Welcome to Fact or Fiction Friday (on a Thursday). Each Friday, I give our Facebook fans an 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. Due to a Thursday game, I decided to do this a day early. Let’s crack it open and see what we have in store this week.
Ollie Gordon Rushes for Over 150 Yards and Oklahoma State Wins Bedlam
Fiction: What Ollie Gordon has been able to do over the last few weeks has been incredible. In the blink of an eye, he has become the nation’s leading rusher. He is not just the best running back in the Big 12 because he may be the best running back in the entire country. As good as he has been, I do think that Oklahoma will sell out to stop the run. They aren’t going to let Ollie Gordon beat them because they want someone else to. While I still believe he will rush for over 100 yards, I don’t see him crossing the 150-yard mark. Also, I am taking the Sooners to win in Stillwater.
Kansas State’s Defense is Enough to Beat Texas
Fact: Everyone loves to talk about Kansas State’s offense with Will Howard and Avery Johnson, but I feel like nobody is talking about their defense. Well, they should be because the Wildcats have the number one scoring defense in the Big 12 and the second-best run defense only behind Texas heading into this game. Call me crazy, but I still am not sure if Texas backup quarterback Maalik Murphy is good enough to beat a team like Kansas State. This Kansas State defense is a lot better than the BYU defense he faced last weekend.
The Big 12 Was in a No-Win Scenario When Coming Up with the New Schedule
Fiction: I understand that bringing in more schools is going to make the scheduling a little more difficult especially when the conference isn’t going to have divisions or pods. However, they could have done a better job when it comes to protecting rivalries. I get that the conference wants everyone to play each other in the next four years but there is no reason why a team can’t have more than one protected rival. There are so many I could name but the biggest thing I had an issue with Kansas State and Iowa State not playing in 2027. Farmageddon has been played every single year since 1917 and it would be an absolute shame to end it due to some poor scheduling. Rivalries are a big part of why college football is so great.
The Conference Adjusts the Recently Announced Football Schedule
Fiction: Don’t get me wrong here, I really wish they would change a few things. But are they going to? I highly doubt it. Maybe if enough of the presidents and athletic directors complain enough something could change but I don’t see that happening and I don’t see the conference changing anything even if people don’t agree with it. Maybe I should drive up to Big 12 headquarters and try and get a meeting with Brett Yormark. I doubt I would even make it through the door without being thrown out.
Iowa State Trips Up Kansas and Sneaks into the Conference Title Conversation
Fact: I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but Iowa State is already in the conference title conversation. If you are tied for first place in the month of November, then you are a title contender. Iowa State will beat Kansas this weekend and people will be talking about this team more. The Cyclones are playing their best football going into the home stretch and are a dangerous team. Plus, this game is being played at Jack Trice at night. I must go with them on that alone.