What-If Wednesday: Best Big 12 Running Back Duos, Plus Deion Sanders’ Leverage at Colorado

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at Kansas State

Welcome to our newest feature, which 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… UCF now has the best running back duo in the Big 12?

Then the Big 12 will be “RBU” this college football season. What other conference is going to have 1-2 punches at running back like UCF, Kansas State, West Virginia and Kansas?

UCF just landed Peny Boone from Louisville to go alongside RJ Harvey, while Kansas State just picked up Dylan Edwards to join forces with D.J. Giddens. West Virginia returns CJ Donaldson and Jahiem White, and Kansas returns Devin Neal and Daniel Hishaw.

At UCF, Boone and Harvey combined for over 2,800 yards on 420 carries (6.7 yards per carry) and 29 rushing touchdowns last season. But one can make a case for any of those having the best 1-2 punch going into the 2024 college football season, but the better case, as an outlet covering the Big 12, is how many SEC or Big Ten schools have 1-2 punches of this magnitude?

As I talked about with UCF play-by-play man Marc Daniels last week on our YouTube show, he noted how physical the Big 12 was compared to the national media narrative of a soft conference. That will once again be on display this fall.


What If… the NCAA actually begins revenue sharing with players?

Then, hopefully, we can also get some guardrails on the craziness that is the transfer portal and Name, Image, and Likeness.

In a move that would seismically change college sports as we know it, it was reported this week that there are “deep discussions” regarding a legal settlement that would give NCAA athletes revenue sharing, according to a new report from ESPN’s Dan Murphy and Pete Thamel. This is off the backs of a NIL antitrust class action lawsuit against the NCAA in Washington D.C.

It’s only a matter of time before this happens, so I’m all about expediting the process and moving onto a system that is more protected than this insanity of a college sports environment we are currently in.

What If… Deion Sanders has all the leverage at Colorado and knows it?

After The Athletic quoted former Colorado player Xavier White expressing disappointment in how he was handled by Deion Sanders at Colorado, the Sanders family has taken aim at White, a young man who transferred to Austin Peay and is now at UTEP.

Here is what Shedeur Sanders put on social media on Tuesday.


And then Deion put this on X on Wednesday.

This is the very definition of punching down. You’re Coach Prime, your son is a projected top NFL Draft pick in 2025, and you’re bringing more attention to a former, no-name player at Austin Peay, and something he said, rather than just ignoring it, being the bigger man, and moving on.


But what is Colorado going to do about it? Nothing. This is what they signed up for. And Colorado knows they’re trapped. Deion has them by the short hairs, and there is nothing they can do.

They can only hope the results on the field improve after a 4-8 season in 2023.

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