack0507 asks: With Luke Fickell gone, what does this do to Cincinnati’s outlook as they enter the Big 12?

Duke: It’s definitely an interesting situation up there in Cincinnati with Luke Fickell going to Wisconsin. Honestly, it was a great hire by Wisconsin, but I am not really sure what Cincinnati is going to do now. They have a top 40 recruiting class, and I don’t think that will stick no matter who the new coach will be. However, if you think about it, this should be a very attractive job for someone out there. They are upgrading facilities and will be in a power five conference next season. This hire will be crucial for the future of Cincinnati football as a program because if they make the wrong hire, then they could be set back for years to come. Maybe they will hire internally but they may not have to look too far. Jason Candle at Toledo is a solid coach who should definitely get an interview at the very least.


@louisdjKSI asks: What are the odds of TCU going to the Cotton Bowl if they lose the Big 12 title game?

Duke: I had to double-check, but I believe those odds would be very high. If Kansas State knocks off TCU, then I would think that they would be ranked ahead of the Horned Frogs but who knows with this playoff committee? If that happens then Kansas State would get the Sugar Bowl bid and TCU would likely go to the Cotton Bowl because they would still be a top-ten team even with a loss in the Big 12 title game. But if we are being honest here, the best thing for the Big 12 would be for TCU to win on Saturday and get into the College Football Playoff.

@mat_with2ts_asks: Where does Iowa State go from here? What do you think it will take for Matt Campbell to get us back on track?

Duke: The first thing I would do is evaluate the offensive staff. It’s no secret that the offense is a big part of the problem with this football team. The offensive line has regressed over the years and the run game fell off a cliff without Breece Hall. I believe Matt Campbell needs to find himself a new offensive line coach and a new offensive coordinator to change things up. In last week’s mailbag, I mentioned some candidates for the job, and I strongly believe that any one of them would be an upgrade over Tom Manning. Lastly, get the special teams fixed. Go out and find a punter and a kicker already. He shouldn’t mess with the defense at all because they were the heart and soul of that team, but he must fix the offense and special teams to start winning some of these close games.


@CalebCannon4 asks: What Big 12 player didn’t get enough love this season?

Duke: There are several players that I could mention but there is an obvious player who has been completely overlooked by the national media. You know who belongs in New York City for the Heisman ceremony? TCU quarterback Max Duggan. The man has willed his team to victory week in and week out with a 12-0 record and will be looking to win a Big 12 title this weekend. Max has thrown 29 touchdown passes this season and has just three interceptions on the year. He also has rushed for 555 yards and has six rushing touchdowns as well. The talking heads want to talk about Caleb Williams and C.J. Stroud which is fine but don’t forget about what Max Duggan has done so far this year because it has been extremely impressive.

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