HCS Mailbag: Texas On its Way Out, The Top Four Programs in the Big 12

Texas' Keilan Robinson (7) celebrates a touchdown in front of Oklahoma State's Cameron Epps (7) in the second half of the Big 12 Football Championship game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023.

Welcome to the HCS Big 12 Football mailbag. This mailbag is for all you football junkies out there who root for a Big 12 school, and 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. I want to thank each one of you who submitted a question this week (On Twitter and Facebook) because this will be my final mailbag for 2023. As for tonight’s drink of choice? You’ll just have to see for yourself. See you in 2024! Cheers!

CYCLONATOR asks: Top 4 programs for the next 5 years in the B12?

Duke: This is an extremely tough question because there is still so much unknown out there. Over the next five years, I could see schools like Oklahoma State, UCF, Kansas State, Colorado (with Deion), and Utah being the top dogs. Of course, some folks reading this are going to be upset that I didn’t include their school but if you are giving me four schools over the next five years, I would say those five belong in that conversation right now. However, with NIL and the transfer portal things can change very quickly.


Christian Goodman asks: Texas fans lustily booed Brett Yormark during the trophy presentation on Saturday, even as Sark implored them to quiet down. Do you consider those fans to be classless as Texas exits the Big 12, or do you consider that part of the passion of college football?

Duke: I had zero issue with Texas fans booing Brett Yormark. In fact, when that was happening, I was inside the Oklahoma State postgame interview room waiting for Mike Gundy to arrive, but I was able to watch everything from my phone. Honestly, I thought it was pretty funny and I understand why Texas fans weren’t happy with Yormark after his comments before the season. There was no harm done and it’s just part of college football. Fans are passionate and that is what I love about this sport.

Bryan from Facebook asks: If Georgia would have beaten Alabama in the SEC title game, would Florida State have gotten in over Texas?

Duke: Before selection Sunday, I would have said no. But after seeing what happened, I do believe Texas would have gotten in over Florida State if Alabama lost on Saturday. Think about this. If the committee put Alabama in over Florida State now, then why wouldn’t they have done the same with Texas? Texas beat Alabama by double digits on the road and went 12-1 as a conference champion. To me, this decision was based on Florida State’s quarterback injuries and that is why Alabama ultimately got in.


Preston from Facebook asks: When will the NCAA realize the current landscape of college football is good for the few and not for the many?

Duke: I am not sure that the NCAA has a clue of what is going on right now in the world of college football. We have seen the way they handle scandals and punishments, and I am not sure how anyone would feel good about them doing anything right now. If you ask me who I trust more, the NCAA or the government? I would have a hard time picking between the two. Don’t expect the NCAA to do anything about NIL anytime soon because they like sitting there, collecting their fat checks and doing absolutely nothing.

Fred from Facebook asks: Should there be a cap on NIL?

Duke: I don’t think it is a bad idea but at the same time I can’t blame a player for taking the most money. Also, what would the cap be? One million? Two million? I mean where would it stop? I think the NCAA needs to find a way to set some ground rules and try to get this thing under control. Something needs to change because it just feels like there is a bunch of tampering and free agency going on right now.

Desert Clone asks: On a scale of 0-1. How much are you going to miss Texas?

Duke: On a scale of 1-10 I would probably go with a five. I am going to miss the Red River Rivalry game for sure because that is one of the best rivalry games in all of college football. However, the one thing I am not going to miss is the media scrum and the attention they always seem to get for no reason. I get it, it’s Texas and everything is bigger but over the last ten-plus years (outside of this season) they have been an underachieving program. It was nice having Texas in the conference but at the same time, I am looking forward to change.

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