2016-2017 Big 12 Rankings: College Football & Basketball Combinations
How did the Big 12 rank this year in the two major sports? From 1 to 10, the Big 12 football and basketball combinations of 2016-2017.
How did the Big 12 schools rank in the two major sports?
It’s been a weird year considering the massive difference in the haves and have-nots in the two big sports.
Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor and West Virginia were among the best teams in the country this season in basketball, but the Jayhawks and Cyclones were miserable on the football field.
Oklahoma rolled through the football season, but didn’t show up on the court.
Unlike the SEC, basketball matters a bit more in the equation, and unlike the ACC, football is still the bigger of the two sports.
So how did the Big 12 teams rank in football and basketball this season?
This isn’t necessarily about which fan bases had the most fun – like the 25 Best College Football & Basketball Combinations list – this is about which schools had the most combined success in the two big sports.
10. Texas Longhorns
Football: Who loses to Kansas? The Charlie Strong era came to a painful end in a 5-7 season with a team that should’ve been far, far better. The win over Notre Dame to start the year turned out to be a tease.
Basketball: Shaka Smart was supposed to take Texas basketball to a whole new level, and he did. The Longhorns finished in last place in the league going 4-14, and ended the year 11-22 overall.
The Deal: Texas has its own network, has more money than a small country, and is bound by absolutely nothing. And yet the hoops team was the worst in the Big 12, and the football team had a losing season. Hook ‘em.
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Football: It was a whole lot of fun, putting up 524 points. But the defense gave up 522. Losing six games in seven dates ruined the season, but the 5-7 looks a little better after destroying Baylor to close things out.
Basketball: Tied for seventh in the conference, the Red Raiders finished 6-12, but came up with a winning record going 18-14.
The Deal: There might be a ton of flash, but the results aren’t there. Both teams were close to coming up with productive seasons, needing just one more football win to go bowling, and three more hoops victories to be in the NCAA mix.
8. TCU Horned Frogs
Football: TCU went bowling – and lost – in a disappointing 6-7 season. The defense was inexplicably mediocre and the offense not quite up to Big 12 snuff. Gary Patterson’s team finished fifth in the conference.
Basketball: At least the hoops team got into the NIT. It wasn’t a bad year in non-conference play, and shocking Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament was special, but the Horned Frogs still finished tied for seventh in the regular season.
The Deal: Neither team was horrible, but they weren’t good enough. The bar is set far higher than 6-7 now for the football program, while Jamie Dixon is supposed to do more on the hardwood.
7. Kansas Jayhawks
Football: The good: the Jayhawks finished with a two-win improvement. The bad: they finished 2-10. They beat Texas, though.
Basketball: The Jayhawks might have fizzled out in the Big 12 Tournament, but they won yet another Big 12 regular season title and earned a 1 seed in the NCAAs. All is right with the world.
The Deal: Kentucky showed that it’s possible for a basketball school to at least be okay at football. North Carolina can do both, Indiana went to a bowl, and Duke has been okay from time to time, too. The Jayhawks need just a wee bit from the football side.
6. Iowa State Cyclones
Football: While it was yet another struggle for the Cyclones, there was hope in the first season under Matt Campbell. Even so, they finished next-to-last in the conference in a 3-9 campaign.
Basketball: The Big 12 Tournament championship was terrific after finishing the regular season tied for second in the conference. Getting a 5 seed in the NCAAs was great, too, but all of that pales in comparison to the Deonte Burton all-timer dunk against West Virginia in the Big 12 championship.
The Deal: The Big 12 tournament hoops title bailed out a football program that has to start coming up with something fun. Just being occasionally competitive isn’t good enough, but Campbell is a promising head man.
5. Oklahoma Sooners
Football: Another year, another Big 12 championship. Closing out with a brilliant blowout Sugar Bowl win over Auburn. The Sooners won the league by two games thanks to another amazing year from an offense that cranked out two Heisman finalists.
Basketball: A year after a special Buddy Hield-led 29-win campaign, the Sooners fell into the abyss finishing ninth in the conference with an ugly 11-20 season. OU lost 11 of its last 14 games.
The Deal: The best program in both football and basketball last season – or, at least second behind Michigan State – the basketball side didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. However, as long as football is rolling, all is right in Norman.
4. Kansas State Wildcats
Football: Highlighted by a great bowl win over Texas A&M, it was yet another rock-solid season from Bill Snyder’s team. The Wildcats finished fourth in the Big 12 going 6-3 in conference and 9-4 overall.
Basketball: Plucky, the Wildcats were able to get into the NCAA First Four, and pushed into the rest of the tournament with a win over Wake Forest. They finished sixth in the Big 12, but made a nice move in the conference tournament with a big win over Baylor.
The Deal: One of just four teams in the conference to get to a bowl game and the NCAAs, the Wildcats were good thanks to two excellent coaches. They didn’t win any championships, but there’s no complaining about winning seasons.
3. Baylor Bears
Football: This is just about what happened on the field – since what happened off of it was a horrific disaster. It was a tough situation, but the Bears managed to rally back from a six-game losing streak with a bowl win over Boise State.
Basketball: No. 1 for a little while, it was an impressive season finishing tied for second in the regular season before getting bounced out of the Big Ten Tournament. An NCAA 3 seed isn’t bad, but midway through the year, the Bears were thinking a lot more.
The Deal: Again, not counting the problems within the school and the program in all of this, the football team at least got to a bowl game and finished with a winning record, while the basketball side was among the best in America.
2. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Football: The Cowboys might have missed out on the Big 12 title – finishing tied for second in the conference – but they closed out with an impressive bowl blowout over Colorado. OSU went 10-3.
Basketball: After an ugly 3-15 Big 12, 12-20 overall season, the Cowboys bounced back to finish fifth in the league and win 20 games before getting a 9 seed in the NCAAs.
The Deal: The basketball team might have finished in the middle of the pack, but the football team helped give the Cowboys a boost with yet another great season under Mike Gundy. They were a win against Oklahoma away from going to the Sugar Bowl.
1. West Virginia Mountaineers
Football: The year might have closed out with a bowl loss, but it was a strong season, finishing tied for second in the conference and a 10-3 overall campaign.
Basketball: Once again, the Mountaineers finished second in the Big 12 regular season, and fought their way to the Big 12 title game only to lose to Iowa State. Even so, it was yet another strong year under Bob Huggins, getting a 4 seed in the NCAAs.
The Deal: No, the Mountaineers didn’t take a title, but they got to the Big 12 championship game and football cranked up a ten-win season. Not bad for the relative new guy on the Big 12 block.