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Tyler Shough on Biggest Difference Between Big 12 and Pac-12: ‘The Fans’

While the Pac-12 conference has found itself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons lately, one former conference member shifted the conversation to the on-the-field product.

Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough spent his first three seasons of college football with the Oregon Ducks and when asked about the differences between his former conference and the Big 12, Shough highlighted the fanbases as the main difference.


“The biggest difference between the Big 12 and the Pac-12 is the fans. You’re going to have a certain few teams in the Pac-12 in Oregon, Washington, USC maybe, with some large fanbases that are gonna show out for each game, but I think in the Big 12, every single team across the board has a really rowdy fanbase.”

Shough continued by saying, “Each stadium is gonna be packed, there’s not really a drop off like going off to an easy away opponent where there’s not going to be that many people there. Maybe like a Cal or Stanford game. Something like that where it’s kind of known where there’s maybe not that many people. I think that’s the biggest difference I’ve seen, you don’t know what’s going on, but you know it’s going to be a rowdy atmosphere.”

Shough’s biggest year at Oregon came in 2020 where he threw for 106 completions, 1,559 yards, and a touchdown to interception ratio of 13-6. He now enters the season as the starter in Lubbock leading Joey McGuire’s squad which was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 Conference preseason media poll.

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