Tillery’s Trends: Transfer Portal Quarterbacks, Big 12/Big East Challenge

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Everyone loves a good trend, and while I may not speak for everyone in the wide world of college sports, I do have the opportunity on Heartland College Sports to discuss some interesting trends revolving around the Big 12 Conference and what’s coming up in the near future.

Tillery’s Trends is a weekly story that revolves around trending topics, players, coaches, teams, betting lines, and anything else that stands out about the world of college sports.

On the menu for today, we take a look at the Big 12 QBs in the transfer portal, the Big 12 vs. Big East basketball challenge, and some high-profile coaches on the move. Enjoy!



Ladies and gentlemen, let me remind you that the transfer portal doesn’t officially open until Monday, but with the names we’ve already seen entered, it makes sense that most are unaware of that fact.

The Big 12 Conference has already seen some massive names hit the portal, including Will Howard, Tyler Shough, and Blake Shapen.

Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough started the trend on November 19th, followed by Kansas State quarterback Will Howard, and then Baylor QB Blake Shapen. Howard earned All-Big 12 Second Team Honors this year, Shapen was the lone bright spot for Baylor, and Shough missed the majority of the season due to injuries.

The trio of quarterbacks have totaled 14,282 passing yards, 1,523 rushing yards, 104 passing touchdowns, and 31 rushing touchdowns throughout their time in the Big 12, each of whom should be headed somewhere to capitalize on their strengths in the near future.

If what Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule said about how much NIL money it costs to land a solid quarterback in the transfer portal is true, Howard, Shapen, and Shough should all have some good fortune headed their way soon.



While the Big 12 Conference is without a doubt the best basketball conference in America in my mind, fans of the Big East Conference always seem to dispute that claim. While it’s tough to gauge the actual outcome when matched together, fans of both conferences are building some argument points to discuss with this year’s Big 12, Big East basketball challenge.

The Big East jumped out to an early 2-0 record on Thursday with Butler taking down Texas Tech in overtime 103-95, followed by No. 15 Creighton taking care of business 79-65 over Oklahoma State.

While the first two games may not have worked out in favor of the Big 12, the games that follow will be a spectacle for all.

Here is the list of games to tune in for.

Houston at Xavier, Dec. 1, 5:30 PM CT, FS1

St. John’s at West Virginia, Dec. 1, 6:00 PM CT, ESPN2

Iowa State at DePaul, Dec. 1, 7:30 PM CT, FS1

UConn at Kansas, Dec. 1, 8:00 PM CT, ESPN2

TCU at Georgetown, Dec. 2, 4:30 PM CT, FS1

Providence at Oklahoma, Dec. 5, 6:00 PM CT, ESPNU

Villanova at Kansas State, Dec. 5, 6:00 PM CT, ESPN2

Seton Hall at Baylor, Dec. 5, 8:00 CPM CT, ESPN2

Texas at Marquette, Dec. 6, 7:00 PM CT, FS1



Well, that happened fast…

Big 12 fans have both official and unofficial reports on the future of West Virginia, Houston, and Baylor, as well as some important updates on coordinators at Kansas, Oklahoma, and Baylor.

Friday started off hot with West Virginia announcing that the team would be bringing back Neal Brown for the 2024 season. More news followed closely behind with reports confirming that the Houston Cougars are focused on hiring Tulane HC Willie Fritz after the conclusion of championship weekend.

While not all updates are positive in the coaching carousel, Baylor found both good and bad news by retaining Dave Aranda under specific guidelines, while cutting ties to offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.

Both the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks lost their OCs in 2023 with Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby earning the head coaching job at Mississippi State, while Kansas offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki would be joining Penn State in the same role.

Despite some high-profile moves already being made, Big 12 fans could see even more shocking changes in the coming weeks of the coaching carousel.

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