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What-If Wednesday: Big 12 Football Schedules, Houston Basketball is Big 12’s Best

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Kansas

Join us for this one and let’s have some fun.

Welcome into our newest feature, we’re calling, “What-If Wednesday”. In this column, I’ll propose a handful of questions that, at this point, have not come to fruition. But IF they do, what will come out of it? What’s the end game?

Join us for this one and let’s have some fun.

 

What if the Big 12 Football Schedule Embraced Rivalry Week?

Then, we could’ve had Baylor vs. TCU, Kansas vs. Kansas State and Utah vs. BYU all taking place the last weekend of the regular season. Right now, the only true rivalry game that final weekend of the 2024 Big 12 football season is Arizona vs. Arizona State.

I understand the Big 12 may not want to try and go right up against the Big Ten and SEC during rivalry week with Alabama vs. Auburn, Ohio State vs. Michigan, etc., however, the Big 12 does need to start building rivalries, and putting them during what is considered “rivalry week” in college football is one way to start doing it.

I’d add in West Virginia vs. Cincinnati, Texas Tech vs. Houston/Oklahoma State and Colorado vs. Iowa State (old Big 12 North) to this list for final games of the regular season. Make it annual, make it fun.

But of course we know this won’t happen, as only a handful of rivalries were protected in the league (Baylor vs. TCU, Kansas vs. Kansas State, BYU vs. Utah and Arizona vs. Arizona State), which was a mistake. But that’s a conversation for another day.

 

What If the Big 12 Becomes the Most Unpredictable League in College Football?

Then the Big 12 needs to fully embrace it.

Fine, there’s no “blue bloods”, although it’s easy to argue that the term is overused by national media to protect its favorite programs. But heck, Oklahoma State and Utah have had better runs over the last decade or more than, say, USC out west, or Tennessee in the SEC. But no one will think of the former two as “blue bloods”, despite their long track record.

That being said, the Big 12 should fully embrace all the chaos that’s likely to come in this conference. It’s going to be wild and unpredictable, and that’s just the way we like it in the Big 12 Conference.

One piece of advice, though: Get the damn tiebreaker rules ironed out early this year.

Thanks, from all of us in Big 12 country.

 

What if Houston is the Clear No. 1 in Big 12 Basketball?

Then the Houston Cougars might actually run away with a Big 12 regular season championship. IF, and it’s a big IF, Houston can win at Kansas on Saturday, the Cougars will be 7-2 in league play, which will be good for at least a half-game lead over the rest of the field, and would be a full two games up over the Kansas Jayhawks.

Now Houston does have a head-to-head loss to Iowa State, however the schedule for Houston is favorable, with Oklahoma, Cincinnati and Texas on deck, before another match up against Iowa State, but that game will be at home. Meantime, Iowa State has four ranked games in their next season with games at Baylor, at Texas, vs. TCU, at Cincinnati, vs. Texas Tech and at Houston.

And then there’s Texas Tech, who has four ranked games in their next six, with match ups vs. Cincinnati, at Baylor, vs. UCF, vs. Kansas, at Iowa State and vs. TCU.

So Houston appears like it has the upper hand based on talent and scheduling, but in this conference, anything can happen. However the next two weeks will be very telling in the conference race.

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