Big 12 Media Days: 5 Key Questions. Is Texas Back? Is Jalen Hurts Good Enough?

Big 12 Media Days: 5 Key Questions. Is Texas Back? Is Jalen Hurts Good Enough?

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Big 12 Media Days: 5 Key Questions. Is Texas Back? Is Jalen Hurts Good Enough?


1. Q: Is this still going to be the most fun conference in college football?

Seriously, what more could you have possibly wanted out of a conference week in and week out?

Yeah, Oklahoma and Texas rolled to the conference championship game, and the rest of the league was just a big bag of okay, but who cares when you’re having that much fun?

Start with Cameron Dicker the freshman Texas kicker beating Oklahoma in the 48-45 shootout. When your signature game is that, and it might not even be in the team photo of the most entertaining games of the conference season, your league is a blast.

Defense, schmefense … what wasn’t amazing about the OU 51-46 win over Texas Tech, or the bombs-away 59-56-fest against Will Grier and West Virginia, or the gripping 48-47 win over Oklahoma State?

Was there any bigger chutzpah moment than Grier’s game-winning finish in the 42-41 win over Texas? The Mountaineers got that one, but were on the wrong side in the 45-41 game against Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys had their share of heartbreakers, too. like in an insanely fun 35-31 loss to Baylor and the 48-42 thrill ride against Iowa State.

And this goes on and on and on …

Even Kansas pushed Texas in a 24-17 game, hung 40 on Oklahoma in a loss, and shocked TCU 27-26.

“But the conference doesn’t play any defense,” you say.

Yeah, TCU’s season was more about offensive ineptitude than amazing D, but seven of its last nine games were decided by seven points or fewer, and its offense scored more than 17 points just three times in the stretch.

So will this still be as fun? Why not?

Is Lincoln Riley the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys? Not yet.

Is Matt Rhule the head coach of the New York Jets? Not yet.

Is Matt Campbell the head coach of (insert bigger Power Five program than Iowa State here)? Not yet.

Is Kliff Kingsbury the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals? Uhhhhh, yeah, somehow, but Matt Wells should pump up the Texas Tech offense if his quarterbacks can stay healthy.

Are any of the Big 12 teams looking worse than they were this time last year? Not appreciably so, if at all.

Is defense still optional enough to keep the shootouts coming? Of course.

Is this going to be the most entertaining sugar-rush conference in college football? Yeah, every week.

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